Goshen News, Goshen, IN

November 10, 2012

Election results break writer's heart


— Mr. President, unlike your wife, I have always been proud of my country, The United States of America. I am 60 years old, white, single female, so I realize that I am not of any interest you. I have never failed to vote in any election. In fact, I ran for elected local office three times. I won twice and lost my third attempt by 13 votes.

My heart was broken with the results of this election because I honestly believe your victory was gained by deception, distraction and a total lack of respect for the political process and the Office of The President. Money and evasion should not be the deciding factors in any election. Honest debate and an honest exchange of ideas should be the basis upon which the voters make their choice. We were not presented with honesty or ideas in this election. We were fed a constant diet of “it was President Bush’s Fault” and “We are checking into the Fast and Furious and Benghazi.” Who exactly will you be blaming for the next four years?

I am steady in my belief that America is a great nation and that we have saved many lives by fighting for human rights and freedom from oppression for those longing to be free. I have not lost heart in the goodness of the American people….but I do not and will not credit you with that goodness…. It has been part of our national fabric way before you entered into the picture, and despite your attempts to control or dampen them; our hearts, strength and goodness will survive even your second term as the president.

—Becca Briscoe

Goshen