To the editor:
The people of Louisa County and the surrounding area should be proud of their participation in our recent election. As a Republican, I was disappointed in the results, but I hope that those elected will do their best for all Americans.
I would like to congratulate Abigail Spanberger for her win. Her post-election comments highlighting the election issues of defunding the police and socialism were much appreciated. It is my hope that her statement reflects her core beliefs and not just political posturing. I encourage Spanberger to vote for someone other than Nancy Pelosi and assist the establishment of a caucus of moderate representatives from both sides of the aisle.
Now for Stacy Briley’s recent letter to the editor titled “Questioning Trump’s results.” Animosity impairs one’s judgement. Like Hillary Clinton, her jaded view of Biden’s opponents causes her opposition to close their eyes and ears to her vitriol and makes discussion problematic.
One can question President Trump’s governance style, as I have done. However, his accomplishments are many and include building a strong economy and military; challenging our foreign policy of go-along, get-along; and numerous other achievements. As a nation we are in a much stronger position than we were when President Trump took office, COVID-19 notwithstanding. History will tell the story of how the U.S. and the world responded to the pandemic.
Finally, my response to some of the questions that Briley posed in her letter:
Our military was operating on a shoestring when President Trump assumed office. The primary responsibility of any government is to protect its citizens from foreign and domestic foes. Today, our military has been restored with the capabilities needed to protect us.
The Iran peace accord, Paris climate agreement and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals are all administrative actions. Each of these is a failure on the part of the previous administration. Rather than take each of these issues to Congress for approval, President Obama signed our nation up for agreements that have no permanence. Treaties have permanency; accords/agreements are but a handshake.
President Trump has been subjected to continued political harassment for the past five years. The Russian collusion hoax was perpetrated by the Obama administration, supported by senior national intelligence administrators, and used politically by Congress to cripple the Trump presidency. Our own Senator Mark Warner became the Adam Schiff of the Senate, a clarion of untruths.
Immigration is an issue that can and should be addressed. It was an issue that the Democrats could have easily addressed in 2009 and 2010, when they held the presidency and both houses of Congress. A house without a door invites unwanted guests. A nation without a door eventually loses its identity.
Ms. Briley, I am sorry that you feel like a disappointed parent. As a parent of seven children, my wife and my parenting style was one of love, discipline and responsibility. Our objective was to have our children grow into adulthood, educated, independent of us, and responsible for their actions. Our upbringing and Catholic faith dictates a respect for all individuals, period! Like our nation, our children’s achievements have far outweighed their failures, and they have learned.
I wish all elected officials success during their upcoming tenure, until the next election.
God bless and Happy Thanksgiving.