Minority rule is eroding democracy
Do you think it would be possible that we are headed to minority rule in America? Ha! Trick question, because we are already there.
The definition of a democracy is social equality and majority rule but look at this.
In state after state, Republicans have gerrymandered themselves into a majority of seats. For example, in North Carolina, a state where party registration is essentially equal, the legislature just gave Republicans a 10 to 4 advantage in redistricted voting maps. In Ohio, Republicans won about 55% of the vote but are poised to win 12 of the 15 legislative seats, again with newly gerrymandered maps.
In the Senate there is a 50:50 split of senators, but the Democrats represent 62% of the national population, while the Republicans represent only 38%, according to census data.
In the Supreme Court, we see that the conservative Republican justices at the center of so many recent headlines make up a majority appointed by a minority.
Republican presidents who were elected without a majority of the national vote appointed all five of those justices, and Republican senators who represent a minority of the population confirmed them.
But we still call ourselves a democracy. If this trend toward minority rule continues, how long can we remain a democracy and not end up as an autocratic state where a small minority of powerful men dictate how the rest of us live? Remember, in a democracy the majority rules; in a dictatorship the majority is ruled.
Grateful for those for refuting the lies
Thank you, Fred Como, Tom Williams, Joanna DeSilva, Vince Dacquisto, Robert K. Corliss, Victor Roberts and others for your rebuttal letters refuting the less than truthful letters disparaging Biden and liberal ideals. You are the sorely needed fact checkers.
Please keep writing because the truth is needed now more than ever.
St. Clare’s story must be kept alive
Sadly, one more St. Clare’s retiree has passed away and will not receive what is due to her.
My mother, Sandra Huening, was a St. Clare’s RN for 20 years and saw her pension diminished as a result of the debacle. Granted she was one of the lucky ones since she was old enough to retain the majority of her pension and didn’t encounter the hardships the younger ones are enduring, but shame on all involved who haven’t taken accountability.
I am thankful to the folks who continue to keep this story alive, as it is an important one.
It is incredulous how these retirees have been treated.
Putin victimized by U.S. propaganda
Americans are forever taught that Russians receive only propaganda. But Americans get blanketed with lies and twisted spin to convince us that during every conflict, U.S. policymakers are good guys battling evil.
For example, U.S. “experts” proclaim that President Putin, in his July 2021 essay, “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians,” reveals his vision for empire and refuses to recognize Ukraine’s sovereignty and borders.
These experts are false. I have read the essay, and nowhere does Putin suggest desires for empire or conquest of Ukraine.
He writes in despair of the hatred towards Russia and towards ethnically-Russian Ukrainians that’s generated by Ukraine’s post-coup government.
Putin writes of Russia’s and Ukraine’s historical and cultural unity. By “unity,” he doesn’t mean that they’ll become politically merged. He specifically describes the relationship between the United States and Canada as the type of relationship Russia seeks with Ukraine.
Putin writes with alarm regarding neo-Nazi Ukrainian violence and the danger that Ukraine’s government represents Westerners seeking to use Ukraine for personal profit. His concerns are valid.
U.S. commentators’ failure to accurately represent Putin’s words is irresponsible and deceitful. Had they truthfully communicated and addressed his fears, we could have avoided catastrophe.
U.S. propaganda only serves to justify weapon shipments and economic war against Russia, which were likely the ulterior motives of the U.S. policymaker-businessman-banker circle from the start.
In 1998, National Security Adviser Brzezinski admitted that the United States deliberately baited the USSR to invade Afghanistan in 1979. Beware: the same has likely transpired again.
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