“America less split than seems” (Scranton Times-Tribune, Sept. 11, 2022)
To the Editors of Scranton Times & Kathleen Parker, Washington Post (Jeff Bezos’s newspaper?):
Kudos for an informative op-ed regarding the polarization of America. The facts presented by John Avlon who has had a career “advancing centrism and fighting extremism” are very well understood and can also advance the ability of Americans to learn rather than dig in with an emotional spark and little or no knowledge. The statistics demonstrating that a range of about 60 to 75% of Americans support same-sex marriage, cannabis legalization, and are pro-choice. For many years, we have known about such numbers. In a national referendum in Australia, we might seem to recall these numbers were close to the numbers here which are based on polls, not a democratic government run by referendums of the people. Instead, we have a man running Fox News who is Australian and uses the back door to impose his wishes and those of the minority of people who are quoted in this op-ed. They force control of the U.S. Senate so as to appoint members of the minority to a Supreme Court, including puritanical idiots of the Roman Catholic Church which is a minority in this nation but dictates by way of a court, not the referendums, as in Australia and other nations. Bravo for the information, but consider that Hitler came to power after advocating gay rights, but once the power was consolidated with guns and violence, he turned on many people, including the LGBTQ community in Germany. Castro did the same thing in his dictatorship in Cuba, yet idiots like Marco Rubio has blinders on and lacks knowledge and a THINKING ability, so as to react with emotions instead.
As for referendums of democracy, people also need to know there are at least TWO referendums on different issues than what is outlined here in which the voters approved of the referendums. This was the state where Trump hides out an with stupid lawyers like Giuliani, tries to protect his right to classified documents which he HAS NO RIGHT. In that state of Florida, Rick Scott, now sitting in the U.S. Senate, and Ron DeSantis, now a sitting in the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee, have negated what the voters of Florida approved, on two different issues. Furthermore, there is no referendum in Florida regarding same-sex marriage, pro-choice, or cannabis, so Ron DeSantis puts forth legislation to attempt to destroy some of those issues, attempt to allow people to stand their ground against those who dissent of the governor by the use of guns and violence, and issues an ultimatum against Walt Disney for dissenting against his stand on sexual identity and the teaching about the truth regarding the history of racism in Florida and America. As with so many other examples from George W. Bush and the Republicans, these fascist Republicans use these issues as wedge issues of fear, so as to get people who might be on the 70% of the side of the issues, to vote for their candidacy. They tarnish Democrats and independents who may be people who support such issues. That is the only way such fascists can win elections. It was the only way that a minority of people in Germany or Italy could win elections enough to take command. Add to that the guns and violence such people use.
As to the quotation of the military writer, Thomas E. Ricks, there is a prediction of a low probability of a U.S. civil war. Very positive thoughts to consider. Except this ignores the fact that there was really no civil war which brought Hitler to power, either. And Trump and others have studied the tactics and strategies used by Hitler. I have read about some in Texas and other areas of this nation who have purportedly studied, with added accolades from many, the tactics and strategies of Tojo of Japan when he rose to power in that nation, too. The hope and positive attitude of the commentary given by Ms. Parker is very good. I hate to be negative, but these other historical facts which I mention cannot be ignored. Perhaps it is necessary for me to apologize for having a negative answer? Silly me for wishing to seek the truth so it can set us free.
People in 70 AD also sought the truth when a fascist-supporting army of Roman General Titus invaded Jerusalem so as to destroy (predicted by Jesus Christ). Trump, Giuliani, and many of their mobster goons goons wish to do destruction and not reform. To reform is what happens in a democracy. Historical evidence also points out the times that democracy has worked very well in accomplishing reform and doing so without guns, violence, and bloodshed.
Republicans Above the Law?
Yes indeed. And this describes Republicans who think they are above the law will slander and smear others, Democrats, particularly, but also those in their own political party who don’t go along with their favorite corporate PACs (I.e., big pharma) and dig up dirt on such people and expand the dirt beyond belief (I.e., making a mountain out of a mole hill). For example. A Republican who supported efforts to regulate pricing of prescriptions suddenly is brought forth with accusations beyond belief and resigns. Fear created by Mafioso style Republicans and people like Tucker Carlson.