11/18/2013 11:56:00 AM Letter to the Editor: Affordable Healthcare Act
After listening to the criticism of the rollout of the Affordable Care Act these past few weeks, maybe it is time to recall the wise words of President Theodore Roosevelt in a speech given at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1910, entitled Citizenship in a Republic-The Man in the Arena.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worse, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
President Obama is the marred man in the arena striving to give this country a better health care delivery system. The Republican Congress is not the doer but the sneering critic for whom T.R. (a Republican whose type is apparently now extinct) had such disdain.
The Republicans offer no healthcare solution, only pointing out where President Obama stumbles or where he could have done better. So let's take a breath, have some patience and listen to the person who is actually taking action, not the naysayers.