Concerning Staff Writer Paul Adkins’ article of May 10, 2012, “Conservatives have field day with inmate’s success,” comprised many comments from national political and supposedly journalist voices, about the alternative choice of a Democrat Candidate for the office of President of the United States.
One quote in particular by outgoing West Virginia GOP Chairman Mike Stuart, “Keith Judd’s performance is embarrassing for Obama and our great state,” brought up resentment in me. The specific words used in that context “embarrassing our great state” just does not sit right with me. Why embarrassing? The people of West Virginia are Americans also; they realize tough economic times are not just a local or state issue.
The Americans of West Virginia feel the pinch in the same way any other citizen of this country does. West Virginians live in a region of coal, depend on the jobs it creates, have embraced it and proudly try to preserve it while living from, and, for that effort.
Was it an embarrassment to the people of Michigan’s auto industry when the Federal Government became involved in preserving that citizenries industry of existence? Who can say to what extent is acceptable for American’s voicing their choice, or, show their indignation of offered choices?
I say that free speech is that extent; I am not embarrassed that my neighboring state made their statement! Voting for the inmate Keith Judd was not an obtuse act by West Virginians but an example of rejection for a candidate who does not represent their means to life for which they choose.
I do not hold anything against Chairman Mike Stuart, or his choice of words, but I do hold every American to their responsibility of preserving their interests under the law of our Constitution; vote as you feel without being tagged as an embarrassment.