Dems and media threaten democracy
Media consistently fail to inform about threats to democracy by the Democrats and participate with the Democrats in manufacturing public consent.
New York Democrats exploited the pandemic this year to increase ballot access requirements.
Minor parties, like the Greens, knew this was a direct attack against their existence, as Democrats attempted to suppress independent (especially left) political voices nationwide. Party suppression is voter suppression.
The media ignored this assault on democracy entirely or obtusely framed it as Cuomo’s gripe against the Working Family Party. In a WAMC interview on Nov. 5, Cuomo admitted this was specifically to keep the Conservative and WFP lines, and eliminate all other parties. Cuomo claims it’s his right to determine which parties are “legitimate.”
There was widespread media blackout across the country regarding the existence of minor party candidates.
This specifically targeted the left, from local offices to Howie Hawkins’ Green presidential campaign. Media’s responsibility is to cover all candidates on the ballot.
Trump and the Republicans are a serious threat to democracy, but so are the Democrats and the media.
Is Melania already planning her return?
Will Melania Trump reprise Frances Cleveland’s departing instruction to a White House servant in 1889: “I want you to take good care of all the furniture and ornaments in the house for I want to find everything just as it is now when we come back again”?
Trusting politicians has consequences
Well all of you who listened to the left-leaning news media got what you wanted. Don’t blame me. Unlike you, I was able to see through the political smoke and mirrors. Former President Trump told you again and again and again “I’m not a politician.”
The difference between him and a politician is the latter will lie to you without hurting your feelings. Former President Trump wouldn’t lie to you, even if it hurt your feelings.
He did try to keep the seriousness of the virus from us to try to lessen the panic as the pandemic worsened, but he later told us that. By then though our ability to protect ourselves was vastly improved. Unfortunately, the Dems turned all of that around on him/you.
Future advice: Get rid of Schumer, Pelosi and Schiff and the like. The country could be much better off without the likes of those types of politicians, now watch your backs.
Ode to Joy would be an apology
I agree with my friend Nell Burrows’ Nov. 10 letter (“River Stone Manor owed apology by Joy”) regarding the Joy campaign party. But then I also wondered what was “Ode to Joy”? Apologies to Messer’s Schiller and Beethoven.
Be worried what McConnell will do
I am jubilant that voters have extricated a lying, malignant narcissist, whose bombast soaked up all the oxygen out of news cycles and who was heading the nation to autocracy.
But I worry that a Republican Senate under Mitch McConnell will stifle necessary reforms to deal with the insidious virus, rising seas, burning forests, crumbling infrastructure, abject and shameless inequality and a criminal justice system that disproportionately affects people of color.
Mr. McConnell has been elected to his seventh term by the citizens of Kentucky, just one state in the nation.
He wields incredible power over our national government despite this. Too much power.
He caters more to his dark money donors than the citizens of Kentucky, a state on the bottom end of many indicators of successful governance. He delivered pro-corporation and pro-life judges and tax cuts for the wealthy and blocked just about everything else. He engineered an absurd defense of Trump in the impeachment trial, blocking any additional incriminating evidence.
McConnell should be in the cross hairs of news coverage as we await results of two Georgia run-off elections that could elect to more pawns for McConnell and dark money donors. It’s only our health and safety and the welfare of the Earth that matter.
Don’t let good news carrier slip away
We have a wonderful paper carrier (I think her name is Aleesha) in Colonial Manor (Rotterdam). She puts the paper right by your front door (not at the end of your driveway or under your car) 99% of the time and it’s there when I get up at 6:30 a.m.
The other 1% is either when her car breaks down or she is sick. I’ve seen her deliver at 4:30 a.m. (sometimes I’m awake and I see her running up the driveway). A couple of weeks ago, her car broke down and I saw her delivering papers with a shopping cart. Did you get a paper after that terrible storm? I did. Please remember her with a tip now and then. We don’t want to lose her.
Biden must bridge the left-right gap
Although Biden won, 47% of the electorate voted for Trump.
How could 71 million people vote for a narcissistic candidate who is a compulsive liar, who belittles minorities, who demands dictatorial loyalty, who mistreats women, whose pandemic failures have killed thousands, who wants to eliminate health care for millions, who praises white racists, whose tax breaks mostly beneﬁt the wealthy, who refuses to acknowledge climate change, whose deregulations accelerate global warming and threaten the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Who are these pro-Trump people? There’s the anti-abortion religious right. There’s the extremely wealthy who beneﬁt from his tax policies. There’s the upper middle class who worry about their 401K. There’s the white racists who fear minority power.
There’s the rural folk who regard most laws as an intrusion on their freedoms and rights. There’s the middle class manufacturing workers who feel abandoned by the Democratic Party.
Despite Biden’s victory, the Democrats lost seats in the House and so far, have gained only one Senate seat. Why did thousands of Republicans split their vote?
The answer is they despise Trump but fear the Democrat left wing. They see universal healthcare as socialism. They strongly oppose defunding the police. They don’t want one party in control of the presidency and both houses of Congress.
Biden must bridge the divide between the right and the left. He must reach across the aisle and convince the opposition to cooperate and compromise. He’s done this before, and he can do it again.
Fight cancer in ‘No Shave November’
My mother passed seven years ago, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She never complained and fought with grace and dignity every step of the way, despite having four types of cancer. Without my mother, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
She always inspired me to be more and she believed in me like no one else.
Recently, my older sister was diagnosed with cancer. Cancer hits close to home for my family and me. Chances are, I’m not alone and someone that you know and love has been affected by vicious disease.
That’s why as police chief, it was important to me that the Niskayuna Police Department participate in “No-Shave November.” No-Shave November’s mission is to raise funds for cancer research and treatment while educating the population about preventative measures.
Please consider donating to this worthy cause and helping the Niskayuna Police Department meet its fundraising goal of $5,000. More information can be found on the town of Niskayuna’s website. The Niskayuna Police Department is competing against Bethlehem Police Department to see who can raise the most money during No-Shave November.
Donations can be made online at https://no-shave.org/member/NiskyPD. Thank you.
Chief Fran Wall
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