“What’s gonna fix our democracy is you … you and your vote.” BARACK OBAMA 9/7/2018

“Here’s the good news:  In one month, we have the chance—not the certainty, but the chance—to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics. Because there is only one real check on bad policy and abuses of power. And that’s you—you and your vote.

“What’s gonna fix our democracy is you … The threat to our democracy doesn’t just come from Donald Trump … the biggest threat to our democracy is indifference … ”

BARACK OBAMA
September 7, 2018

Administration by smokescreens

from a contributor in the Borough

This is an administration by smokescreens. The President screamed that there was “voter fraud” (where the evidence is that any voting errors had a de minimus effect on the election) so that Republicans have an excuse for restrictions that discourage the minority vote. That’s a trick of the old post-Civil War South. 

The President screamed about illegal immigrants and attempted to ban immigrants from Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq who he claimed threatened the U.S. But that was simply to distract Americans from the fact that he is doing business with Saudi Arabia — the native country of the majority of 9/11 terrorists, and with United Arab Emirates.

He screamed that President Obama had wiretapped his New York office. But that pile of bunk was just to distract us from the number of people in his campaign who were in direct contact with Russian agents. 

No more smokescreens!

This is obstruction of justice — WC resident to Sen. Toomey

Dear Senator Toomey:

“I hope you can let this go.” When the President says this to the FBI Director, it is obstruction of Justice. The Republican Party now stands for principles that are utterly antithetical to Democracy: bald-faced lying (Sessions); intolerance (the President, Sessions); undermining the Constitution (McConnell); voting rights manipulation (the entire Party); the ends justify the means (the entire Party); obtaining advantage for the rich at the expense of the poor (the entire Party); now, no surprise, obstruction of Justice.

Where will it end?

When will you show some moral fiber and individual courage?

Sincerely,

James Sargent, West Chester PA
May 17, 2017

Was BuzzFeed right to publish alleged Trump dossier?

By Nathaniel Smith, The Times of Chester County, Jan 13th, 2017

If those allegations weren’t news before January 10, they sure are now.

The post that contains the download to the full 35-page version of the allegations was viewed over 5,000,000 times in its first 3 days online. (The 2-page executive summary has not been posted.) Here is Buzzfeed’s self-justification:

“BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.”

Are Americans really qualified to make up their own minds about any matter of public policy? If not, they need more practice. The 2016 presidential campaign centered on allegations and counter-allegations.

Now that we can see the current lurid and potentially damaging document, we can look at the evidence and at what public figures and commentators have to say. And of course we need to figure out why they say what they say, not just their surface explanations but also their built-in interests: partisanship, job security, preconceived notions.

Here are what I think are the underlying questions:

1) Should the allegations be treated as news?

Yes. These allegations involve no military secrets, have been circulating for years, and have been under scrutiny by US intelligence since at least June 2016. The time has come for proper airing.

2) What if Trump is being blackmailed by Russia?

Then it would have been better if these allegations had been made public a long time ago….

read more at The Times of Chester County

“Time To Double Down On Truth”

by Janet Colliton, Daily Local News, 11/14/16

Truth took a serious hit in this election. It seemed that anything could be said. In fact, truth might have taken enough of a hit to cause us to question the point of taking Ethics courses as professionals or why bother to try. At the risk of sounding like a lecturer I would say that truth matters now more than ever. Here is why.

Trust. Our society is based on the idea that most people tell the truth most of the time, at least as they understand it. Opinions can differ but facts mean something.

If a salesperson tells you a product or a system costs a given amount, we assume this is correct. If the bill comes back in a different amount we can be outraged.

If you are told in the financial services field you have immediate access to your money and discover later this is only after paying a substantial surrender fee or following excessive administrative fees, you can feel cheated.

When a researcher prepares a report and falsifies data so a contract can be awarded, users might be seriously injured by a defective product or a dangerous medication.

In law, my field, perjury is a crime. We ask “what is the evidence?” We probe credibility. This is a polite way of saying we are testing to see whether a witness is lying. Opinions will differ but facts matter.

So why does this matter? One reason is if truth breaks down, trust breaks down too. Trust is the bond that holds a community together….

read more at Daily Local News

“Forgive them, for they know not” department

From: Christians for Trump
Sent: Mon, Oct 17, 2016 9:31 pm
Subject: Call for Action!

The time is now to show your support for Donald J. Trump and Governor Mike Pence.

Help us spread the word that millions of people of faith are supporting Trump. Please use social media and show your support by using the hashtag #ChristiansVoteTrump

This year’s critical election revolves around 4 core principles:

Supreme Court Justices
Religious Liberty
Defense of the unborn
Support for Israel

Only one team can say yes to all of those: Trump/Pence.

Please pray for this election and our nation and its leaders.

Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

AND REMEMBER, WE MUST DEFEND OUR FAITH FROM THOSE PEOPLE TELLING US THAT “OUR FAITH HAS TO CHANGE.”

Also check out, share and like our page on Facebook: Christians Vote Trump – https://www.facebook.com/ChristiansVoteTrump/

Please tweet your support for Mr. Trump with: #ChristiansVoteTrump

Let’s MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN and MAKE OUR FAITH EVEN GREATER!

Christians Vote Trump

New York Times visits West Chester

excerpt from Trip Gabriel, “Email Issue Only Hardens Political Views in Philadelphia Suburbs,” New York Times, 7/7/16

…Holly Brown, 70, a retiree who owned a clothing and gift store in West Chester, supports Mrs. Clinton and said the furor over her use of a private email server was overblown. “I think there’s a lot of sexism going on,” she said. “There’s very much a double standard.” She noted that PolitiFact had “found her to be the most honest politician in the race.”

West Chester is the county seat of Chester County, north of Delaware County. Two elected Republican officials strolling outside the government building said they did not support Mr. Trump, but asked not to be named because of pressure they might face from fellow Republicans.

Mr. Trump “has proven time and time again he is not the type of person we typically elect to be the highest person in the land,” said one of the officials, who holds countywide office. “I’m not a fan of Secretary Clinton, either.”

He said he would probably write in Senator Marco Rubio of Florida for president….