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Published: Friday, Aug. 29 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Usually I try to get organized in salving a puzzle. Respect is earned, like the office of the President. the man still hasn't earned mine.

The Educator
South Jordan , UT

Name one method our President has employed that hasn't been used by previous Presidents.

Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

Puzzling analogy, but in any event Republicans want to take away as many puzzle pieces as possible and thus prevent the president from solving the puzzle in any way.

higv
Dietrich, ID

Did you pass your American Government class? Did you realize there are 3 branches of government? The President can't get anything done without the consent of Congress. If so he would have too much power. I read where Teddy Roosevelt said Patriotism is supporting the President when he stands by the country. Something to that effect. We have a duty to contact our congress and tell them to support or not support what is in the best interest of the country. Not blindly follow what he wants. Besides there is a thing called freedom of speech and the press I will use that.

RN
St. George, UT

Instead of constantly criticizing our current president we should be more concerned about the office of president itself. Many presidents, conservative and liberal have been expanding the presidential powers for decades. Many people abuse political power, this is an issue with our governmental/political culture, not with any specific president.

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

Lindstrom's letter is absolute nonsense. We owe no duty to the President which requires us to ignore and even support tactics which are clearly designed to turn America into just another European-style post-Christian socialist state.

Sadly, this letter is representative of the thought process of much of the public. In her seminal book Age of American Unreasonable, even a liberal writer like Jacoby recognized that much of the public has no critical thinking skills.

No serious person can deny that Western Civilization has truly reached its lowest point in several millennia. Essentially, the great croc-wearing hordes are dragging society into depravity. Our society is rapidly approaching a new Dark Age. This process will soon reach the stage of being irreversible unless we act fast to protect what little refinement still exists in society.

SEY
Sandy, UT

There will be no mercy for this letter. Sit back and watch the train wreck.

RC in WJ
WEST JORDAN, UT

IMO Mr. Lindstrom should get the "Letter to the editor of the year award". Not because he is a Democrat, Republican or Independent, but because of his common sense approach! Thats the good news! Bad new is that hatred, bigotry and selfishness all to often trumps common sense! We will more than likely witness some of this in following posts; as "SEY" posts "There will be no mercy for this letter. Sit back and watch the train wreck."

happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

Michael, first of all you are a little late with this. Your sentiment should have come right after his re-election. Obama is now on the downside of his Presidency, and could be very lame duck beginning next January. And we are a very divided country right now. So, little gets done in an equally divided government in Washington D.C. And that is why we have frequent elections in America. Every two years for the whole House. So if things are stalled, elections can get thing moving, IF that is what the people want. We'll see in November.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Spoken like a true Berliner of 1938.

I guess Lech Walesa and the Solidarity movement in Poland in the late 80s and all those who fled the iron curtain were wrong?

They all should have just accepted what they had and been happy and supportive until something better came along?

No, we have a right and a RESPONSIBILITY to speak up when we don’t like what our elected officials are doing.

It is not only HOW he is putting the pieces together that we decry, but the picture he is trying to create. His view for our future is horribly disturbing and his extra-constitutional methods are Stalinesque.

In some cases we wish he DID have an idea – BO admitted having no strategy for ISIS. They have been around since 2013, and he doesn’t have a strategy how to deal with them? How many more Americans do they need to murder before he’ll bother with them? He has time and energy to demonize the GOP and try to grant amnesty to illegals, but none for ISIS? Maybe when ISIS starts sneaking across our borders? Oh well, he has secret service protection.

Your call for blind subservience is extremely troubling.

ECR
Burke, VA

JCS - The "great croc-wearling hordes" are now responsible for the degradation of all of society? Isee you've used that term in previous posts related to other articles. What is it about a specific type of shoe that has led to that down fall? What the letter writer is suggesting, and nothing more, is that it is perfectly acceptable to disagree with the president while allowing him to do his job. In lieu of any meaningful action by the Republicans in Congress, the president is doing what he legally can to move things forward.

And yes, higv, we all understand the constitutional makeup of our government. But when the Congress, by their own admission, deliberately tries to stifle any action in passing laws, they should expect the president to do whatever he can. So far, the only real action the Republicans have taken is to shut down the government and many of them are suggesting they will do that again. If you're planning to write to your Congressman please tell THEM to follow their constitutional duties and work for the common good of the nation and not just for the selfish interests of those that finance their campaigns.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Dose the author (Michael) mean like how the liberals accept and respect President Bush? Or does he infer that only Democrat presidents are worthy of respect?

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Just what would JCS 7:22 think of an Obama effort to reverse the trend (according to JCS) towards a new Dark Age? Would he support a plan to reform and regenerate society, or would he insist in these posts that Obama is no doubt a tyrant who wants to use "reform" as an excuse for total government domination?

SEY
Sandy, UT

So here's another analogy: if the pilot of the aircraft we're flying decides to land us in a live volcano, should we encourage him "because his methods are different than most people?" Are we obligated to "accept him" so that he can "complete the puzzle his way?" I can apply this to George W. Bush or just about any other past president, so this isn't a Republican vs. Democrat thing for me.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

These types of kinder, gentler appeals appear as the Republicans sense a three way Republican stranglehold, of the government, is on the horizon.

The kinder, gentler Republican model implemented over the last 6 years will not be soon forgotten by the opposition.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

The blah, blah, blah, in this forum is amusing. When I criticized Bushes Middle East fiascos I was labeled a traitor. I was hit from all sides that the best policy for America was watching Osama Bin Laden manipulate our destruction and distract us from the real threats to our security. Since Bush's train wreck we have had little of pulling up the old boots by the bootstraps and fixing things as a nation, ie the well documented strategy of seditious obstructionism, and consistent whine of conservative parrots that yearn for the good ole days of starting wars and their fear that the path to oligarchy will be derailed. No, I don't want to hear anymore of the fact-less hyperbole that POTUS is doing anything other than what anyone else would have done under the same circumstances because this is a first. I wonder what else about Obama was a first? You're intelligent. You figure it out.

happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

ECR

Just so that you and others understand what has happened, we conservative/Republicans are glad that nothing is getting done. What Obama wanted we did not want. So, for us, nothing getting done is better than bad things (like ACA) getting done. The system is working great for us right now. A President who does not have the ego strength or experience to understand how to approach the opposition and work out a deal of compromise. Most all of the House and Senate have done that now for years. Both in Congress and in their previous political offices. It is Obama who doesn't seem to understand the political game. And all he needs to do is ask Bill Clinton who had to deal with a much tougher Republican than anyone in the House now, Newt Gingrich. Clinton made it work, even when Congress went against him. Obama pouts because he does not get everything his way. That is the problem with electing a President who had everything handed to him all his life and no one ever told him no, until he became President.

Emerger
Magna, Salt Lake, UT

The office is only as respectable as the man who holds it.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

What is the duty of the President? Is he in office to implement HIS plans or is he there to execute the laws passed by Congress? (Hint: The President cannot legislate. The Constitution forbids any branch of government except Congress to legislate.)

If he can't legislate, then how do we judge him? How can he earn our respect? He can earn it by faithfully honoring his oath of office where he swore that he would protect and defend the Constitution. Has he done that or has he stomped all over the Constitution?

We don't respect him because he does not respect us. He should be the one person in America who can be counted upon to uphold the Constitution - as written. He has refused to do that.

He has used the "Chicago political model" where his only purpose in office is to keep Democrats in power. Who can respect someone who has done that?

ECR
Burke, VA

happy2bhere said "we conservative/Republicans are glad that nothing is getting done. What Obama wanted we did not want. So, for us, nothing getting done is better than bad things (like ACA) getting done."

Most pragmatists would disagree with you. Getting something done would always be better, even if it is not perfectly in line with your political conscience, than doing nothing at all. President Obama made several concessions regarding the ACA before it was passed. And many of the elements in the ACA were previously supported, even championed, by Republicans until they became part of the legislation proposed by our first black president.

Compromise and find common ground. That is how Congress worked for most of our history. You are right to compliment Newt Gingrich. As much as I disagree with his philosophies, I admit that he understood what the current Republican leadership doesn't understand today, that working with, rather against the president is the way to make good things happen. Our economy soared after they worked together.

The words spoken in public - "liar" "one term president" etc. - will not endear the president to the Congress, not now, not anytime in the future.

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