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Attitude Adjustment?

Editors [Scranton Times-Tribune]:

A friend in Florida recently said two things: (1) too many people who are not thinking about our overall life and society need a kick in the butte; (2) I am done with being reasonable anymore because it is doing nothing to stop MAGA, QAnon, Proud Boys, and others from their asinine behaviors.

In other words, America needs an attitude adjustment. I am all behind this one person who said the things I quoted.

I have been writing now for nearly two decades.  Most of my writing was published in the Palm Beach Post. I received kudos from many people. The one who came down hard on me was a woman in the church where I attended (she is now deceased) because she hated Gore and liked Bush and did not like my writing in support of Gore and Democrats. In the writing to which she responded, I never mentioned anything bad about Bush and only demonstrated a support of Al Gore. I used facts such as, “the only Republican county in the state of Florida [at that time], Pinellas County, and the majority voted for Al Gore, not George Bush.” I used facts to back up what I said. This woman is now deceased, but it seems her ghost remains within the Trumpicans today and many naive Republicans who, as my mother (also a Republican) would say, “they don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground.”

When, a few years back, the editor of the Palm Beach Post retired, no one ever accepted my writings anymore. Since moving to the Binghamton area, I believe there was one writing published in Binghamton’s Press & Sun-Bulletin. But no more. Nada. None. I never get what I write published anymore. Is this American censorship in practice? If so, then many Americans need a kick in the butte. An attitude adjustment.
I have been told that my writing improved over time. Yet, as it improves, nothing.

Am I moaning and groaning about this? No. Because I find other ways to put out a blog and so forth. But still. Nothing.
I feel like the New York Times columnist who was fired because, in his attempt to get to the truth regarding George Bush’s AWOL situation in the National Guard, as we see many attempting to get to the truth today with regard to thugs on Jan. 6 of this year, he was asked to stop writing what he uncovered. He refused to stop. He is now writing from Canada. We hear about people in exile from communist nations. What about an American who writes “in exile” due to the stupidity of people in this free nation forcing him to zip his mouth as he uncovers the truth?
The woman who scourged me because of my support of Gore was a musician. She owned a pedal-pumping, non-electric, organ in her home. In many respects, she was “old fashioned” by using such an “old fashioned” keyboard. But she got to do what she liked to do. But she had become an old curmudgeon, not willing to accept anything which was not in place with what she had known in life. As such, was it not the Christian thing to do to go and pay my last respects at her funeral? I don’t say this to brag, but just to mention how bad such a large part of America has become in denying business services and being as mean-spirited as this woman was towards me and others, just because we speak well of President Biden? Why do we have such an America today with so many quoting from a song, “money makes the world go around.” Indeed. That song was from a musical written by a gay man and spoofs Hitler’s dictatorial attitude in Germany, stating in a sarcastic manner that, “money makes the world go around,” and thus ignoring all the other atrocities of mean-spiritedness perpetrated by Hitler and his thugs.  At least at the turn of the millennium, this woman was not one with as much power and control. It is sad to see too many who are like this in power and control today. To the lawyers who insist on serving only a small number of people with their personal injury lawsuits and workman’s comp, I say to you: you asses with “money makes the world go around.”  You favor some while many others who have invested in healthcare over 40 and 50 years go without. You lawyers are just like this crazy woman from Massachusetts who retired to Florida and remained loyal to a political party before loyalty to this nation.

This woman needed a swift kick in the butte and an attitude adjustment, as others do today. It is tough to try to be reasonable anymore to such mean-spirited ones who have apparently lost their brains to think and live a life based on fear-mongers and their mean-spirited nature.

Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post (lives in Florida – or at least did when i began writing and she was writing with the Orlando Sentinel) – is someone whom I have read and done so for years. As with any other human beings we associate, we will NEVER agree perfectly and on every issue there is. That is the case with Kathleen Parker. Same thing with George Will of the Washington Post. When I was in the seventh grade, a teacher in my school, boarding in our home, gave me a subscription to Newsweek. I kept that subscription for many years and, when I was able to do so, renewed it myself. George Will had columns in Newsweek that I recall reading, from a young age forward. I don’t always agree with him, either. There are times, though, when he makes a great deal of sense. There are too many mean-spirited Americans who believe that if they read just one item from such columnists like that, then they reject them overall. They are mean-spirited ones who hurt America.
Recently, I read columns from Parker and Will and found them to speak quite eloquently on several issues, as they made their point. On the topic related to making voters feel fear and disenfranchised (not the main point of her column, but related), Ms. Parker said, “it’s not politics, it’s propaganda.” How many times have I heard voters in America just want to throw in the towel, being disenfranchised, in talking as if it matters not whether Republican or Democrat (politics), they are all bad. This statement made by Ms. Parker that “it’s not politics, it’s propaganda” really addresses what I have been trying to say for decades now and no one listens. This scathing attack against both political parties is a Hitler-style strategy to ruin democracy. That is why I try not to attack Republicans as a group, but concentrate on the Hitler-types running the Republican Party by calling them “Trumpicans.” There are too many good Republicans and all they are doing, sad to say, is act like wimps, bowing down to the Trumpicans. And that is the only part of which I am critical.

Same thing with Democrats. There are not all, particularly the “blue dog” type, with whom I agree. I have often mentioned a local Democrat, business person here, who, when the sales tax was introduced in New York, spoke out against “Rocky’s tax” because of how much it added to the overhead of a small business and cut into profit margins.

Yet, how many times have I listened to dolts who accuse the Democrats of being, “tax and spend” or “always wanting to spend?” That is asinine and needs an attitude adjustment with a kick in the butte so as to recognize there are good and bad in both parties, but don’t succumb to the fact that there are only bad people in politics. There are bad people who push autocratic dictatorial government which is on the level of a Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Tojo, Castro, Mao Tse-Tung, Putin, and many others.  As Kathleen Parker says, “it’s not politics, but propaganda.” Interesting to note that Hitler’s propaganda minister is quoted as talking like “tell a lie over and over again and it becomes the truth.” Parker is not telling a lie here, but it gets ignored and the truth does not get repeated over and over again. Instead, we hear lies about “fraud” in an election and the fraud was really just as minuscule as it always has been. Consider the openly “fraudulent” activity of a “butterfly ballot” in Palm Beach County in 2000, put in place by a Republican Party Supervisor of Elections in that county. Having voted in that election of 2000, I found that ballot to be very confusing as I walked away from the voting station. I had to scratch my head and wonder, “did I vote for Al Gore or was the ballot such that I pushed out a ‘chad’ with a vote for Buchanan?” i would have voted for George Bush before Buchanan. But the ballot was set up to mystify voters. Now THERE is fraud. Electioneering at polling places for Bush, Trump, or others is fraud and against the law.

Recently, I read an article in a newspaper about people who support Bernie Sanders coming together to organize. Makes me think of the time period following the disastrous 2016 elections. I voted for Sanders in the primary, but Hillary won the primary in Florida. OK. So I was disappointed. But I prefer Hillary to Trump any day.  The CONSERVATIVE leaning writer whom I had followed since the seventh grade, George Will, endorsed Hillary. Still. I would have preferred Sanders. Sad to say, it did not happen. So, following the elections, there were groups of Democrats getting together to, once again, organize in favor of Bernie Sanders. We attended those meetings. We listened to moaners and groaners complain about what had happened to Bernie in the election. It got so sickening listening to several of these moaners and groaners, we asked them to go to the meetings with us. Oh, no, they did not want to go. So, my reply was: “actions speak louder than words and you are only using words of moaning and groaning at something which we need to put behind us and move on.” I lost friends by saying such a thing. Am I saddened at that? No.

Once again. I don’t agree with everything Sanders says and I speak out when I do not. Hell. I am a capitalist who believes the false notions about capitalism is the result of a misinterpretation of it by Karl Marx and helps drive many people towards socialism. This false knowledge still lives on today. But I still supported Senator Sanders. The one thing for which I have spoken out against Bernie Sanders is an issue which there is no evidence of it being used in Scandinavian socialist democracies. Where does the CAPITALIST type auto company come from? Volvo is what I am referencing here. Volvo is not about John Stossel stupidity type talk that only those with money can create jobs and opportunities. John Stossel talks about monopolistic supply-side economics which is NOT the capitalism intended by Adam Smith, as he endorsed the idea that “free markets” cause supply-side economics and monopolies and destroy true capitalism. And we wonder why the Scottish wish to break with Britain and join with the EU.

Capitalism is supply AND demand, stupid, not just supply because supply-side economics creates monopolies, not capitalism of supply AND demand. Claudia Tenney is a liar who won by only about 100 votes against incumbent Anthony Brindisi. Her money came from supply-side economics advocate, Spectrum. Just yesterday, in speaking with someone at Spectrum because I get interference from others with great tech savvy which is used to hack into other people’s systems. Spectrum does not believe this is going on, claiming “it’s your computer.” BS. I have had this computer gone over time and time again and nothing has been found. But Spectrum with its fat pigs at the top of the corporation who funded the lying Tenney refuses to allow its people to say anything but to blame it all on the demand side of the marker – the customer. I went over and over regarding this score yesterday and countless times before with Spectrum folks who follow the autocratic line of the fat pigs at the top. Bet they don’t do that at Volvo in Sweden. I could be wrong, too. I just threw that out as a consideration. Law enforcement and others, unless it is a big corporation with clout and a belief that “money makes the world go around,” refuse to do anything to help out the little guy who has much less.

As I sit here looking at the piles of paper which gets mailed to us each day, whether paperwork from WellCare Medicare or others, i cringe to think that we have to drive each morning to get our morning newspaper, while the big fat pigs at the tops of the publishing houses (such as Gannett) push us to do paperless newspapers. It is not a consistent approach across the board, as I look at the piles of paper on my desk. Some of the paper may have been generated by my own notes and log books. Some might be copies of columns by people like Kathleen Parker or George Will. But a huge amount is paper which comes in the mail. Yet, the newspapers claim they are unable to find delivery people. That is BS. With Amazon doing delivery to compete with local small business and these publishers make a claim they are not able to do so? Maybe it also has to do with the way the big fat pigs of Gannett and other organizations have yanked away the ability for local people to interface with their customers and expand their customer base? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that these big fat pigs at Gannett and other organizations pay a pittance of a wage, rather than opening up opportunities for local business people to purchase bundles of newspapers (high volume) at wholesale price and sell them at the asking price, thus making a CAPITALIST profit by considering SUPPLY AND DEMAND. In South Florida, the successful newspaper was the one which sold bundles of newspapers to people who stood on street corners and at I-95 off-ramps (and other means), selling the newspapers. The one not successful was the one purchased by Gannett and its fat pigs.  Instead, we have to spend money on gas to drive about eight miles each day to pick up a newspaper. One of those newspapers is NOT Gannett based, but from another city and has not, as with the ones in Florida and here, “condensed” the content and implementing a strategy based on an example of the pre-Darth Vader in Star Wars, “you will believe this.” In other words, “you will believe the fact that no one wants print copies because, we the evil fat pigs at the top say so and money makes the world go around.” You will believe the lies because, as Hitler’s Goebbels said, “tell a lie over and over again and it becomes fact.”

That New York Times columnist “exiled” (not really) to Canada’s Toronto newspaper, was seeking the truth, not money. The truth hurts, as it did for the Bush family. However, for many of us, the “truth will set us free (John 8:32).” I believe that Jesus Christ said this. Adam Smith, the one who theorized about capitalism as a challenge to royalty monopolization with supply-side economics, had a belief in what Jesus Christ was about. But, of course, don’t bother to believe this either and it explains why people embrace “money makes the world go around.” Neither Donald Trump nor Adolph Hitler believed in the spirituality which revolves around God and the Creator. As one writer to the Scranton Times-Tribune said, “rather than ‘in God we trust,’ it has become ‘in greed we lust.'” And let me also mention that Jesus Christ was a Jew, which is the reason there has been such success with a Judeo-Christian approach to our lives.

Then there is Joe Scarborough (Republican) and Anthony Brindisi (Democrat). I like their rationality and reasoning. Unlike Teddy Roosevelt, they throw in the towel and get out of the arena of “blood and sweat” like wimps do.  Both have quit Congress (Brindisi does not intend to attempt to return) at a time when we need such people more than ever. To the Congress, “money does make the world go around,” as the members of Congress get benefits galore and for life, while Americans struggle. Then there is the crew of asses in Congress who claim that health and retirement benefits are socialism and convince too many people of this lie. It’s socialism only in the sense of what the people in Congress receive and little investment do they put into it. We put tons of money investing over the years in Medicare and Federal Insurance Compliance Act (FICA known as Social Security), only to watch those receiving true SOCIALIST benefits (except Bernie Sanders who speaks out in favor of the little guys). It is all so mixed up, INTENTIONALLY, by the big fat pigs of America. It’s time the American people learn the truth and it will set them free.  Bottom line. Failure is a form of learning which has endured in the human spirit since we were babies learning to walk.

Bad attitudes of too many Americans. We need an attitude adjustment.

Now that I have said all of this, will it get published? Nah. I bet not. it will be ignored and there are those who might say to me: “shut up.”

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.

Living & Learning Moment: Ambiguous Attitudes

Returning to my home today, I had radio station Cool 106.7 (WCDW) on my car radio. I like the tunes from the 1970s and 1980s best, but wonder why we no longer have 1940s, 1950s, or 1960s music? Golden oldies? What are we who like all that music dead now and there is “no one to listen?” Today, I heard a song I had never heard before and don’t know what era it was from. My bet is that it was 1980s or newer. The lyrics included, “don’t back down… stand your ground.”

I thought about such lyrics. Are such lyrics considered ambiguous because of the perspective of the person who listens or is there a common ground for such lyrics? These lyrics about “don’t back down” and “stand your ground,” to me, represent something for me personally. When I am trying to accomplish something I figure these lyrics represent being persistent in accomplishing a goal that has been set. I have been successful in being persistent and then being successful. The results were good for many people, not just for me. In fact, in one instance, my persistence in presenting to my home town school board an idea for hiring a vocal music teacher in the local high school after the separation of buildings created a rift in providing such a position. From the late 1950s until the 1970s, the school had gone from one school for grades K-12 to four different buildings, yet for the arts and culture, there were cutbacks in the education. Made no sense to me, as I would speak with those who had been in the one K-12 building and had more choices for education why there were so many cutbacks. Years later, I learned why. With four buildings it cost more to pay for staff to maintain the buildings so there was not enough money around to hire teachers for the education programs which were necessary. My grandfather, who taught languages in the K-12 building, caught the brunt of that as they curtailed his program. There was no tenure in those days to protect him. In effect, my persistence and working to “not back down” and “stand my ground” helped me in working to get education to advance in the arts, as well as to stop using the brand new vocal music room in a new school building as a “detention center.”

Was there a mathematics teacher or someone in another area who did not like me taking this stand? You bet. I was like an early 19th-Century New York State leader who recognized that building commerce in New York meant taking advantage of the flatlands from the Hudson to Lake Erie and building the Erie Canal. HE was scoffed at and his canal was deemed, “Clinton’s ditch.” Who was the one who proved it was correct to build an infrastructure in order to make New York the Empire State with, ultimately, one of the largest commercial centers in the world in New York City?

As a professor, I always advocated that education we call STEM should also include an “A” in the word and it should be education we call STEAM. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. STEAM is Science, Engineering, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics. Perhaps the school district with one building for K-12 figured they needed to adjust to the embarassment about the Soviet Union sending Sputnik into the sky before America had a chance to do it? Thus, STEM is still more important than STEAM? Good grace, Gracie!

After living through the hell and chaos of Florida which was caused by a law pushed by Jeb Bush and the RPOF (Republican Party of Florida) which was called the “Stand your Ground Law,” I have to look at these lyrics in a different perspective. This law has become one in which white people of Florida embrace in order to murder black people. How gross can you get? Is this a return to the lynching parties of Jim Crow? Yeah, it turned out to be quite close. Was the white man who did not like the sound of rap music correct in “standing his ground” by using a gun to shoot a black man who was listening in his car to rap music on the radio? Was the idiocratic man in the movie theatre justified in shooting people who were talking to loud in the theatre? Were these justifications for the words of the song I heard today with lyrics of “don’t back down” and “stand your ground?”

I know how I think about such hatred. I know what I think about these aspects of the words. What do you think about such hatred? What is your perspective on all this? Is there something you can learn in my “teachable moment?” I hope so. America needs to begin learning again. Can I help out?

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