June Letter To The Editor

Senate Republicans have just blocked legislation that would help keep weapons out of the hands of those on the no-fly list.  People on that list are deemed to be threats to national security.  Evidently it keeps us safe to prevent them from flying, but not from having guns??  This legislation has the overwhelming support of Americans.  It is supported by a large majority of Republicans, of gun owners, and even a majority of NRA members.  Call me crazy, but shouldn’t Republican voters be asking themselves exactly who the politicians they support are really working for?

When it comes to defending the lies, scandals and crimes of Republican legislators, I always hear the same tired arguments like “all politicians lie,” “the Democrats have scandals too,” and “they all take money from wealthy donors.”  So the two political parties are just about the same, right?  Then why not give the Democrats a try?  When it comes to Republicans voting, evidently the worst Republican is still far better than the best Democrat.  Just what is it that is so horrible and devastating about electing Democrats that would make you support someone like Donald Trump?  The economy?  History shows much better economic times under Democrats than Republicans.  National security?  Really?

Perhaps you were raised Republican and have always voted Republican, but today’s Republican Party has devolved into something that should make even the most loyal Republican take a new look at the Democrats.  The lessor of two evils?  Maybe, but the difference is huge.

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March Letter To The Editor

Donald Trump??  Really?  That’s who the Republican’s think should be President of the United States?  A modern-day snake-oil salesman, a flimflam man??  Mr. Trump is a master manipulator, and he’s trying to manipulate himself right into the White House.  I’ve heard poor misguided supporters say that “he speaks his mind,” or “he tells it like it is.”  Again, really??  Donald Trump speaks for effect, and what he says has nothing to do with what he really thinks.  His speeches are about as genuine as his hair line.

Mr. Trump speaks with little regard for the truth, makes promises with little regard for the impossibility of keeping them, and attacks others on a personal level with little regard for decorum or integrity.  I’ve heard Republicans and Conservatives lament about the “integrity of the office,” but they still support Trump?

Trump supporters, like Tea Party Activists, are comprised primarily of “the angry white man” and those who make a profit from manipulating them.  The anger comes from the pain of hard times, a longing for “the good old days,” and an inability to accept inevitable change.  Where that anger is directed comes from racism, bigotry, and a lifetime of brainwashing by those who tell them that the immigrants, the minorities, the liberals, the gays, and the Muslims are the real cause of all their problems.

But who knew that there was enough of this anger and these misguided folks to get someone like Trump so far along the path to the GOP nomination?

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February Letter To The Editor

Capitalism is good and socialism is bad, right?  Not so fast.  Whether you think of these terms as philosophies or economic policies, they do not operate like the traditional light switch – on or off – all or nothing.  They are more like dimmer switches with an infinite number of levels, and yes, they can even coexist.  In fact, extreme capitalism, especially unregulated capitalism, is at least as bad as extreme socialism.  Unregulated capitalism would be like a large brawl, where a very few, come out ahead, and everyone else is dead in the water.

Money is power, and as we can see from today’s inequality gap, that power can be, and is, used to “game the system” and make it impossible for anyone else to climb out of their economic situation.  For a strong, affluent society, human accomplishment must be maximized, and the potential for accomplishment is not limited to any demographic, not even affluence.  And yes, the motivation provided by some level of capitalism is important, but so is the opportunity and lack of hardship provided by some level of socialism.

But years of propaganda and indoctrination, orchestrated by the 1%, has stigmatized the term “socialism,” and turned “capitalism” into some sort of God to be worshiped.  The question is, can you readers and the rest of the voters in this country, set aside your hate, fear, and anger long enough to actually use your brain and not cower in abject fear when you hear the term “socialism?”

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December Letter To The Editor

Here is my most recent letter to the editor:

It seems that the latest snipe hunt the Republicans want to take us all on is to scapegoat the Syrian refugees.  They would have us turn away an entire population of victims because there MAY be SOME evidence that ONE of the Paris terrorists entered France disguised as a Syrian refugee.  But wait!  Weren’t most of those terrorists French and Belgium nationals?  Should we close our borders to all citizens of those two countries? And what about domestic terrorism?  Mass shootings are committed by people who own guns, should we intern all US gun owners to keep safe?

Just when did America become a nation of over-reacting cowards?  When did keeping Americans safe become more important than keeping Americans free?  In the name of “keeping America safe” we have spied on American citizens with domestic surveillance, redefined torture as an “interrogation technique,” thrown out due process and jailed suspects indefinitely, falsified intelligence to excuse invading other sovereign nations, condemned and persecuted an entire religion, and otherwise gutted and turned aside much of what Americans believed in and what America stood for.  You simply cannot protect your ideals and way of life by compromising them.

But the fact of the matter is that the GOP does not really care about protecting Americans.  The GOP does care about keeping Americans angry, afraid, and behaving irrationally – like voting for even more Republicans. Without fear-mongering, scapegoating, and stoking up the fires of anger and hatred, the GOP would not win many elections.

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October Letter To The Editor

So, just how many hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent this election cycle? Where is all this money coming from?  If you were watching MSNBC last week, you learned that half of the money being spent is coming from just 158 families, and the individuals are overwhelmingly older, wealthy, white men.

According to the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision, this is nothing more than the exercise of free speech.  But free speech was never intended to be pro-rated by the size of your bank account.  Freedom of speech, or any other right for that matter, does not extend to the point of harming others, or suppressing the rights of others.

And that is not the worst of it.  When it comes to politics, there is no such thing as truth in advertising, libel, slander, or defamation of character.  For some reason, political advertisements and speeches are exempt from all of that.  So, not only can these 158 families control half of the information disseminated during the election, but there is no requirement for truth or facts in that information.

It would be extremely naive to think that the outcome of elections are not strongly impacted by political ads and speeches.  So this political “free speech” is really “freedom of deception,” half of which is exercised by just 158 wealthy families, and which harms and suppresses the rights of every voter.  How so?  Is not a voter deceived the same thing as a right to vote denied?

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September Letter To The Editor

One of the more disgusting and self-serving Right-Wing lies propagated by the GOP and Conservative pundits is that the wealthy have “earned it” and somehow the less affluent just haven’t tried hard enough, or worse yet, are too lazy or not motivated enough to make it big in this country.

Why non-wealthy Conservatives believe this load of horse dung is hard to understand.  Maybe they are just hard-wired to always react to fear and anger instead of logic and reason.

For this obscene idea to have any merit whatsoever, one would have to believe that the “playing field” we are all born onto is even.  In fact, the ONLY way we “are all created equal” is the fact that every human being is born with some level of potential for some manner of accomplishment.  Beyond that, nothing is even close to equal.

How many of today’s wealthy were simply born into wealth and never had to earn anything?  To use a football “playing field” analogy, those born into wealth are born already in the end zone doing their touchdown dance.  Most of those born into the middle class are born on a decent field, but at their own 20 yard line with 80 yards to go.  Those born into poverty?  They also have 80 yards to go, but the football field they are born onto is made of quicksand!  And sadly it is almost impossible for the poor to fulfill their potential, and that is bad for ALL of us!

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Letter To The Editor, August 2015

Here is my latest letter to the editor:

An indication of the depth of the disarray the Republican Party is in can be seen in the fact that Donald Trump, of all people, is leading in the polls in the GOP Primary.  Donald Trump, who supposedly speaks his mind and says what he thinks.  Trump is a showman and is more likely orchestrating what he says to fit his current audience, and it has nothing to do with what he actually thinks.  In fact, he has raised flip-flopping to an art form, and has seriously shortened the time between flip and flop.

The more serious problem is what Trump is actually saying, and claiming to believe.  It is not only just plain wrong, but extreme, dangerous, and hurtful.  Forget about being politically correct, how about simply being correct for a change Donald?  If Trump really believes what he is saying, he is seriously delusional, but then so is most of the core of the Conservative base.

Conservatives will vote Republican by rote and without question, and that’s the problem.  Even a clown like Trump could indeed win the GOP nomination.  Conservatives should question their life-long beliefs, even if that sounds like a Liberal thing to do.  More importantly, question your faith in the GOP, which today has but a single agenda – taking as much money as possible out of your  pockets and mine, and then giving it to the already extremely wealthy top 1%.  And NO, that does NOTHING good for jobs or the economy.

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May Letter To The Editor

The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution ends “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”  Had the intention been for this to be an absolute, unalienable right, like Life and Liberty, then this would be the complete Amendment.  But there is more.  It begins with “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…”  This statement of fact was true at the time.

So, why is this first part included?  Certainly, the Framers were not in the habit of throwing in completely unrelated facts.  It’s obvious that the need for a militia, which at the time would require members to bring their own weapons, necessitated the right to bear arms.  This begs the question “What happens if a militia is no longer necessary to the security of a free state?”

Now, before all you gun owners get “up in arms,” I am not necessarily against private ownership of weapons.  I am against the wide-spread abuse of the 2nd Amendment perpetrated by those who take the last part out of context and use it to prevent ANY kind of regulations or limitations, no matter how reasonable.  Disagree?  Ask yourself it it would make you nervous to learn that your neighbor was building an arsenal of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons in his basement.  If the answer is ‘yes’, then you agree that society has the right and obligation to impose at least some level of limitation on private ownership of weapons.

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March Letter To The Editor

My latest…

I have to shudder whenever I hear someone use the tired, worn-out, and deceptive cliché “all politicians lie.”  That’s a classic example of lying with the truth.  Saying that all politicians lie is like saying that all NBA players are tall.  But if height were lies, the GOP would be the Manute Bol’s and Yao Ming’s of Congress while the Democrats would be the Muggsy Bouges’s and Spud Webb’s!

Sure, politicians on both sides of the isle lie as individuals about some scandal or fraud, but the GOP lies in unity as a PARTY.  Their entire existence depends on weaving a web of lies to keep the Conservative Nation living in a false reality, and thus continue their voting for Republicans.  There are only two kinds of Republican voters in America, the very few wealthy and powerful deceivers, and the very many well-meaning, but deceived voters.

It would not surprise me to learn that the secret motto of the GOP was “If at first you don’t deceive, lie, lie again!”  I know there are a lot of government haters out there, but the only thing wrong with the government is that those who hate the government keep electing Republicans who screw up the government!  It’s all controlled by the wealthy and powerful,  This is not jealousy talking.  Don’t hate the wealthy for having made it up the ladder of success, hate them for doing everything they can to pull that ladder up behind them so no one else can follow.

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January Letter To The Editor

My latest letter to the editor:

It ain’t rocket science.  It’s the economy, and it’s not that difficult to understand.  Whether you call it “Trickle-Down” vs. “Bubble-Up” economics or “Supply-Side” vs. “Demand-Side” economics, it boils down to one simple question.  In a recession, do you get more money into the hands of consumers, or do you try to get more money into the hands of the wealthy?

When consumers are suffering and have no money to spend beyond the necessities of life, there is NO discretionary spending, and thus NO demand for products and services.  Proponents of Trickle-Down argue that getting more money to “Job Makers” creates jobs that will put money into the hands of consumers.  The fatal flaw in that argument is that it’s putting the cart before the horse.  No matter how much cash they have on hand, business decision-makers in their right minds will NEVER add jobs and increase production if there is no demand for their products – period!

The purpose of any business is to make a profit by satisfying consumer demand.  No demand, no profits, no new jobs.  However, if consumer demand is high and businesses have no on-hand cash, banks love it because that’s when giving business loans is low-risk because of the potential profits.  No bank ever loaned dirt-poor consumers money to increase their spending power.

Sorry Conservatives, but your stoic belief in Trickle-Down is misguided, and the GOP’s constant mantra about “Job-Makers” is a deception, especially in a recession – an intentional deception.

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