Letter - Peterson should find new labelOur president believed in health care reform even at the potential expense of losing his job in a couple of years and perhaps at that cost for some colleagues even sooner.
To the editor:
Our president believed in health care reform even at the potential expense of losing his job in a couple of years and perhaps at that cost for some colleagues even sooner. Time will tell if the merits of this legislation will be as promised and, even then, if they will be understood and appreciated by the public. The “Party of No” will certainly eviscerate whatever facts necessary to preserve voter anger and misinformation.
One fellow who needn’t concern himself with this issue is our esteemed Congressman from the 7th District, Collin Peterson. Like his courageous counterparts across the country, he stood by his conviction. I use the singular here because, unlike his counterparts, the only apparent conviction the good representative seems to have is self-preservation. When it’s crunch time, he sees it as hunch time – hunch beneath your desk and avoid being counted.
Perhaps now I assail Representative Peterson unfairly. Perhaps again he simply doesn’t see things through the lens of his party and its leaders. I don’t disrespect that on occasion. One must stand up for what you believe. What I do disdain however is that his desertion is more an expectation than an exception. If he truly believes as his voting record suggests, then isn’t it time for him to find a new label? Would GOP work?
Dennis Q. Murphy