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People over politics

November 14, 2012
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

It was with a heavy heart that I read through the long list of failures, mistakes, unfulfilled promises, etc. of President Barack Obama, all the while realizing that most of what was made to look like his failure to do his job was due, in fact, to the failure of those who should be helping to make them happen were instead being critics rejoicing and pointing fingers.

God is not mocked. He knows all about this and all other efforts made throughout the last four years to keep him from success.

Then, as I raised my eyes to the TV, here were two men, President Obama and Gov. Chris Christie, formerly at odds, now drawn together by a great tragedy, who when tempted to make this political, Gov. Christie said, "Damn the politics, I have more important things to do now - people are in distress, crying for help," and President Obama saying, "Politics will take care of themselves, we have a job to do," emphasizing to the people, "We are here for you and we will stand with you until you can rebuild."

These two men realized how much they needed each other and could not outdo praising and thanking each other, recognizing that between them they each have the talents and tools need to help, if they work together.

What a contrast.

Seeing this happen brought my mind back to the first letter I wrote. "How I see Barack Obama," in which I expressed my feeling that perhaps God sent him to us for such a "time as these." Could this be these "times?" Only God knows. Here we see these two men working together and tows of National Guard trucks rescuing hundreds of people - mothers and fathers with babes in arms and children left with nothing, but just thankful to be together safely, and these two men quelling fears and keeping alive a ray of hope for better days to come, and thousands of helpers all working together. Need more be said, except this" I feel so privileged to be able to cast my ballot, not only once, but two times for the first black man to serve as our president, and also for one who I believe will go down in history as one of the greatest. He has God-given talents for dealing with whatever circumstances he finds himself in, with honesty, faith in God, sincerity, persistence and integrity, making him more than deserving of another term as our president. With my vote is a prayer for him and his family for God's blessing wherever God leads.

This letter did not reach the press in time for printing before the election. I would like to add just a thought. At 91, I am not sure I will make another election, but if I do, I hope and pray I won't have to see hundreds of people standing in line for hours to vote, with millions of dollars spent to repress and another million to release them. This should never be the America we proudly call "the land of the free." Just think of this, that these millions might have been rather used to help pay our debt or to help those in need.

Our president said in his acceptance speech that among other things, we needed "the grace of God" to help us in fulfilling our hopes and dreams for a new and better union. Let us work together to that end.

Lila Anderson




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