Letter: GOP takes credit for good things, no blame for the bad
The reactions of the Republican Party since the election have been interesting.
It appears that some but not all conservatives believe that they are members of a ruling class who are convinced the election was won by fraudulent means. They have committed the fundamental attribution error of taking credit for good things and blaming everything bad on others. They attack the president for lying about the Benghazi attack that led to the tragic death of four Americans but seem not at all concerned that poor intelligence permitted the 9/11 attacks and the invasion of Iraq to occur.
There is an old, not so funny joke. How can you tell that a politician is lying? Answer: His mouth is moving.
I am not so naive to believe that Democrats always tell the truth, but the right wing of the Republican Party has raised disinformation and distortion to a whole new level. This was particularly evident in the 2012 election. The people knew it and voted accordingly. As the former first lady, Barbara Bush, has said, it is time for Republican congressional leaders to accept their loss and get over it.
We are living in a new country with a vastly different population. It is time for all public servants to follow their oath, not some outdated pledge, and serve the public. Both sides must compromise.
Each party will have to make painful sacrifices. We must move forward and embrace this more diverse and tolerant country we have become.