Social conservatives and bigots are equal

*Social conservatives and bigots are equal *Trump helped to win by media, Clintons *Hypocritical med

Social conservatives and bigots are equal

I would much appreciate an explanation of the difference between social conservatives and bigots. I also direct those who continue to insist we are a Christian nation to read the First Amendment clause regarding religious freedom: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

That is a clear statement that government should not be involved in the personal religious beliefs of its citizens or pass laws reflecting those beliefs with no other justification or reason.

I am surprised at the number of people I meet who are offended by the “Black Lives Matter” movement. The reason this assertion is made arises from the fact that throughout much of America’s history, slavery, segregation and incidents such as the killing of Travon Martin and other African-Americans by police and vigilantes would indicate there exists among us many who do not see our fellow citizens of color as equals.

Anthony J. Santo


Trump helped to win by media, Clintons

I am no fan of Donald Trump, but I must admit to enjoying one aspect of this election: turning on CNN the morning after the election and watching the CNN election crew squirm. They covered up stunned bewilderment with demographics, turnout, motivations, etc. In fact, they are at the top of the list of people that we can thank for the Trump presidency.

During the Republican primary season, it was a running joke in my house: Turn on Channel 46 and see what Trump is up to. Their coverage was relentless and, before his nomination, benign. This free publicity supported Trump’s nomination, while he spent very little in campaign funds.

If it hadn’t already been obvious, Donna Brazile helped demonstrate the connection between CNN and the Democratic National Committee. One could ask: Why would a network so connected to the DNC help Trump?

I believe that Donald Trump was selected as the Republican that Hillary Clinton could beat, much like George McGovern was selected by the Dirty Tricksters as a weak opponent for Richard Nixon in 1972.

In their arrogance, the DNC thought that after he was nominated, the pallet of artillery shells that CNN had stored up could sink the Trump candidacy. They fired them and failed. Their arrogance has brought us here.

Bernie Sanders supporters can thank Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for making sure that Bernie wasn’t given a fair chance. Polls indicate that he could likely have beaten Trump.

Offended women can thank Bill Clinton. Whatever Donald Trump was accused of in his treatment of women, he could deflect that Bill (still darling of the left) had done worse.

And we can all thank Hillary Clinton, who provided a scandal-ridden, not-quite-indictable alternative, whose sole outstanding achievement has been to maintain plausible deniability through a massive series of messes.

Norman Perazzo


Hypocritical media ignored Clinton flaws

I finished reading a Nov. 10 column, “The media didn’t want to believe Trump could win. So it looked the other way,” by Margaret Sullivan on the Opinion page, and I thought the article was pretty good until the end.

Her next-to-last paragraph read: “We (journalists) wanted to believe in a country where decency and civility still mattered, and where someone so crude, spiteful and intemperate could never be elected — because America was better than that.” Then the last paragraph made me cringe. It said: “I can fault journalists for a lot of things, but I can’t fault us for that.”

Now I wonder about the crude things that Bill Clinton did in the Oval Office that no one has the nerve to bring up. How fast we forget the selling of the Lincoln bedroom, and many other things too numerous to name, including the impeachment of him for lying or the numerous affairs.

He didn’t just say gross things, he did gross things. And Hillary did “stand by her man” and condone it all, including demeaning all of the women he did it to. Trump is right. They lie, lie, lie.

I also remember that the Republicans didn’t do things to impede the decisions that had to be made when Nixon was forced to resign and everyone worked together for the good of the country.

Oh, yes, the Democrats all stand together, even when they know all of the illegal things that Hillary has done to diminish the standards of our country, and choose to stand by, with not one having the decency to stand up and say anything.

Where have your good consciences been all these many months or longer while all of this was going on and very few had the courage to tell the people the truth?

Linda Clingerman


Can’t tolerate hate, intolerance of Trump

I did not wake up the day after the election angry that my candidate lost. I woke up terrified. In our country, we cannot allow messages of hate, intolerance and bigotry become a norm. We must continue to spread love, compassion and acceptance.We cannot let hate-filled rhetoric become a normal conversation.

I would be OK with a reasonable Republican taking the presidency and Congress. With that said, I cannot, and will, not support a man who admits to sexually assaulting women, openly mocks the disabled, and disrespects people of color, minorities, the LGBTQ community and so many more in so many ways.

Our country just elected someone endorsed by the KKK, immediately following our first black president. There is a lot of work to be done, and now is the time to remember that any rights we have as women, minorities and the LGBTQ community were not given; they were fought for. And they will be taken away if given the chance. Remember, if no one is hearing your voice, they have no reason to listen to your beliefs. Make you voice heard. Donate. Volunteer. Be safe, everyone. Please spread love today.

Elaine Kriss



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