yes yes yes yes.Source: fat-birds
This is from a real article published by AP:
“Dear Mr. President,
There is a man in Jacksonville, Fla., named Bryan Stone. He is 60 years old and works at a company that helps people find better jobs. He describes himself as “more to the right than the left,” though not all that far out from the middle. And he has something to say about the way America used to be that he wouldn’t mind you hearing.
“Everybody knew what the rules were,” he says. “That’s not true anymore.”
…. Here, then, is one snapshot — an interpretation of how it feels in America right now. It’s broad-brush and subjective, as any snapshot of a nation so big and diverse must be. And how America feels is different, of course, from how America IS. But perceptions, as the bumps and bruises of your first term have shown, can become reality.
Somewhere else along an American highway, a young mother holds a baby and thinks about a President. Who is the President? She wonders.
Years ago, people knew who the President was. Now, the rules have changed. Who is the President? Is it whoever we want it to be? Is it still that George Bush fella? I don’t know.
You are the President, the President of a country divided. Why is the country such a mess? You say you inherited a crisis and that you’re trying to bring things back together, but your enemies say that you’re a terrible person who hates pens, bread, and freedom, and that you’re dividing the nation. How can you claim to unite the nation when your enemies still hate you?
What about guns? Guns that literally built this nation. Young guns, old guns, literal and figurative guns. Now those same guns that once united this nation are dividing us. Some people might say that guns kill people, other people say that’s a good thing. But I learned, as you have learned, that we cannot learn anything from extremes.
After the tragedy at Newtown, why did we suddenly start arguing? And people were arguing two equally important points. Regulate guns, insisted one side, and you’ll stop children from dying. Take law-abiding citizens’ guns away, insisted the other, and you place us in greater danger and violate one of the nation’s most fundamental rights.*
Labels. Just labels. On one hand, some people don’t want children to die. On the other hand, some people are law-abiding citizens, and taking away their guns is a valid comparison to the massacre of a child.
Problems are legion in this America, Mr. President.
We hold this truth to be self evident, Mr. President, some people seem to be upset, for many different reasons, which has never, ever happened before.
People are shouting. Anyone can just go up on any old television screen and shout about stuff for as long as he or she wants. When did that become this America?