Ken Jones, West Fargo, Published October 13 2012
Letter: This election is about big issues, big lies and definition of successPresident Barack Obama said it best in his acceptance speech: “If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.”
He has been doing this, but the first presidential debate showed us what the media has not let us see: Mitt Romney is a man of conviction with a plan. In order to get America working again, he needs the support of individuals who know how to run and function in successful businesses and make tough decisions, like Rick Berg.
Heidi Heitkamp seems to be taking Obama’s election advice. She keeps trying to paint Berg as a bad person by picking on his success and making this election about small things. In North Dakota, we’re fiercely independent and create our own destiny. We don’t believe that “Americans who have achieved financial success did so due to blind luck.” Nor do we believe that an individual’s success was on the backs of a “generation of women doing someone else’s laundry and looking after someone else’s children to get you there” as stated by Obama in 2005. His philosophy has always been that success is wrong – unless you contribute to his campaign.
Heitkamp keeps telling us that she will be “an independent voice” in the Senate, yet she’s not running as an independent. Heitkamp admires Obama, and she has publicly called him amazing. She was North Dakota’s chief spokesperson for Obamacare, holding rallies and “Thank you, Obama” forums around the state. She even has a 20-minute “thank you” address on YouTube for the bill. She would vote in the U.S. Senate for whatever he wants, despite what she is telling North Dakota voters. Her promise to support his chosen Democrat leader, Harry Reid, in the Senate is proof.
There are lies, bigger lies and then Heitkamp’s political ads. North Dakotans are wise, and we can see through her strategy. This is a big election about big things. I admire Berg for his hard work and success, so I’m voting for him.