To the Editor:
In his column, Cal Thomas wrote, “President Barack Obama pledged to end partisanship, but instead has exacerbated it.”
Really? In the first week of his presidency, Republicans gathered to make sure he was a one-term president and resisted every attempt President Obama made toward bipartisanship, even as he left President Bush’s tax cuts alone. President Obama has been spurned at every attempt at bipartisanship by the Republicans in his first four years of office.
Cal Thomas’ definition of “extortion” should apply to the Republicans, not to President Obama.
Thomas writes, “Republicans might use a government ‘shutdown’ to urge citizens to reflect on government’s proper role and why Washington has become so dysfunctional.” What he really means is that the corporations want to get rid of government, privatize everything and become more of an oligarchy than we are now.
Courts always have played an active role in our government, notably in segregation, voting rights and even Obamacare. Thomas wants our Constitution to be a constitution of corporations. Remember, there is no “Bill of Rights” in a corporation.
The government may be dysfunctional because the top 1 percent, making 95 percent of the recent gains in the economy, does not respect the laws of this country and wants to make its own laws.
This bunch is not compassionate, thoughtful or Christian. God help America.