- The Washington Times - Friday, February 5, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

During his visit to the Republicans’ annual retreat in Baltimore last Friday, President Obama chastised Republicans for “obstructing” his agenda and being “partisan.” Well, there are very good reasons for them to do both.

It is their job to represent the people, not to rubber-stamp an agenda not in their or their country’s best interests. Does the president expect the Republicans to validate the ruinous, unprecedented federal spending that is sending this country into a socialist tailspin without objection, debate or confrontation with the facts?

Mr. Obama wants the Republicans (as Democrats have already capitulated) to fiddle while the economy burns and the most prosperous and generous nation in history goes from superpower to supercoward. Agreement is not possible where there is no common meeting ground. Alarming departures from social, economic, educational and moral standards require obstruction.

Big and bigger government goes from bad to worse. It has become obvious even to those too young to have lived through more acceptable times that the federal government is fast becoming their enemy and that a course correction is imperative. Founded on Judeo-Christian principles, America has been the most prosperous nation in history, the most generous, and the hope of civilization. This has eroded slowly into a government that exists for itself alone, not for the good of the citizens forced to pay for it.

When the federal government interferes beyond its purpose and competence, the problems become worse. The government has assumed the right to dictate terms and policies, as it has done in energy, education, welfare, medicine, religion, taxation and free elections, all to the detriment of the people.

Understanding the principles of successful government and standing up for them is not “partisan.” It is vital to national survival.

ELIZABETH WARD NOTTRODT

Baltimore

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