Critical thinking skills would serve GOP well

After reading a Dec. 21, 2016 letter titled "The Hope & Change mantra of Obama," I realized what a burden it is to have been born with the "iconoclast gene" also known as the ICC gene.

This gene often causes one to be skeptical. In addition to that, I contracted "critical thinking skills disease" as a result of a public school education. How much easier life would be if I could engage in magical thinking whereby everything is either black or white, right or wrong, or, better yet, somebody else’s fault. Then I wouldn’t need to struggle with the hypocrisy of the conservative right which, for eight years, has ridiculed and diminished the accomplishments of the Obama administration.

There are many examples, but here are just two. In 2013, the Obama administration was responsible for negotiating the safe disposal of over 1,300 tons of chemical weapons in Syria without firing a shot. In 2003, the administration of George W. Bush began a war under the guise of ridding Iraq of weapons of mass destruction that never existed and, as a result, hundreds of thousands of people were killed, maimed and displaced while trillions of dollars were wasted. The silence from the right-wing conservative base on the Iraq war was deafening while they continued to criticize and defame Obama.

When Obama was handed an economy in tatters in 2009 and created a stimulus package, the conservative right screamed about it being a welfare program. Now that Trump is suggesting the same program their silence is again deafening.

Having the ICC gene and critical thinking skills disease is indeed a burden. It would be so much easier to be a right-wing conservative and be able to blame Hillary and Obama for all the ills in the world going back to the bubonic plague.

Sherry Dutzy