Joseph Melillo, Naples
Through the years
Many people claim to be a Democrat. They state, "My father was a Democrat, all my ancestors were Democrats and I'm a Democrat."
When JFK gave his inauguration speech in 1961 he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
Today, in his re-election campaign President Barack Obama seems to ask, "What free stuff your country can give you in exchange for your vote. Do you want free health care, free welfare, free food stamps, free college education, a mortgage you don't have to pay off, and a job you don't have to qualify for?"
It is plainly clear the Democratic Party has left behind many of its old principles and ideals. It's in the process of losing its footings and leaving America entirely. But with it America gets to keep a dire mess of implications, such as annual budget deficits exceeding $1 trillion, and a national debt that will exceed $20 trillion in 2016.
Earlier this year, Obama was caught on an open mike, telling Russian President Medvedev he needs "space" on missile defense. He stated, "This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility." Here President Obama indicates he's going to give in to the Russians on missile defense, but the American people have a right to know where else he plans to be flexible in his second term. Is it what we have seen so far, just the tip of the iceberg?
To a few self-centered social Democrats, Obama's platform sounds great, but it's not so great to a large percentage of open-minded Democrats who are fiscal conservatives. Those of us with a conscience think about the burden we are passing on to our children and grandchildren.
What we have today isn't your JFK Democratic party.