A safe bet Obama won't stay beyond his term

March 24, 2014 

Hardly a day goes by that there is not a letter that completely astounds me as to its total foolishness and absurd claims. The latest in this continuing litany was by Mike Kamp on March 13 when he stated, emphatically, that President Obama wants a "socialist dictatorship" and he "has no intention of leaving office." What complete and utter nonsense.

Kamp should check on the definition of socialism before he makes such a wild charge. For his needed enlightenment, the accepted definition of socialism is when the government owns and operates the means of production and all the utilities, communications and transportation systems in the country. I do not know of any proposal by this president to have the government own and operate those vital activities.

Kamp's assertion that the president "will not leave office" is ludicrous in the extreme. I ask, who would support such an outlandish violation of the Constitution? Would Democrats, Republicans, the military or the newly elected president support such a radical suborning of our basic law?

Being a betting man, I am more than willing to wager Kamp any amount that his assertion will prove false on Jan. 20, 2017, and I will automatically collect the wager.

Lee R. Pitzer

O'Fallon

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