Letter: Election is past; stop whining, fix broken nation


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Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2012, 2:56 pm
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Twenty years ago, I swore an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States.There was nothing about "until the end of my enlistment," or "as long as you wear the uniform." There is nothing that says I need a gun to do it.

I have grown tired of watching people wrap themselves in their interpretation of the Constitution, seeking to twist and exploit it for their own ends, while shouting about "protecting individual liberties." In the hours following the election, as winners were being declared, emotions were high. Twitter was flooded with celebrities decrying the election results as a "dark day for America." They could not be more right, and more wrong.

The failure of so-called Super PACs to "buy" their candidates into office and the subsequent meltdown, on air, of one's founder and figurehead, have proven that money is not speech, and the person who spends the most does not get what he/she wants. The biblical doom-saying and calls for revolution by celebrities on the right are shameful, pathetic and embarrassing. This kind of tantrum-throwing disgraces the memories of everyone who has ever put on a uniform to defend the rights in which they enshroud themselves to defend their bad behavior.

Both sides agree the country is a mess, and both want to help their country and their fellow man. We have chosen the people who will be representing us, using a system set forth by wiser men than anyone speaking out this cycle. It is time to use that system to its fullest potential, instead of whining about how broken it is because you didn't get your way, whichever way that may be.

Aaron Ring,
Rock Island

















 




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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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