Leland Jenson, Detroit Lakes
A number of years ago Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Airlines, commented that Rupert Murdoch was a detriment to democracies. Great Britain's exit from the European Union (Brexit) has been attributed to Murdoch as political and vanity revenge for his involvement in the Princess Diana aftermath (wiretaps, hacking and outright lies), arrogance and authoritarianism. Karl Rove said out loud that his main goal was to make the Republican Party a "permanent majority party" (authoritarianism.)
From President Thieu, Republic of South Vietnam: "It is so easy to be an enemy of the United States, but it is so hard to be a friend." This is a message for the Trump Republican Party which I have determined to be a group of flaccid, old, fundamentalist white men. "You cannot dispel your collective ignorance if you maintain your arrogance" — a quote from a Vietnam in-country veteran. I am aiming this quote directly at the 'thoughts and prayers" crowd. Regardless of our nation's situation in 2020, a legitimate autopsy must be conducted on the deceased Republican Party.
The recent midterm election was, without a doubt, a rebuke, but not totally against Trump. In my view the six million votes by Democrats, Independents and some Republicans represent a declaration for rule of law, decency, respect and truth. The Republican party's 'devolvement,' with its southern strategy and loss of self-respect has proven itself openly discriminatory and dehumanizing. Trump is only a symptom, offering cover for the ever-so-entitled evangelical right, Heritage Foundation and 1 Percent, which, for the most part, I consider the parasite class.
For my fellow 'Nam veterans, blue and brown water and especially "in country," have you noticed the rhetorical and physical treatment of many of our fellow citizens? Do you remember how it was back then? Today most is aimed at our minority neighbors. I have experienced my food being messed with at three restaurants, including one in Minneapolis; also two of my vehicles were pranked, causing roughly $2,000 in expenses. This is a result of my politics. Other things have also occurred, but played off. Bottom line is this: it says everything about them, doesn't it?
Just like the tobacco companies used to offer coupons, Cracker Jack with a prize in every box, the NRA is seducing and grooming our young men and others to purchase assault style weapons. The marketing assertion is about self-protection. It's about the seduction into believing that heroism, bravery and problem solving can be achieved with an assault style weapon. All of the surviving shooters say so, don't they?
Circa 1860-1861, at the onset of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln said that he and Jefferson Davis both believed in God, but that he hoped his God would win. Thankfully Lincoln's God prevailed. Toward the end of that same Civil War, General Sherman on his "March to the Sea" commented that one thing he hated more than Confederate traitors were the religious fundamentalists (slaveholders and their surrogates) who precipitated the war. These white supremacists considered slavery a divine right!
My Dear Mr. (Speaker of the Minnesota House) Kurt Daudt: Please do your job! Moorhead very badly needs the underpasses. It's about job creation, commerce and safety. They will have a significant and positive effect on downtown Moorhead. Your hypocrisy is glaring and juvenile. Do your job! A tax cut for roughly 850 Minnesotans at the expense of preschool for 4-year-olds is nothing short of ridiculous. Do your job!
In 1975, while stationed with the Berlin Brigade, my company toured a portion of what was then East Berlin. A point of interest was the unmarked intersection where the infamous "Burning of the Books" took place in May of 1933. The 'Night of Broken Glass' occurred in 1938. Both of these acts of domestic terrorism were carried out by nationalistic thugs called Brown Shirts; a militia group that had the blessings and encouragement of the political leadership and was condoned by a good number of the citizenry.