In search of credible leader

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Wow — we all dodged a bullet when Congress finally started working together and resolved this debt limit crisis that was created by House Republicans. However, when push came to shove, Congressman (Tom) McClintock couldn’t even compromise with the leaders of his own party and voted “no.” Let’s forget for a moment the financial calamity that would have resulted from the U.S. defaulting on its debt had this issue not been resolved. I find a lot of irony in how this debate played out. That’s because on the face of every U.S. debt instrument are the words “backed by the full faith and credit of the United States.” I don’t know about you, but that phrase invokes a sense of pride for me — almost as precious as the words to the National Anthem or the “Star Spangled Banner.” These words let the world know that, as a country, our word means something and we can be counted on to do things right. Now, Mr. McClintock and his tea party friends choose to describe themselves as “Patriots.” However, they were all too willing to take the words “full faith and credit of the United States,” throw them to the ground and then stomp them into the dirt — essentially sacrificing America’s worldwide reputation and credibility all for the sake of short-term political gain. Folks, that’s the kind of stuff that extremists do. I submit that Mr. McClintock is much too extreme for this district. He’s not even from here nor has any roots here. Isn’t there a conservative man or woman available in our district with principles that can represent us while still upholding American values? If you’re out there, please raise your hand — we need you. Jim Venneman, Auburn