Hopefully, there are many of us in the Payson area who are declining Jerry and Pat Parker's invitation to stop by their house to sign a petition recalling Senator John McCain from office. Did the Parkers call or write Senator McCain to express their concerns before undertaking this harsh action?
In their recent letter to the Editor, the Parkers state they are disappointed with Senator McCain because "he has abandoned not only Arizona but our country ... as evidenced by the recent bills he has written or co-sponsored" and that "he has failed to honor the oath of office to protect and defend the people and to support and uphold the Constitution."
Respectfully, I disagree with the Parkers' allegations. Senator McCain is upholding the Constitution and looking after the national interests of "We the people," the first line in the preamble to the Constitution.
Have the Parkers forgotten that Senator McCain served for more than five years as a prisoner of war in a hell hole prison in Vietnam. By setting aside partisan interests when he weighs the pros and cons of a national issue, he is governing in a truly democratic manner. I commend and support him for his strength of character.
During the 2000 presidential campaign, Senator McCain was portrayed by his detractors as difficult to get along with, stubborn, arrogant, etc. However, by working in a bi-partisan and cooperative manner with the other side of the congressional aisle, the Democrats, he has dispelled this criticism.
If I were to follow the rationale of the Parkers for recalling Senator McCain, today I'd set a card table in my back yard and solicit petition signatures for the recall of George W. Bush. His presidential mantra, "I'm a uniter, not a divider," has proven to be false at the national and international level. Moreover, he has broken several of his campaign promises within the first six months in office. More importantly, he is perceived worldwide as a world leader with myopic vision; one who excludes from his inner circle those who do not rubber stamp his political philosophy.
Are these strong enough reasons to recall Senator John McCain and President George W. Bush? I don't think so and most fair-minded voters would agree.
Let's wait for the 2004 national elections and allow the ballot box to determine the political fate of these two Republican adversaries.
Mary Lou Lopez-Miller