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  • 1.
  • If anyone at the Observer has any intellectual curiosity, they would have discovered that the president was a poor "borrower" of the stump speech of Elizabeth Warren. She coined most of the "un-american" verbiage.

    I would say he made a poor choice of words, but his policies and legislation are far from socialist or Marxist. Obamacare is not a socialized healthcare system like Canada or UK single payer system. It is in fact a system the resembles one that was originally proposed by our President in 1972 - Richard Nixon. In 1995 - Newt Gingrich supported an individual mandate. Mitt Romney enacted a plan in Massachusetts that is almost identical.

    I've been an entrepeneur and still am. The infrastructure of our country both physical (highways/bridges) and virtual (wireless spectrum, internet) were developed in large part through government initiatives. Many businesses have benefited from them and utilized them. Is that not true? Obama was not attacking individual freedoms, but making a point that in many cases the government is helpful and to simply say as many Tea Partiers do that taxation and government is bad is too black and white a view.
  • John Medina
    Thu 2nd Aug 2012
    at 7:44am
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  • I find it humorous that anyone would have the audacity to name Germany and the EU as an example of how socialism works. Germany is the only country doing well here. We'll see how strong Germany is as their wealth is redistributed to Greece, Spain, and the rest of EU in much needed bailouts because of their unaffordable entitlements. The American dream is changing from "anyone with a dream and works hard can be successful" to "sit there and do nothing and we will give you everything you need while we tax you to death".
  • thomas hauenstein
    Mon 30th Jul 2012
    at 9:55am
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  • Reading the first eight comments made me realize that they and like minded people are not acquainted with History. True enough, they may be quite acquainted with American History, but not with World History. Wake up! Read!

    It is not coincidence that Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás [born in Madrid, December 16, 1863; died September 26, 1952, in Rome] better known as George Santayana a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. [A lifelong Spanish citizen, Santayana was raised and educated in the United States and identified himself as an American, although he always kept a validated Spanish passport] famously said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it".
  • Milton L Pozo, MD
    Mon 30th Jul 2012
    at 8:35am
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  • Why did you ignore my comment yesterday? Because it didn't agree with your editorial bias? Your publication is the essence of elitism.
  • Gary Singer
    Tue 24th Jul 2012
    at 6:29pm
  • 5.
  • I'd be far less gentle, but as my grandmother would say, " wash Billy
    Watters mouth out with soap." Calling this or any president a "thing" speaks little of the president, but volumes about Mr. Watters."
  • Gary Singer
    Mon 23rd Jul 2012
    at 8:50pm
  • 6.
  • Clearly the staff at the Observer in addition to having no journalistic ethics along the lines of anything resembling the truth also have no respect for the office of the President of the United States by engaging in such a blatant homiletic diatribe that can have no truth to it whatsoever. As an American expat who is a progressive blogger I live in Germany which is the richest country in the European Union. A European Union which has a population that is greater than that of the United States, whose currency the Euro rivals the US dollar's power. In a posture wherein there is a far more democratic indeed egalitarian distribution of wealth, wherein as a human right everyone has cradle to grave medical access. Everyone to include low wage workers have 4 weeks paid annual leave, paid sick leave and paid maternity leave by right of law, whereas the US does not. So instead we in America have 59 million Americans who do not have medical insurance; 132 million Americans who do not have dental insurance; and 45 million on food stamps.

    Somehow all of this is reminiscent of the line from Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol, when Ebeneezer Scrooge asked have we no prisons, have we no work houses? Indeed we in America while we have 4% of the world's population we have 25% of the world's inmates, and thanks to prison labor practices they receive on an average in the federal system of about 45 cents an hour. Clearly this has become the mark of a right wing pariah ideology fueled by unbridled avarice spawning a mentality that has made tax avoidance a GOP religion. This at least flies in the face of what I was taught in the B school from which I earned my MBA degree, wherein we learned that if you want good roads, good infrastructure, good schools for our kids then you have to be prepared to pay for them, because there is no such thing as a free lunch anywhere on earth except in the illusory vision of the GOP, wherein these posturing, pontificating little people are quite happy to bankrupt the nation if only it means enriching themselves and their friends in support of what they call the American dream, which in the words of the late George Carlin tell us you have to be asleep to believe it. To which I would ask how long can you tread water? Because thanks to the GOP mentality America stands alone in the civilized nations of the world in drowning its youth in student loan debt while they are living in the basement of their parents' underwater mortgages.

    Clearly the Observer's staff in publishing this homiletic diatribe that passes for journalism in their low bar, no bars hold mud wrestling match ought to be commended for they have proven that yet once again that pigs have no shame! In keeping with the aphorism as the good book states we ought best not to cast our pearls before swines, as these people are clearly divorced from reality itself. A reality wherein the United States finds itself alone in the nations of the world as the only major industrialized country in the world that doesn't provide job protected paid maternity leave by right of law. Yes the only major industrialized country in the world that doesn't offer universal medical coverage and dental access as a human right. But clearly none of this matters, because to the editorial writers of the Observer truth doesn't matter, nor does reality itself matter. The only thing that seems to matter to them is the full throated support of nothing less than the wholesale de-industrialization of America, wherein America is hemorrhaging 200,000 high wage manufacturing jobs abroad annually. Whereas in Germany where I'm resident, high wage manufacturing jobs are not exported they are grown, therein proving the obvious lie that the world economy will no longer support high wage unionized manufacturing jobs. The German model proves this to be an outright prevarication with no truth to it whatsoever, because that's exactly how Germany got to be the world's second leading export nation ranked only behind China, which has a vastly greater population. The simple fact is that GOP dogma is anti-American family and their ideology ought to be held up as nothing short of an international badge of shame in a clear posture wherein pigs have no shame! Clearly we can expect no quarter in the GOP led class warfare against the American union movement and against American working class families.
  • Democrats Ramshield
    Mon 23rd Jul 2012
    at 7:12pm
  • 7.
  • The Observer is delivered to my home every week, despite the fact that I have never subscribed to it or requested it. After reading the editorial criticizing our President as being "anti-American," which I found to be totally disgusting, I will from now on, pick up the Observer from my driveway & take it directly to the trash!
  • Elaine Zwelling
    Mon 23rd Jul 2012
    at 7:00pm
  • 8.
  • Congratulations Observer!!!!!!! Your message was "RIGHT ON" The "thing" that has been put in the White House is a Disgrace to the American people, especially our forefathers. I am sure we will be having more earthquakes with honest hardworking AMERICANS turning over in their graves. If something is not done about the totally disgusting "body" responsible for leading this country - we TRUE AMERICANS have lost all that our forefathers fought and lost their lives for. Please get your heads out of the Sand - This country is in a terrible situation and gets worse by each of BOs speeches.
  • Billie watters
    Mon 23rd Jul 2012
    at 2:38pm
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  • This is the most vile, disrespectful trash I have ever read about the President. Not one shred of decency or truth included. And your quote "Believers in Free Enterprise and the American Dream, this is a call to Arms" sounds like a veiled request for assassination. Shame on you. I'm embarrassed for Sarasota.
  • sandy caplan
    Sun 22nd Jul 2012
    at 1:00pm
  • 10.
  • Your editorial left me more than breathless, dumb founded and enraged! It left me absolutely disgusted with your publication. I have never read such hateful and untrue remarks about a sitting president. You took his comments out of context and manipulated them to fit your own odious mindset. Obama was totally correct in saying we built this country together. Proper infra-structure, education and a well functioning society as a whole are ALL prerequisites for the success of ANY business, large or small. Any sensible person would agree to this. To say his statement was "call to arms alarming" and "anti-American" is outrageous and anti-American in itself. It is slander. Shame on the Observer staff and for sinking to a new low!
  • Baerbel Kavanaugh
    Fri 20th Jul 2012
    at 5:14pm
  • 11.
  • I expect to read strong, right wing opinions in The Observer, but today’s column, “The Anti-American president” was over the top. To characterize Barack Obama as anti-American, anti-individualism – even Marxist, is just plain crazy, not to mention completely hateful, disrespectful, and uncivil.
    I just don’t get how you can argue with Mr. Obama’s premise that “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own….If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.”
    Yes, it is this American system of government with roads and bridges built with taxpayer money by a government, schools built and run by the government with the taxpayer money and public libraries (to name a few) that allows all of the successful entrepreneurs you mentioned to make their businesses “happen”. You could not have built the interstate highway system by yourself no matter how much money you had. You would have had some difficulty becoming educated by paying for your teacher individually without a government system in place. No matter how “hard” you worked if you didn’t live in a country with the rule of law and a court system and criminal justice system paid for with taxpayer money but run by the government, your business could be closed down and your assets taken away at the whim of the people in power.
    Successful American entrepreneurs have used their wealth to do many good things in this community, country, and around the world, but they would not be able on their own to provide the infrastructure I described above. I don’t know the individual stories of the local entrepreneurs you mentioned, but I have patronized many of their businesses, and I know that they do work hard, but there might be one or two, at least, who would be grateful for the help that someone else “gave” them along the way whether it be money, encouragement, or other support. There might even be one or two of those people who know someone who worked just as hard as they did, but their business failed.
    I hope that you will consider a more respectful and civil tone in your future columns. As a retired Sarasota County teacher, I would not have wanted my students to read this column and conclude that your extreme language was an appropriate way to communicate. I might tell them how lucky we are to have the Bill of Rights with freedom of the press, and use this column in a lesson to illustrate the abuse of that right.
    Candace Fisher
  • candace fisher
    Thu 19th Jul 2012
    at 2:39pm
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