Trump shows why it’s so good he lost
The nation being better off without Trump as president is best illustrated by his behavior, as well as that of his close associates, since the election.
The list should be prefaced by the promise the president made that he would engage with the COVID 19 crisis after he was re-elected. There was so much debate at the time whether he truly meant that it was contingent upon his re-election. Now we know.
He has continued to weaken our democracy by claiming that the election was fraudulent, despite his lawyers being laughed out of court, despite there being no evidence, and despite Homeland Security stating very clearly that it was secure. How does this self-motivated fraction of a man respond? He fires the person who told the public the truth, which, not incidentally, was a reassuring truth, or at least should have been.
He fired his secretary of defense so he could make several rash foreign policy choices, including the possibility of starting a war with Iran just as he is leaving office. He is claiming to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, though what he is actually doing is a troop reduction, which, in the latter case, is being done despite the Taliban failing to follow through with their commitments.
Yet, 260,000 people have died as a result of COVID-19. The president’s promised assistance has turned into Steve Mnuchin telling the Federal Reserve that the aid programs going through them are being discontinued. Happy holidays, America.
Thankful for Gov. Cuomo’s covid effort
For those picking on our Gov. Cuomo with his covid decisions, a reminder to you: He initiated his strong fight against this virus from the very beginning. He educated us and did his very best with providing hospitals with equipment. Who can forget that? His genuine concern for New Yorkers was obvious from the onset. He saved many, many lives, and you know this. He has worked tirelessly in this effort. My family and I continue to be thankful that he is doing his best.
Biden should send masks to everyone
Here’s an idea. President-elect Biden should have a mask designed, then send out the plans to five different companies that the government would pay on Jan. 21, 2021. He would be seeking 300-million-plus approved masks.
The Biden Administration would use the 2020 U.S. Census to contact households. Masks would be sent out to everyone free. Masks could be reordered if households need more or want replacements should the sizes were wrong or are somehow defective.
So everyone would know the masks are officially government sponsored, the masks would say: BEAT COVID-19. They would be washable, reusable and expected to last at least one year. Perhaps, the color could slowly fade as they were used and reused so people would track their efficacy.
To honor the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” they would be identifiable to all in one color: gold.
Who really knows the Creator’s intentions?
In an anti-choice letter on Nov. 23 (“Foolish to defy our Creator on abortion”) Joan M. Bellmer asks people in favor of a woman’s right to end her pregnancy, “Are you that foolish to fly in the face of the Creator, destroy what he has willed into being and tell him you have the right to do so?”
First, I would ask her if this admonition applies to a 13-year-old victim of rape or a woman whose health or life would be endangered by continuing a pregnancy.
Secondly I would ask her to reconsider her harsh words after reading this quote from the Torah: “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came out of Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” (Samuel 15:2-3)
She might reflect on Hosea 13:16: “Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword; their little ones shall be dashed to pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.”
Anthony J. Santo
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