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Archive for March, 2022

Nothing But Censorship in Florida, With a One-party State of Republicans

Dear Spectrum News:

DeSatan of Florida signed into a law legislation about NOT teaching sexual identity in grades K-3. His accompanying comments were that we need to do more in teaching reading and writing. Also, that it is up to parents to teach kids that young about sexual identity. Wrong.

The Democrat stupidity which was announced with this news report was that, “there will be plenty of lawsuits.”  In other words, the only answer is to send in the clowns… I mean… send in the lawyers. The Democrats, with their tails between their legs, say nothing pertinent in response. No wonder that legislation got passed in Florida. 

Coexistence means we don’t pit one American against the others. So, thus, the Democrats did exactly what Joe Biden has been attempting to stop. Stop having one against the other and bring people together. There is a way to do this without merely “sending in the lawyers” and pitting one against another. 

I worked as a librarian, educator, musician, in Florida for almost 40 years. A librarian colleague, who was a director of a library in Florida, was once confronted by a local religious group and asked to censor all books about sex from the library by removing the books.  The librarian was sitting in her office where she had numerous Bibles on shelves. She went over to the shelves, picked up all the Bibles (Bible = library), and threw them all in a trash can. The group was appalled and asked her how she could do such a thing. The library director replied with, “you asked me to get rid of any books which contain sex, so I thought I would begin with the Bible, considering all the discussions of sex in their which we teach our young ones and have been doing so over many years. The stories of violence, too, which are in the Bible. King David was not only described as a violent person, but also as a many using violence to rid himself of a man with whom he had sex with the wife!  Therefore, I think the Bible is an appropriate place to begin.”  The group was appalled. Absolutely appalled. Had nothing more to say and simply departed.

Imagine a young Timothy McVeigh, in a third grade class with other white bullies and learning to dislike black folks and gay folks and so forth.  Perhaps the parents were teaching about these aspects, too, and there was no counter measures in education to provide a different side to it all? Now we begin to have that counter side to what parents teach with derogatory remarks about gay folks and a one-party state of Republicans decide to squash it. Don’t expose the kids to the fact that there is more than just bullying, conversion therapy, and so forth. Teaching love (agape word in the Greek language) will be curtailed. Democrats and the media should be pointing these aspects out to the people of Florida and to this nation, rather than pushing for a method which causes divisiveness by endorsing the lawsuits from lawyers. I don’t say there should be NO lawsuits. I am saying that what is needed here is to teach so people can learn rather than the only result being more polarization.  If people don’t want to learn and remain digging in their heels, advocating the traditionalist values and not listening and considering, then shame on them for they ruin this nation in their ignorance and stupidity, like a bunch of foolish dolts and idiots.

Professor Douglas Willet Cornwell (Retired)

Newark Valley, NY

———————————“Love your neighbor as yourself.” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “The problems of the world are not that some people love in a different way. The problems are that so many people don’t know how to love at all (CGA, 1970).” A Puritan is someone in fear that someone, somewhere, is having a good time. “Liberty and justice for all [not priorities on individual and selfish rights].” “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union [and overall wealth of American society]…” 
Benjamin Franklin: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are affected.” Stacey Abrams: “Compromise about actions, but not about values.”  Oscar Wilde: “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”  Oscar Wilde: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Benjamin Franklin: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”  Whoopi Goldberg: “To handle this COVID-19 pandemic effectively, we all need to get on the same page.”  Note: To be clear, I do not like being patronized. I do not express my disdain over what happens to my fellow humans just for my own sake and to pursue favors and handouts. I do it in order to gain R – E – S – P – E – C – T for me and for millions of other Americans of any race, ethnicity, religious belief, or sex and sexual identity who try to walk in integrity as they attempt to achieve, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  PERIOD.  One nation under God [our Creator] with liberty and justice for all.

Mobile Home Lot Rents in Florida

Dear New York Times Editors:

It’s clear that housing costs have gone up tremendously, especially in Florida. A recent Sixty Minutes report identified astronomical cost increases in Florida housing. A specific company was mentioned which sounds like the creation of Slum Lord USA, Inc. Based in Canada, one can understand why the company has such investors to come to the USA and buy up housing in Florida when the Canadians pay one-quarter the cost Americans pay for healthcare. We pay to stay alive and don’t have any money left over for LONG TERM mortgages for Americans to make money after 30 years of investment.  We pay for Medicare and health insurance here to such an astronomical cost that we cannot afford increases in housing values upwards of 50% to 1005 or more. Those in Florida pay astronomical increases for premiums in homeowners’ insurance, too.  No money left over to buy homes, so house flippers have a field day, including a company from Canada.

With this being said, what about mobile home lot rent values in Florida? We learned in your newspaper that new investors are buying mobile home parks, particularly in Florida, and increasing lot rents by some 50%. Gosh, we purchased a mobile home near Melbourne, FL, hoping to have a place to visit in Florida form time to time, and to rent it out. A new investor from Wisconsin came into Melbourne, purchased the park where my parents owned the mobile home since the early 1980s, eliminated the ability for the owners to rent out the homes, and increased the lot rent by an astounding amount. Too bad we did not have a 50% increase in our lot rent, compared to what my parents paid. It would have made all the difference!  No. The increase was close to a 350% increase. The cost to rent a home purchased in the park was far more than the total tax bill for a much larger home in upstate New York. And we were unable to rent the place out during months we would not be in Florida.

Readers need to learn more about this type of situation. I don’t believe they are being given that information.

Professor Douglas Willet Cornwell (Retired)

Newark Valley, NY

———————————“Love your neighbor as yourself.” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “The problems of the world are not that some people love in a different way. The problems are that so many people don’t know how to love at all (CGA, 1970).” A Puritan is someone in fear that someone, somewhere, is having a good time. “Liberty and justice for all [not priorities on individual and selfish rights].” “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union [and overall wealth of American society]…” 
Benjamin Franklin: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are affected.” Stacey Abrams: “Compromise about actions, but not about values.”  Oscar Wilde: “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”  Oscar Wilde: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Benjamin Franklin: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”  Whoopi Goldberg: “To handle this COVID-19 pandemic effectively, we all need to get on the same page.”  Note: To be clear, I do not like being patronized. I do not express my disdain over what happens to my fellow humans just for my own sake and to pursue favors and handouts. I do it in order to gain R – E – S – P – E – C – T for me and for millions of other Americans of any race, ethnicity, religious belief, or sex and sexual identity who try to walk in integrity as they attempt to achieve, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  PERIOD.  One nation under God [our Creator] with liberty and justice for all.

Sixty Minutes, 3.27.2022

Applying the Alexa “syndrome” of artificial intelligence to historical memories? What a wonderful application of Alexa-type applications to the remembrance of those who suffered in the Holocaust.  To view questions asked of people now deceased and having the video presentation of a person now deceased answering the question is really what makes technology a blessing, even if it is often a curse on us. 

Related to this was the story about a project to record story-telling of Americans. Mentioning the animation of stories makes me wonder whether these are the short snippets viewers of PBS programs view between various episodes of programs? They are wonderful experiences, listening to such stories of Americans.

Between these two reports (virtual human memories and story telling), it makes me wish my dad could have joined the project for artificial intelligence in recorded historical memories.  He passed away in 2018 so could not be a part of such a project. But in his last months, I listened to him describe his service during World War II in the Philippines and Japan, under General Douglas MacArthur.  It was quite an interesting experience. He described the Army convoys driving to northern Japan, out of Tokyo. He never mentioned it, but in understanding the history of that time, I have a vague knowledge about how the USA, with Supreme Commander MacArthur over Japan, wanted to guard the northern frontier of Japan from the possibility of invasion by Soviet troops into that area.  Was this what my father described with the convoy in which he was involved? I won’t know for certain, but imagine if he had been questioned about such things and the video recorded, as the examples provided on the wonderful Sixty Minutes report last night.  I do, however, have a short audio of my dad describing how he got from the Philippines to Japan with his fellow Army soldiers. 

I also never got an answer as to whether or not my father and mother named me after General MacArthur, as I was born just after Truman fired MacArthur in Korea, during the time when General Eisenhower was president. 

With all of this being said, I do have a bone to pick with Sixty Minutes. What is hoped to be accomplished with the “First step Forward” program? Perhaps it was just coincidence that the story mentioned an attempt to stop the polarization of America due to Americans calling each other “stupid and idiotic.”  OK. I confess. I call many Americans “stupid and idiotic.” I wrote to Sixty Minutes and perhaps this is the only focus on what I wrote about? After all, my name is Douglas and Douglas MacArthur made some errors, one of which got him fired by Truman.  The jury still remains out on the Truman firing and whether or not it was a good thing to do, as we face, today, Chinese intervention in our American economy.  Yes. MacArthur was in error in attempting to stop the dropping of the atomic bombs, even if it was a lousy thing to have happen to human beings in Japan.  I don’t support human destruction to such a degree. But, the fact that Supreme Japanese Commander Douglas MacArthur later had troops heading to northern Japan addresses the true reason why the bombs were used. In other words, to gain quicker control of Japan by forcing them out of the war, and holding the upper hand when it came to dealing with the Soviets and a possible incursion into Japan. Truman’s decision to drop the bombs did work in our favor, in the end, as bad as atomic bombs are. 

I might add a side note. In a speech given by a Jewish man whose relatives and parents were impacted by Hitler’s Holocaust, he reminded us that the number of Jews killed by Hitler was surpassed by the numbers killed in the Soviet Union by Stalin. He presented the facts and statistics in this regard, so I trust they are correct.  How many survivors of the persecutions and deaths of Jews by Stalin in the former Soviet state when KGB agent, Putin, was present in that nation? A nation directed by dictators like Stalin and others.  How many Jewish survivors of the genocide there have been recorded in the project identified by Sixty Minutes

Taking this a step further, based on the “One step forward” project and the attempts to turn around the polarization between  those calling each other “stupid and idiotic,” I have more comments.  Does this project really hope to accomplish a reduction of such polarization by recording discussions between “conservative” and “liberal?” ‘Splain it to me, Lucy! For I am not convinced this will be as effective as it could be should there be other considerations. In this case, it is not about polarization between citizens as much as it is the polarization caused by a media which places emphasis on “conservative and liberal?”  Political ideology? Politics is the problem? When the media presents “politics as the problem” and that it matters not whether it is Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal, or other aspects of politics, I believe this is the wrong approach. Politics = democracy. It takes longer to get results in a democracy than in a dictatorship. It’s the reason Winston Churchill is quoted as saying, “democracy is a very bad form of government, but all the others are so much worse.”  Thus, Americans being “stupid and idiotic” is the result of a stupid and idiotic media which has shelved any common sense involving democracy.

For instance. The other day, in reaching out to fellow Democrats to obtain signatures to put Democratic Party candidates on the ballots, I ran into several situations where one spouse was Democrat and the other one I was not aware of the party affiliation and I did not care. I was on a mission to speak with Democrats, not debate the other side. You wish to debate with the other side and i say, let’s sit down over a cup of coffee and discuss matters.  But you see, the “stupid and idiotic” nature in America today and no one wishes to do such a thing. So, this putting together people of “opposing viewpoints,” whether that be Republican v. Democrat or liberal v. conservative is supposed to correct this situation of polarization? I don’t see how it can when most Americans do not even know what it means to be Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative.

Why do I say this? Because as a kid, I read columnists in newspapers and had no regard as to whether or not the columnists were Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal. It was of no concern to me. I would read conservative columnists like William F. Buckley, Jr., or George Will. At the same time, I would read something from more liberal Gore Vidal or others in that category. I could care less. All I wanted was NOT to dig in my heels as to what is the best opinion I might have, learn from what was being said, and discover the facts about matters, solutions, and ideas being presented.  This approach gave me peace and justice in my life. But who cares about how it impacted me, right? Who gives one damn to consider what I say? Right? All I know is that when I shared with others, no one asked whether it was Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, socialist, or what not. No one gave one damn about those things. Thus, today, I say that Americans are stupid and idiotic because they are being led by people defining hatred for any one side when discussing issues.  How does this project expect to overturn such lack of knowledge regarding conservative or liberal, when it puts people in a room on each side of these issues? I cannot see how this can be accomplished, so enlighten me, especially with regard to the issues I bring up. 

I want to go even further and discuss the matter of local newspapers and local broadcasting and how the decimation of local coverage with local politics, replaced by national politics, has done more to polarize America than what is considered in this project discussed on Sixty Minutes last night?

Sit back and read what I am about to write (say?).

I have a Masters in Library Science. The school where I earned my degree had to differentiate from “Information Science,” unless one worked to incorporate more information technology (additional credit-hours) and could earn a Masters of Library & Information Science. My course completion was on information content and included how methods of distributing information content in a digital-based world. The overall vision was about print books and periodicals, plus database management and media distribution.  But it also included electives from the “information content” people of the journalism school.  We used a textbook authored by a Cornell University information science practice in which “natural language” searching was being developed. We also used textbooks about providing information content by way of cable television and the media.  Don’t I know a thing or two about these issues?

During my career, I worked with librarians who were hired by newspapers and the media to validate facts. These were librarians working for newspapers like the St. Petersburg Times, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post, etc., etc., etc. These were the quality newspapers which avoided sensationalist approaches to journalism.  Quality, not quantitative. 

At the same time, a sensationalist newspaper had also hired a librarian. Only due to the money (and a love of money – quantitative), did this person work for such a newspaper in order to attempt to validate one thing: “dirt” dug up against people.  In the education field, we consider that information about issues and events far surpass issues regarding people.  Sad to say, but today, we are in an environment in which conservative is linked to digging up “dirt” on people, whether true OR false (the librarians are gone – our jobs lost to lawyers and number crunchers who can support the lined pockets of the wealthy supply siders). The entire media has become sensationalist journalism, concentrating on dirt about people and never taking the time to really examine, in depth, the issues. Republicans and conservatives alike (such as Tucker Carlson) love this approach because it helps them win elections over Democrats for whom they cast false aspersions about. 

You don’t believe me, do you? You are now digging in your heels and standing firm like stubborn dolts, idiots, and stupid ones, regarding the prevalence of sensationalist journalism which rejects “politicians” of any kind; thus they help destroy democracy. 

I can provide examples of Democrats who have done some really wonderful things and you dig in your heels, proclaiming that “all politicians” are bad, not even listening to me. What does this “One step…” program hope to do to overturn such stuff, while projecting Republican against Democrat or liberal v. conservative?  I believe there needs to be a better approach to this problem of polarization in America.

My attitude about Americans being “stupid and ignorant” derives from the fact that I hear Republicans and supposed conservatives discuss the “stupidity” of doing research. Library research instruction was a main part of my career. If I was doing this in a corporate training program, I was also teaching in research in the evenings at a local community college.  Later, I had a full time job as a professor teaching. What does it matter to insult me, by Republicans who support number-crunching, lawyer, and information technology jobs as being more important than a job teaching with the Hegel triad concept of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis? In other words, I am insulted by Republicans and some conservatives who don’t want to synthesize through the process of research and learning. The media is stupid and ignorant in upholding this idea about “all politicians are bad” and leads to the destruction of synthesizing. There is only thesis and antithesis, so no one really wants to sincerely consider “synthesizing.” 

Thus, the lack of sincerity demonstrated by hearing that the destruction of library and information science jobs is very acceptable, whether it is the newspaper librarians who investigate and research or any other job with library research instruction involved.  Number crunchers and lawyers who make far more than educators and librarians are so much better for society, don’t you know? Quantitative s***, rather than quality. 

Recently, when I was looking for a Democratic Party member in a household, so as to have candidate petitions signed, a Republican answered the door. He said the wife, a Democrat, was not home. Rather than say, “come back later,” he began spouting off about how lousy Joe Biden and the Democrats are. Once again. The lowest level of intelligence in not addressing any issues, but addressing people with unsubstantiated dirt. I immediately figured this “dirt” was coming from Putin-Russian-loving Fox propagandist, Tucker Carlson – or some other source. 

Rather than address the man’s disgusting diatribe against Biden and the Democrats, I simply began to walk away.  When he said, “I’m a Republican,” my reply was this: “that’s wonderful! So glad to hear that because I was once a Republican, too. But I did not come here to discuss politics, but just to offer a Democrat an opportunity to place people on the ballot, in this nation with a democratic form of government.” To which, the Republican did not stop. And I finally said, “I don’t think we should discuss your opinions about Joe Biden because I am in total opposition, so let us end it there.”  He did not seem to want to stop, as I walked back to the car where another person was waiting for me.  Once again. How does the “first step …” program expect to deal with this situation in which the “stupid and idiotic” ones reveal their low intelligence by falsely trashing people, based on a lack of knowledge and information about what liberal, conservative, socialist, Republican, Democrat TRULY mean? 

Funny thing. Because I ran into the same thing in 2018, while going door-to-door with pamphlets and information about Democratic Party candidates and delivered ONLY to doors with Democrats. In fact, in that urban area of Florida, there was a gang of Trump-DeSantis goons who stalked us on the street, telling us that “we should not be here.” The reason we were not supposed to be there? Because our pamphlets included information about a black man named Jeff Gillum who was running against Ron DeSantis. 

Bigotry, whether against black folks or gay folks, Jews, or any other folks, is unacceptable in America.  That is the issue to which the “First step…” program is NOT addressing, as it just portrays “conservative and liberal.”  That is bulls***.  So, the example given on Sixty Minutes last night was about a black CONSERVATIVE pastor and a white LIBERAL pastor.  This is supposed to be good? 

I hate to say this, but I have run into “conservative” black folks who embrace “black lives matter” to such a degree that they can be considered racists. “I am against legal abortion because it limits the number of black children born.”  Not about a consideration of ALL LIVES MATTER and the HUMAN RACE, but only about black lives.  I knew one pastor who raised some 60+ black foster children. I have yet to hear a so-called conservative, whether white or black, give accolades to honor such a person. Imagine the children this pastor had, taught them to play music.  In one instance, the teacher-pastor turned the budding black musician over to a same-sex couple which was NOT black?  That same-sex couple raised a HETEROSEXUAL kid who became a promising performer.  Damnation to the DeSantis-Trump (and others) ideas about “it’s not about nature, but about nurture.” Go ahead. Think a bit, not about the issue and synthesizing the information here, but to dig in heels and shoot holes in my antithesis. 

If “nurture” is such a damn problem to stupid and idiotic people like DeSantis and Trump (and others), then ‘splain it to me, Lucy, how a gay couple did not NURTURE a black kid into being gay?  Because they could have. And the gay grandfathers who raised young kids together when they were of a very young age. Did they “nurture” gay children? Oh, yes. We have to be careful because if one does DISCOVER being gay, then it’s all the fault of the gay grandpas, right? lease explain how the number of HETEROSEXUAL parents have produced many GAY children? ‘Splain it to me, Lucy. 

Damnation to such stupidity and idiocy in America, with its stupid and ignorant media which does not address this issue at all.  But fools don’t take my word for it, do they?

Have I said enough yet, or do I need to go further? Because I can go further. I can discuss the issue of falsely accusing Biden and the Democrats with regard to inflation and gasoline prices.  I can talk about this issue. Plus more issues. 

I really wish I did NOT have to make such information available. I really do. I would NOT like to face off with others, especially if it’s to be divided by the stupidity of political or ideological divisiveness.  Perhaps if I could speak, face-to-face with a Trump, Putin, DeSantis, or Rick Scott, and concentrate on one thing, human equality, justice, and peace.  But when you face someone like a Trump who got it off with words such as, “you’re fired,” how can I expect the person to repent against such a lousy attitude? 

The person in which Johnson City, NY, is named, and the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Company was created and became a very successful company, George F. Johnson, was very benevolent to his employees and understood how a company could be successful with such an attitude. He explained that his ideas for benevolence were based on ideas about holding fast to a “sense of morality to community and employees.” Those who followed him were not successful in running the company under such a vision, so the company failed.  They blamed the failure on the ideas about leading a company with the sense of morality which Johnson promoted. 

Johnson also spoke about a vision for “industrial democracy,” based on his model.  It can be achieved, but not by thinking inside the box of number crunching only.  Johnson never used the words, when providing healthcare for his employees, that it was “socialism.” He used wordage which one can learn from the original theorist of capitalism, Adam Smith.  But you see. Americans have no knowledge about Smith and the ideas of capitalism, nor “industrial democracy.” That is the reason I include words like, “how stupid and idiotic…”  I should say, “ignorant” because those who are ignorant, like a human baby learning to walk, can overcome such ignorance. The stupid ones are the idiotic ones who dig in their heels and refuse to listen, consider, think, and learn. Why? Out of fear that someone somewhere is telling them something which works and is good and it goes against their own thinking. 

Professor Douglas Willet Cornwell (Retired)

Newark Valley, NY

———————————“Love your neighbor as yourself.” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “The problems of the world are not that some people love in a different way. The problems are that so many people don’t know how to love at all (CGA, 1970).” A Puritan is someone in fear that someone, somewhere, is having a good time. “Liberty and justice for all [not priorities on individual and selfish rights].” “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union [and overall wealth of American society]…”  ​My path forward is not to re-live the past, but use learning from the past history in order to make life better in the future. My path forward is based not on politics, but to seek, consider, discuss, think about best practices for human justice, equality, rights, peace, and overall humanity.​
​”I don’t search for the meaning of life, but I attempt to learn the mysteries of life” because I seek wisdom, not certainty; I seek practice, not purity (and expectation to be perfect); I seek traditions, but not traditionalism.”​
​Benjamin Franklin: “​Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are ​affected.” Stacey Abrams: “Compromise about actions, but not about values.”  Oscar Wilde: “​​​I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”  Oscar Wilde: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Benjamin Franklin: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”  Whoopi Goldberg: “To handle this COVID-19 pandemic effectively, we all need to get on the same page.”  Note: To be clear, I do not like being patronized. I do not express my disdain over what happens to my fellow humans just for my own sake and to pursue favors and handouts. I do it in order to gain R – E – S – P – E – C – T for me and for millions of other Americans of any race, ethnicity, religious belief, or sex and sexual identity who try to walk in integrity as they attempt to achieve, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  PERIOD.  One nation under God [our Creator] with liberty and justice for all.

Adam Smith, Moral Sentiments, Gay Issue

Theories of moral sentiment. Adam Smith addresses ideas about self-control with regard to passions. While this assessment would tend to agree with the ideas expressed in this essay from 2010, for the privacy of relationships, and the government not be involved (due to privacy issues), I have questions. In other words, self-control and passion really involves an assessment of an individual’s ideas for promiscuity or no promiscuity. It brings forth an assessment of privacy regarding monogamous sexual relationships and three or more individuals involved in sexual relationships. The issue here is not about heterosexual or homosexual, as evangelical puritans, afraid that someone somewhere is having a good time. Such people feel as if they have a divine right to judge and use people like Trump, DeSantis, Rick Scott, and others to invoke their autocracy forcing people to live in their way.

Therefore, am I correct to say that Smith made a statement of “morality” which was in a broader context than addressing homosexual and heterosexual ideas?

After all, traditionalist puritanical autocrats put forth the ideas of Sodom and Gomorrah. S&G (Genesis 19), if one reads it carefully, is really about the broader context which is addressed by Smith. Passions described in the events of S&G are about hatred of immigrants (xenophobia?) and using rape to demonstrate the hatred of immigrants, whether male or female. Ironically, a parallel account of this activity is found at Judges 19 when a woman gets killed due to rape.

In reading Smith’s Theories of Moral Sentiment, one can come to the conclusions I address. Your 2010 article seems to want to address the idea of privacy. Is this meant as a means of “being nice” to the plutocratic autocratic puritans in America today?

In a sense, Trump, Putin, DeSantis, Rick Scott, and others are doing nothing to abide by what this article says, as they try to push to put government BACK into the privacy of homosexuals, push homosexuals back into segregated closets, and help to re-introduce strong blackmailing of gay folks.

These people use religion to push an old idea which is the basis for the letters of the “f” word: “fornication under consent of King (or queen).” In this case, we can say, “fornication under consent of aristocratic business leaders” and then we can easily say the lack of privacy is NOT in the hands of a libertarian anarchist type of government, as Citizens United pushes those with money to vote and control the government and predominate over the will of the people and democracy. They use the ways of anti-homosexual companies like Chick-Fil-A (and now I have heard of Walgreens, Disney, and others) which is putting money forth to political candidates. It is ending up being those with a love of money who are working to control society and push for “fornication under consent of aristocratic business leaders” like Chick-Fil-A and others.

In other words. Trump and Putin and others can do whatever they wish to do regarding fornication, groping of women, etc., but they wish to dispose of, through old bullying tactics, those who are gay.

In a sense, this says let us just skip past the fact that Trump does not live up to Adam Smith’s ideas on moral sentiment, whether sexual or in terms of economics. Thus, to handle this, simply be “kind and nice” in trying to speak about “no government intervention in private matters?” After more than a decade since this essay was written, what has been accomplished? What is the intent here and how do you intend to move forward for the sake of moral sentiment towards ALL human beings.

Silly me for concluding that theologian, Adam Smith, with his “moral sentiments,” did NOT endorse the love of money. Even Joe Scarborough and others have written about this, with regard to economics and commerce.

Thus, when I view a documentary about a wealthy man who pulled himself up by the bootstraps from nothing, George F. Johnson, identifies a need to have a “sense of morality,” I don’t take his words as an endorsement of morality with regard to sexual identity or racist ideas. It just happens that society at that time was immersed in Jim Crow and the idea of bullying gay folks. If I take Mr. Johnson’s remarks as being related to ideas to endorse human equality due to “morality,” am I correct with regard to Mr. Johnson? Is there someone who just wishes to embrace the puritanical ways who finds it more interesting to shoot holes in what I say because “it’s just an interpretation,” rather than doing what another Binghamton, NY, person said, “THINK.” That means to consider and “THINK.” When puritanical autocratic people, living in judgment like a god, shoot holes in what I say, they never work to consider what I say in the context of humanity, but these idiots uphold their traditionalism with examples of past hatred. It is good to seek traditions at time, especially when considering humanity, human justice, human equality, and human rights. It is despicable to seek traditionalism.

The examples of both Johnson and Watson were to attempt to endorse ideas of humanity among their employees and do so by making money on this basis, not on the basis of a predominance of love of money, which is evil and endorsed by Russian immigrant, Ayn Rand, and others who taught the generation under the age of those of the World War II generation.

What does the Adam Smith Institute think about what I say?

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Lousy Homophobic Hateful Chick-Fil-A and an Illegitimate non-scientific Survey in Gannett Pravda in Binghamton

The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin ran a “survey” question asking readers to choose the best chain restaurant for the area. To mock me, perhaps there are 43%, less than half the readers, who want Chick-Fil-A. Second came Golden Corral at only about 12%. So, this addresses the needs of the area?

Once again, we ask what is most popular when the question needs to be, what is the restaurant which provides a wider variety of foods for more people, breaded fried chicken like southern fried chicken or KFC? Or NY style chicken roasted with a Cornell University BBQ sauce consisting of vinegar and oil, not tomatoes or not breaded and fried?

America has had an increase in obesity beyond belief. Much of that is attributed to high rates of consumption of carbs. Look at the research, Gannett. To everything, there is a reason and a season, Gannett. A time to ask the readers and a time to seek the research.

In the midst of this favoring of breaded sandwiches, French fries, and fried breaded chicken, obesity AND diabetes numbers have increased in America. At the same time, our healthcare costs are four times as much as the Canadians who have the money to come to the USA and buy up our property and become slum lords (listen to a recent report from Sixty Minutes).

What does America do for diabetics? If you are employed, one can have a great deal done so the fat pigs of corporate America can have plenty of employees and no unions. But not employed and unable to get Obamacare (as it was made nearly impossible to get in Florida under Rick the Prick and DeSantis), well, forget it. You have to pay or go without the health assistance for the diabetes. Retirees have the same thing. Not employed and a Medicare system which sucks in this area and causes retirees, with lower salaries in retirement, have to watch the dollars float out of their pocketbooks. Meanwhile, bastards who are supposed to be helping Americans push JUSTICE, like Mattar and hurt in a car, do NOTHING about these conditions. Why? Because they are only concerned about their own selfish and greedy desires to make money from lawsuits. They don’t give one damn about the healthcare of all individuals.

This idea permeates into society as 43% choose Chick-Fil-A with breaded fried chicken and not the variety offered by Golden Corral. You can get breaded fried chicken at Golden Corral. You CANNOT get non-breaded chicken at Chick-Fil-A. But who cares about human justice anyway? Lawyers don’t, that’s for sure, or else they would DO SOMETHING about this situation I describe.

To take this all one step further, there is another aspect of Chick-Fil-A which is not being publicized. The fat pigs at the top are homophobic and anti-gay. Only about 10% or less of the population is gay, but one would think that gay people yield all this power and they have to be curtailed. Ironically, only about 12% want Golden Corral. There is likely no link between 12% and 10% being gay. Between 43% and 12%, add them up. The top two in the survey are about 55% of the readers surveyed.

The survey is not a good one, by the measurements of surveys. It measures ONLY those who HAPPEN to see the survey in the Press & Sun-Bulletin. That does NOT survey the entire population. But the Press & Sun-Bulletin acts like a centralized Putin-style and thinks it can push those figures and say, “see, everyone wants the number one restaurant.”

We don’t have a SCOTUS with a man like Thurgood Marshall. Marshall said that a simple majority should not rule because there is little or no justice. If one removed all the other restaurants on that survey list and JUST asked readers to choose, would the numbers come out with Chick-Fil-A on top? Those people who are diabetics, wanting gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian foods, or are no special diets, would wish to have an input.

The question also asks to submit a “national chain.” There you go again. Local is shit and only big national chains. What about the buffet served by Phil’s Chicken House. It contains the type of UPSTATE NEW YORK chicken without the breading and frying. It is a CULTURAL thing. What if people in Dixie were asked to judge? They are so hip to their own culture that in Louisiana they might wish to choose foods with creole cooking. Or in South Carolina, something related to South Carolina cooking which is described on the Food Network program of “Ms. Brown.” Or the foods described by Trish Yearwood in her Southern Cooking show on Food Network.

To the Fat Pigs of Gannett Pravda supposedly based from Binghamton, your survey sucks, big time. To the Fat Pigs of Gannett Gramma supposedly based from Binghamton, your automated system sucks big time when paying bills and you want to FORCE down our throats the idea of reading the newspaper online. To the big Fat Pigs of Gannett Centrally run with customer service from the Philippines, you remove all local control of the newspaper. Sad that no one can see the ability, with money, to provide a competition to the sucking Binghamton version of Gannett Pravda Central. Too bad you bastards just do as Rupert Murdock, immigrant from Australia, pushes down the throats of Americans – to remove local control.

Too bad that Murdock does not suffer what a former Florida governor with a great mind and doing a great job as a Democrat did.

Between the lousy customer service, automated systems, and this lousy survey which does not take into account ALL people, whether gay, black, brown, white, Jew, or otherwise and have the FAT PIGS of Gannett Pravda in Binghamton create a survey which is scientifically based and makes sense. Oh, that’s right, these SOB bastards cater to the fundagelicals like those at Chick-Fil-A who don’t want to believe in science. How silly of me to suggest such a thing when I believe in both spirituality (religion) AND science. How stupid of me not to go along with the crowd, right? Silly me.


Independent & Strong? NOT! Following Foreign Influence of Putin

Dear Editors:

With all due respect for Mr. Murphy and your newspaper never checking the accuracy from your “My Turn” writers, I have some contentions with what Mr. Murphy wrote this past Sunday. The attached file explains what I am saying.

Since the American Revolution, history tells us several times that infrastructure projects made America strong AND great. The NY Governor Clinton’s Erie Canal in upstate New York. He was scoffed at as it was called “Clinton’s Ditch.” Flagler’s railway along the east coast of Florida. Carnegie’s railway across America. The interstate highway system put forth by President Eisenhower. Mr. Murphy scoffs at Biden and the Democrats with their infrastructure plan. Meanwhile Republicans Scott and DeSantis helped put a stop to guidelines for a Surfside City condo near Miami. How many people died from the lack of infrastructure development? How many people (like me) lost out on our personal finances as we invested in a home along the VOTER-APPROVED fast speed rail system in Florida, stopped by REPUBLICAN Scott (and likely agreed upon stopping it by Trump and DeSantis).  Even the Louisiana Purchase (Jefferson) and the purchase of Alaska (scoffed at and called “Seward’s Folly) have yielded to America’s strength. Today, such things would be opposed by the Republicans today and the money they get in a corrupt, immoral, and unethical way would help stop such projects.  Mr. Murphy does not even understand what makes America great, strong, and independent.

I have already pointed out how the lack of peace WITH justice, as done by Trump only serves to give more power to Putin and the Russians, and the Saudi sheiks with ISIS and the Taliban gaining power. It was not Joe Biden who did this. In fact, during the Obama – Biden administration, we brought down a member of the Saudi sheik’s family. No commendation was given strongly in the media to Obama and Biden, as well as the military and perhaps state department which accomplished this take-down. No. Americans are more interested in take-downs in wrestling and the violence which prevails on television, including supposed “family” entertainment from Disney. 

Mr. Murphy and others need to grow up and mature. Such people need to try to understand more fully what is happening.

For the Press & Sun-Bulletin, it needs to consider the lack of accuracy in a message like the one that Mr. Murphy provided. If nothing else, nothing should stop GOOD journalists from notating the message with EVIDENCE, FACTS, STATISTICS, INFORMATION which is contrary to what a Murphy says. That is NOT censorship, since it is business which is processing the data. It is journalists processing the data, not a government.

If government is at fault, it was a white supremacists CONTROLLING the government and with power and money DICTATING THEIR WHITE SUPREMACIST BIGOTRY.  For example, a senator (Helms of North Carolina) who manipulated the CENSORSHIP, by a GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE, of the original Star Trek series on NBC TV in the mid- to late 1960s. The reason? So as to dictate to America that inter-racial kisses should not be shown on television. William Shatner ended up homeless and on the street living in a pickup truck, as a result.  Not until the Democrats took control in 1976 did the popularity of the DEMAND SIDE of the market take off and the Wrath of Khan became a hit. Add to that new Star Trek series and the Star Wars series.

Stupid people like Mr. Murphy and others who spout out the “greatness” of an America who get their play book from Putin and other dictators, Trump, Scott, McConnell, DeSantis, the roles are now reversed. These Trump-like (no Putin-like) cronies, for quite a long time now, have been pushing a strategy, with the help of dolts like Australian immigrant Rupert Murdock (owns Fox and Wall Street Journal), to create a centralized control of business and media by wresting control from local news media, curtailing and destroying local business. Murdock has even been quoted about the ruination of local broadcast media. Just because local Fox 40 is part of the Fox network does NOT indicate that Murdock id not doing this. That is ridiculous. How many times do people have hidden agendas for destruction while smiling just as nice as some politicians do. These people are evil money-loving business people. Stupid people do not even consider this going on.  It has been going on historically. It is about time to stop living backwards and move forward by LEARNING from the bad and evil things from history.

For instance, the SCOTUS before the American Civil War made their decision inn Dred Scott case based on too damn many YANKEE SCOTUS justices who “felt sorry for the white south of Dixie,” so did not base their decision on justice, but how to “appease the south.”  Freaking lousy YANKEE justices of that day.  Yes. We can gain peace by throwing the towel in and nixing justice being done for humanity. As a result of the Dred Scott Decision, those damn SCOTUS justices were a bunch of traitors by not following the words of the preamble to our U.S. Constitution. They refused to ensure “domestic tranquility” for those people then and for their “posterity” or future generations. Along came Reconstruction, then vengeful white people suppressed voters and lynched black people who did not go along (Jim Crow).

This systemic racism is still around today, while the KKK, John Birch Society, and even those who CLAIM to follow Christ, are ruining domestic tranquility. And if someone speaks out against this, then WE get blamed for being contentious and not going on with white racist dictators and thus ruining “domestic tranquility.” America is not STRONG (as the headline read with Murphy’s turn writing) under the guise of this situation, while Murphy credits Trump with peace in the world and America being “strong.” Bullshit.  In the world, Trump and the Republican leadership is supporting Putin and other oligarchs who try to put out propaganda as to how to achieve peace, but never, ever, ever, ever, ever, do they pronounce how there can be “…justice for all.” NEVER.  The only justice they want is for the justice which comes from dictatorial control by bigots who have hatred for groups of people of color and different sexual identities. They have hatred ro those of us who speak out with criticism and bring about vengeance against me and others, rather than taking us seriously as our remarks are important to a society which is SUPPOSED to be made up of Christians, words of the preamble of the Constitution, and not being hypocritical when repeating words like “…liberty and justice for all” or “… life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” 

Maybe if I keep repeating the truth over and over again it will become the truth?

P.S. To the stupidity of people who call themselves Christians, let me add this. They worship an evil god, not the true CREATOR, MAKER, DEISTS from whom we are made in the image of a LOVING AND CARING GOD.  They make freaking lousy claims by twisting th words of Christ. For instance, Christ said there would be divisions in families due to the name of Christ. He did not ENCOURAGE such actions, but predicted and prophesied such things would happen.  There are stupid Christians who embrace the words of Christ here and CLAIM we are supposed to be acting this way and thus shun those of us who are not the same as they are, not allowing us to  partake in communion or to attend weddings . It happened to me, due to a lousy bunch of Christians. I heard this happening to a friend of mine who has a gay son.  The married partner of the son was not allowed by a controlling bitch who calls herself “born again” and sets herself up like a GODDAMN god of some kind.  Who the hell are such bitches in dictating that a gay married man NOT be allowed at a wedding? The only words I have is this. Trump and his cronies do NOT make America strong and great and independent, by endorsing this. Companies like Chick-Fil-A and others which push for anti-gay candidates (who hide their true intent) and measurements, in the name of some evil ideas about who Christ is. They need to be strung up by their balls and/or tits. That is how angered I am about these people. I have to ask, what have I ever done, in achieving my happiness, to bring about lousy people identifying as “born again” Christians who want to bring Maxwell’s silver hammer upon my head, unless I go to conversion therapy or give in by refusing to come to grips with who I am, as the TRUE God made me. These people are acting as if THEY are gods and dictate to us. Puritanical shitheads are those who are upset because someone somewhere is having fun and achieving a happiness. They must not be able to achieve confidence, self-control and happiness, that is all I can view in this situation.    If you are good thinking on this measure, then don’t focus on bad words I use, but join me in what I say. If you don’t like the bad worrds, don’t use them. I don’t DICTATE to others, as some people who claim to be Christians just love to do.

I Wonder

Dear Editors:

You had a huge photo of Trump on your editorial page. You included a letter from a Mr. Murphy as “My Turn.”  This was in your Sunday newspaper on the opinion page.

People like Mr. Murphy are all clamoring to write and speak about things they CLAIM Trump accomplished. In actuality, he did not and there is plenty of proof and evidence otherwise.  People like Murphy don’t provide the evidence.

I accomplished my Competent Toastmasters status. As part of that accomplishment, I earned 1st place from a peer vote in the meetings for “Best Evaluator.” So. Why, since Cox Newspapers sold their newspaper in West Palm Beach, FL, and now Gannett owns that newspaper there, am I being censored by the newspapers? I don’t get a turn and I have to ask why, since the respected newspaper journalists at the Post, have I been denied the rights to publish and get printed, after doing so for many years? 

I cannot say my first amendment rights are being curtailed. From what some are saying, first amendment rights are ONLY curtailed if it is a government trying to squelch the voice. Apparently, it matters not, too, if words are squelched due to inaccuracy or expressions of hatred or violent acts.  Yes, we all censor the f**k word, but not words of hatred and violence against one another.  We squelch vulgar language, but not words which are inaccurate. We cannot squelch Tucker Carlson for his words, described by Russians and Putin as being “propaganda.”  Propaganda IS inaccurate words.  Goebbels, the propaganda minister under Hitler said, “if a lie is repeatedly told, it becomes the truth.”  People in the Wisconsin Republican-controlled leadership are still dwelling on the 2020 election by telling the lie about Trump winning and the election being fraudulent, over and over and over again, so as to make it the truth – propaganda to the people of Wisconsin that even some Republicans are challenging as, enough is enough and let’s move forward.

I would wager that the purpose of coming up with these lies and inaccuracies is to bury the true issue here. Pro-bigotry folks who wish to keep fires burning with lies so as to get Republicans elected who tell the lies and then wham groups like the gay folks because these people are bigoted moles coming out of hibernation. For instance, a Republican in Florida gave a speech before college faculty in Florida. He was wealthy and one time sat on the board of trustees at a college, appointed by one of the governors (Jeb Bush or Rick Scott, don’t recall).  This man claimed that individuals do not know what it means to be happy, so they need to have it defined for them. The faculty was polite, but many of us shared, after the speech, how they wanted to boo him off the stage and walk out. We were pleasant and polite, taking it on the chin as we were being insulted for lack of intelligence with a claim that “we don’t know what makes us happy.” More like, for people who lack confidence in life, they don’t know what makes them happy.  And in the entire world, America ranks down about 26th on the list for happiness. Denmark usually ranks as number one with its people’s measure of their happiness.  Bottom line. If you are not as happy as the wealthy define happiness, then you don’t know what makes you happy. If you maintain the happiness of someone like Mother Teresa or Martin Luther King, Jr., or several others who knew the love of Christ, then you don’t know how to define happiness.  This man pretty much said that we need to have an evil love of money and materialism in order to be happy. We need to have money, but we don’t need to worship it and have a love for money to predominate our lives. 

At the end of the day, these people like this Republican speaker in Florida, don’t think anyone who is gay and has a same-sex partner, married or in some other monogamous means, then such people are not happy.  We are happy. As I stood before the Board of Trustees at the college where I was a professor, I spoke out rather eloquently about the need for domestic partner benefits. The Board of Trustees granted it.  That was before same-sex marriage.

Wait just one minute, though. When the domestic partner benefits were implemented, I was told by HR that the ones who came to apply for the domestic partner benefits were all heterosexual couples. Males and females living together and not married.  I never kept up to see if that small portion of people we call gay people (estimated under 10% of a population; a slight bit higher now that people feel liberated and not having to remain in the closet, so they let others know about it and get counted). 

Is it not ironic that those who are hateful of gay people do not even consider that there are church leaders who object to a man and a woman living together outside of marriage? But when gay people wish to establish a solid foundation of a monogamous relationship, then these people grab at Bible, televangelist, and fundagelical leaders to smear the idea of gay people establishing a monogamous relationship in the form of marriage. 

America never had a referendum to decide same-sex marriage, as what has happened in nations such as Australia. The polls in America reflected the same numbers supporting gay marriage as the results of the vote in Australia. Two-thirds of the population.  Every time there is some number like that, then hateful Republicans call foul in one way or another. Either the vote was not done properly or the polls were not accurate. Then they throw people like Tucker Carlson out into the public eye with his lies of propaganda. And who is the guy at the top in that organization? An immigrant who needs a wall built around HIM> Why? He did not like the vote in his homeland of Australia. 

So, he uses propaganda and the idea that people do not know what makes them happy, so they need the sensationalist fake news of Fox. I am speaking about Murdock. He has been on record as saying he would help destroy local news broadcasts. The FCC and big corporations have picked up his gauntlet in nationalizing the news media and destroying the local media, whether broadcast or newspapers.  They have paved the road for all the ridiculous stuff in social media by expanding individual use of cell phones.

Therefore, there is a need for more bandwidth for cell phones. The local radio and television broadcast power are reduced so as to make room for cell phones. The signals from local broadcast outlets are reduced so badly that we are FORCED to purchase “cable” television with streaming, like renting the “airwaves,” not getting it free or by purchasing to own on CD and/or DVD. Thus as I head south on a New York State Road, the same path I took in the 1970s when working one summer at IBM or Phil’s Chicken House, the radio signals are blocked out when i get in the shadow of hills. In the 1970s, the local radio stations were so powerful that it never happened that way. 

Gannett tries to not only block me from speaking through newsprint, but it is also creating a “rental” system for dispersing of the news by way of digital copies which are often too hard to read, especially for someone who is visually impaired, due to the negligence of retina doctors in Florida with laser surgery.  Negligence played a role in Julie Andrews voice. So we don’t say her “voice is impaired?” Vocal impairment? She can still speak, but has more difficulty in singing.  I know. I have evidence from the “horse’s mouth.” Explained by Ms. Andrews when she explained this to a large audience of librarians at a professional librarians conference.  She also shared her experiences in her work with children’s theatre, too, which is absolutely fabulous. 

So, big corporations have purportedly been putting support behind anti-gay politicians. My bet is shis. Most of such anti-gay politicians are Republicans. In fact, it might be safe to say that ALL of them are Republicans. But I cannot say that with a certainty because I have not researched the information about the topic. I base it only on conjecture regarding what appears in our lives.  And to support such corporations, people hide the anti-gay side of it and say, “oh, I don’t know why you think that food place is so bad because the food is good there.” Buddy. The bad or good of the food being served is not the question. The question is about how much happiness they wish to take from gay folks like me, by supporting anti-gay candidates when humanity and human justice are NOT political issues. Only by those with the love of money and materialism does such things happen.  There should be no money involved in campaigns and politics. Period. At one time we had public financing of campaigns so as to avoid the lovers of money with PACs and lobbyists. 

In the end, I really don’t get it about this. During my life, I have been subjected to those who tried to push me into a closet by means of bullying and insults.  Me and many others simply went along. We never did anything bad to such bullies and others forcing us to follow their means of being a macho, macho man in order to be happy.  We finally get a chance to come out of the closet, meet people in places other than just bars and baths, and suddenly we are confronted with hateful people who want to dictate to us what such people believe SHOULD make us happy. 

I know I have done NOTHING nor tried to push my judgments on heterosexual OR gay people for living promiscuous and/or non-monogamous lives. I have also never attempted to advocate for laws (by getting money lovers in corporate settings) against some really rotten heterosexuals who don’t know how to raise kids. Why do hateful bigots wish to harm and block gay people from adopting children?

I never sit in judgment of others at all. So, why do we have to face the prospect of being lynched, figuratively or literally, because we are gay folks in the pursuit of happiness in life?  Happiness does not always mean drugs, alcohol, and sex, too, because many of us have learned to have self-control.

I believe in living forever and believe in a Creator, Maker, Deist, etc. To those who don’t believe as I do, I have respect for them because they do not maintain a hateful attitude.  Perhaps such people reject religion entirely. I understand.  I do agree with them with the words, Bon Jovi says in a song, “I just want to live while I’m alive.”  In a way, I see the words Bon Jovi uses prior to “live while I’m alive” as perhaps tongue-in-cheek humorous way of explaining that puritanical folks just cannot accept that someone somewhere is having a good time in life. 

Stupidity without the Truth

Dear Editors:

People like Murphy, who wrote “My Turn” on Sunday, March 13, 2022, and a nearby photo of bloviating Trump, get their ideas for support of “strong and independent” America because they are mesmerized by too much false crap out there which hides the truth.

In reality, Trump, McConnell, DeSantis, Santorum, Rick Scott, Scott Walker, among others, are allied with Putin and other dictators in the world. They hide their affiliation. But they say the same things, particularly about bigotry towards the LGBTQ+, all the time. 

They also are all in support of control and power, with the Koch brothers, of oil as a fuel. They don’t want alternative fuels to be developed. They want to drill off-shore in the USA and build projects like the Keystone pipeline (and others). What better way for Putin and these dictators to divide and conquer, but to have Putin start a war in Ukraine and force gasoline prices sky-high? After all, they have worked to sabotage the development of alternative fuels and green technologies. They accomplished this with four years of Trump in power, after LOOSING the popular vote to Hillary in 2016. 

Being upset at losing in 2020, what better way but to lie about fraud in elections which, even many Republicans are saying, does not exist, especially to the extent claimed.

It’s about time Murphy and others learn the truth, rather than dwelling on the lies and fake news.

Trump, According to a “My Turn” Writer in the P&S-B

Dear Editors:

Your “My Turn” columnist (3/13/2022) gave credit to Trump for achieving peace in the world, for America to become “strong and independent.” The examples given were about peace in the Middle East. One cannot argue with some of those points made. What was not said by the “My Turn” writer was that, in each case, there may have been peace, but in order to achieve the peace, there was no justice. For much of the peace was in support of the Saudi Arabian sheiks. During the Trump years, we also witnessed the sheiks ordering beheadings of their own people by using swords. They are awful pictures of injustice towards human beings. Then we saw the ISIS, supported by Putin and the Arab sheiks, who did the same thing.  In other words, justice, to Putin, the Arabian sheiks, and Trump, is how they define justice. If one does not agree, like Hitler and Stalin, then they are executed. By silencing the opposition, they achieve peace. We cannot achieve peace without justice for all.

In the same way, Trump achieved a “peace” in Afghanistan and put our pullout on a timetable. Biden chose to work with the opposition and stuck to the timetable established by Trump. Trump is applauded for achieving the peace while Biden gets slammed for removing troops from Afghanistan.  It appears Biden and the Democrats are “damned if they do and damned if they don’t.”

As far as the issue of inflation is concerned, there is evidence that the tariffs imposed by Trump on one nation (China) have had an impact on increased inflation. Biden is dragging his feet about getting rid of the tariffs and then Biden gets slammed for inflation.  Again, Biden and the Democrats are “damned if they do and damned if they don’t.”

Trump never achieved domestic peace within this nation. He emboldened many people in opposition to Democrats and the war on the COVID-19 pandemic. He could have provided supplies by invoking the Defense Protection Act. He could have done this at the time Gov. Cuomo and other governors (both Republican and Democrat) needed them. Cuomo ends up getting blamed and Trump does not. Again. Democrats are “damned if they do and damned if they don’t.” Republicans are simply above the law because of the fundagelical crap in American religion with their god of hatred. 

In the midst of all this, Trump, DeSantis, Santorum, McConnell, Rick Scott, Scott Walker (Wisconsin) all get to spend their time on suppression of voting, power in gerrymandering, bigotry towards gay folks and people with colored skin, while ignoring the domestic issues about human justice, human equality, and humanity in general.  In fact, some of them are spending more time in coming up with anti-gay and anti-colored-people rules for denying the ability for human equality. In effect, they are working against the very preamble of the U.S. Constitution which talks about maintaining domestic peace (“domestic tranquility”) and are hypocrites each time they repeat the Pledge Allegiance to the Flag and say, “…liberty and justice for all.” There is no “domestic tranquility,” due to Trump and the Republican cronies who dwell on anti-humanity legislation and legitimizing the wealthy and elitist plutocrats who don’t want a democracy because a democracy is dependent on a middle class. In this sense, Trump and his cronies, not following the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, are traitors to America and its democracy.

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