Mr. Barrie Johnson castigated Mitt Romney in a recent letter (Viewpoint, Aug. 19), centering on the claim that Mr. Romney has no foreign policy. My belief is that President Obama’s foreign policy has been a total disaster, particularly in the Middle East. He denies Israel the ability to defend itself in favor of the Muslims surrounding that country. He supported the overthrow of Egypt and Libya, both of which are now controlled by Muslim radicals. He appears to be doing nothing in Syria, where the radicals also seem to be gaining control. In a meeting with a Russian official, Obama hinted at some sort of cooperation to take effect when he wins his second term. His wife carries a $500 purse and wears a $6,000 blouse, while taking expensive vacations all over the world at taxpayer expense. The Black Panther intimidation of voters goes unpunished, and Obama ignores the legal system to enforce his own version of the law with regard to illegal immigration.
Mr. Johnson also finds it convenient to ignore the rule of law, which is that the accuser is to prove guilt. So, Harry Reid claims to “have heard” that Romney has not paid taxes for the past ten years, and Mr. Johnson demands that Romney release his tax records. (How about the several Obama cabinet members who had failed to pay their taxes for any number of years?) Why does Mr. Johnson fail to remark on Obama’s refusal to release he or his wife’s personal records? After all I’ve read that both President and Mrs. Obama were forced to give up their licenses to practice law because of charges issued by the Illinois Bar. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know if that is true, or if President Obama attended college as a foreign student, and under what passport he traveled to Pakistan, when that was a denied area for American citizens?
Speaking for myself, I have no faith in President Obama’s ability to govern. Mitt Romney has at least demonstrated an understanding of the function of business, and his selection of Ryan as his Vice Presidential candidate indicates the importance he places on the economics of government. If Romney wins this election, then our country will be free of the threat of a Socialist government for the immediate future, which is what I believe is Mr. Johnson’s real concern.
George A. Bratina, Spokane, Wash.