‘Independent’ doesn’t mean having no opinion

“If you are an Independent, then I am the Angel Gabriel,” writes Earl P. Otto of Bremerton.

“If you are an Independent, then I am the Angel Gabriel,” writes Earl P. Otto of Bremerton.

“I doubt that you have ever voted for a Democrat in a presidential election, and If I were a betting man, I would bet the farm that you voted for ‘W’ in the last two presidential elections. This is the man who led us into an unprovoked war costing us nearly 4,000 dead, 20,000 wounded and $500 billion in cost.

“This is the man who borrowed money to fight the war, leaving the debt for our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, ad nauseam. How different this is from World War II when the entire country went to war. In the Iraq war, only the military and their families bear the burden. I gave three years of my life to the Navy in World War II, which I don’t regret for a minute.

“This is the man who inherited a budget surplus and will leave us with the greatest deficit in our history. My prediction is that W will be judged by historians as one of the worst if not the worst president in our history. But what else should we have expected from a cheerleading, drinking, C-minus student? And your diatribe regarding the Clintons further showed your true colors, as did your admiration for Thomas Sowell who is about as right-wing as you can get.

“Now I must touch on illegal immigration, which you wrote on recently although you, in your infinite wisdom, did not suggest a solution. “Consensus has us with 12 million illegals in this country, so all we have to do is round them up. How?

“And if we did how do we get them back to their country of orgin? Bus? Plane? What will it cost? And when they’re gone, who’s going to perform the menial labor these people are doing now?

“What about their children born here and therefore are American citizens?

“So McCain gets your vote. What a big surprise. But everyone is entitled to belong to a political party, or even to be independent.

“So ’fess up, say you are a Republican, which obviously you are, and don’t try to fly under false colors. There’s not too much wrong with being a Republican.”

There, there, Mr. Otto. Stop flapping your wings. I have stated many times that I believe in the Republican philosophy of government only doing for people what they can’t do for themselves or it can do better, rather than the Democrats’ wanting to be all things to all people, but I have never joined a political party.

No, I have never voted for a Democrat for president. I have voted for many Democrats for congressional, state, legislative and local government offices. I would have preferred Jeb Bush over George W. Bush for president but you make do with what’s before you.

Bush has disappointed me, but I’ll take a cheerleading, drinking, C-minus student any day over a charismatic rapist and disbarred liar.

If respected Professor Thomas Sowell isn’t acceptable as a judge of character, how about Ray Taliaferro, the longtime left-wing radio talk show host in San Francisco who prior to Hillary never saw a Democrat he didn’t like but now refers to her as a liar and urges her defeat.

As for the illegal immigrants, I have no solution other than to put those in our prisons out to sea the way Fidel did when the nation’s worst-ever president, a Democrat named Jimmy Carter, invited Cubans one and all to make the U.S. their home and Castro emptied all his cells.

I still say instant citizenship should be denied alien children born here, but that will never happen while Republicans want them for their sweat and Democrats for their votes.

Adele Ferguson can be reached at

PO Box 69, Hansville, WA 98340.