Letter: Stop being Republicans or Democrats; be Americans


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Posted Online: Nov. 12, 2012, 6:00 am
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Here's my message to all disappointed Republicans:

Don't be discouraged by the election results. Although your candidate lost, he gave a gracious and meaningful concession speech, wishing the president success in leading our country, saying we shouldn't engage in partisan bickering and encouraging both sides to reach across the aisle and work together.

For those of us who support President Obama, this is not a time to be smug. After a presidential election we all need to put the hostility of the campaign behind us and pull together for the good of the country -- as many of us wish had happened four years ago.

This is the time to stop being Democrats and Republicans and just be Americans.

I expect you to disagree with President Obama at times, to criticize him and to express differing opinions on the issues. But I am hoping for our country's sake that you don't engage in the hateful vitriol that we saw during the past four years. You accomplish nothing by calling the president a Nazi, a communist, or a terrorist sympathizer. You don't benefit your country by contriving false accusations about his religion, his origin of birth or by making vulgar insults about his wife.

President Obama is not bragging about a mandate or about having political capital to spend. He is, once again, humbly asking Republicans to work with him to help the country move forward.

Republicans now have a choice. They can continue the obstructionism of the past few years that only harms our country or they can work together with President Obama in good faith to benefit the country.


Jeff Brammann,
Le Claire















 



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