What a great country we live in. There’s no better place in the world to pursue happiness. Happiness is always a work in progress. Be content where you are today — but always pursue.

Being a somewhat normal person I sometimes look back on my experiences in life. One particular time I lost a new rod and reel and immediately felt terrible. As my pity party started, I thought why me, and the why of it came to me.

There was a young man who was down on his luck, he had very little money and it was his son’s birthday. He came across this brand new rod and reel. Was it real? Did it happen? Could it happen? Of course. But regardless of what happen to the rod and reel my gratefulness and happiness soared.

Sometimes all you need to do is change the way you look at things. What’s so great about America and our way of government is that there’s opportunity and potential for everyone — and I do mean everyone; but as it was once said “opportunity often comes dressed in coveralls and looks like work.”

Most people realize all people are not the same. There are good and bad people. There are hard workers, and people who do as little as possible, if anything, and expect the same outcome.

It has been said many times and in many ways that if America is ever defeated it will come from within, and if you look with clear eyes you can see the threat.

• Weak borders and immigration laws allowing America to be overrun by people who don’t come to America to become Americans but to milk the system, wave their flags, and proclaim pride in a country they flee.

• Americans who don’t see the threat of illegal voting by illegal immigrants who sometimes pay “coyotes” hundreds, if not thousands, to enter America; do not think the cost of fake identification is out of their reach. We also have politicians who want to give them IDs; to me amazingly un-American.

• Electing Congress people who wave the flag of their country and are sworn in with their hand on the Koran, a book that identifies Christians as infidels who should be killed.

Don’t be discouraged. There are millions and millions of Americans with clear eyes and good hearts and they’re not afraid. They love their country and they will do their best to protect it with pure motivations and respect for the principles and precepts on which it was founded.

The only way America will ever be defeated is if we set back and let the victimizers and people who portray themselves as victims succeed by yielding to some misguided sense of tolerance for people who ironically have no tolerance.

George Grace lives in Santa Fe.

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Bailey Jones

The author may want to read the constitution, particularly Article VI, Clause 3.

Bailey Jones

The author might also wish to, as Thomas Jefferson did, actually read the Qur'an to learn what its about. The word "infidel" doesn't appear in it. Infidel is an ecclesiastical term from Christianity. The term used in the Qur'an is "kafir". It applies to all things that are unacceptable and offensive to God, in the most fundamental sense as "ingratitude", the willful refusal to acknowledge or appreciate the benefits that God bestows on humankind.

What the Qur'an does say is -

“And do not argue with the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) except in a way that is best, except for those who commit injustice among them, and say, "We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is one; and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him.”

[Al-Qur’an 29:46]

As in Christianity, attitudes in Islam regarding non-believers runs the gamut from complete acceptance among liberal Muslims to complete rejection among conservative fundamentalists. (As usual, conservative fundamentalists ruin everything.)

This is my understanding, based on conversations with my Muslims friends and my own reading of the Qur'an. Maybe an actual Muslim might want to weigh in.

Paula Flinn

Governing by Fear and Intolerance does not make sense. Most people coming here are doing it to flee violence in their countries and/or to make better lives for themselves and their families. Their children will be in schools learning English. Aren’t we capable of building more schools? Their parents will not vote unless they become citizens. They will take jobs others won’t do.
Fear and intolerance of Muslims is wrong and misplaced. We have freedom of religion in this country guaranteed in the Bill of Rights in the Constitution. FDR said, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” Leading our country by promoting fear and intolerance is wrong.
Perhaps if we allowed more people to immigrate legally every year, we wouldn’t have so many problems. The current Administration is making it more difficult to immigrate legally, than before.

George Croix

No, PF, the current Administration is insisting THAT immigration be legal, at least as much as they can, and trying to do what any sensible immigration policy in any country does, which is prioritize immigration on what it benefits the country, rather than a 'grab bag' where we end up with ever more dependents, and so many who do not care to assimilate. The task(s) is made near impossible with so many advocating for 'Come on in, and get some....'

Maybe we should stop killing our own citizens, rather than advocate for more imported ones....

Carlos Ponce

"Their children will be in schools learning English." - Paula Flinn
Not necessarily. Some attend madrasas in the United States.
"Madrasah Islamiah Masjid Noor or commonly known as Madrasah Islamiah is a premier well-known masjed (mosque) and Islamic school in Houston, Texas 6665 Bintliff, Houston, TX 77074. Madrasah Islamiah is also famous because of its largest HIFZUL QUR'AN School in Texas. Since its establishment it has produced 65 huffaz and has taught hundreds of kids to read and understand the Quran."
"There are two Qur'an Classes - Hifz and Nazarah - both for boys and girls.
Boys Hifz class starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 4:30 PM.
Girls Hifz class is from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Part-time Hifz class is from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.
Boys & Girls Nazarah class is from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Summer School (from June 8, 2009 to Aug 6, 2009) timings are from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM both, for Boys and Girls.
State law says children must attend school. Just like there are Christian schools and Jewish schools, there are Islamic schools.
As you can see, they are not taught Koran in English:
https://vimeo.com/groups/muslimfilmmakers/videos/2785682

George Croix

That gamut towards non-believers runs all the way to beheading.....[ban]

Anyway, It's not the 'conservative fundamentalists' in this country who are tossing others off campuses rather than allow free speech, and advocating for physical confrontation and open, even violent, aggression against any of differing view points.
Just a reminder, because you are sharp and already know that....[wink]

There's a BIG difference between opposing people due to their religion versus opposing taking in just anyone from a country(s) known to either harbor bad guys, or with no functioning system that allows determining who a person even is.
Even the last president thought so, which is why the current one used the last one's list of them...... [smile]

Lisa Gray

Thank you George, I could not have said it better myself. And to note the above comments. I am not a racist, sexist or hater of any kind. I believe in goodness, mercy and the law of the land. The writers of the Constitution knew exactly what they were writing to prevent our country from ever being conquered from the outside and even as have seen in the last couple of decades, from within. The fact that the congresswoman was allowed to be sworn in on a Koran, is wrong in my book. She is demonstrating NO ALLEGIANCE to our sovereign country. In regards to Islam, Thomas Jefferson quoted, " We took the liberty to make some inquiries concerning the grounds of their pretentious to make war upon a Nation that had done them no injury and observed that we considered all Mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong nor had given us any provocation". The Tunisian ambassador whom they were with answered with "It is founded upon the laws of our prophet, that it is written in the Koran, that all Nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were SINNERS, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, that every musselman (muslim) who should be slain in battle was sure to go to paradise.
This is why I object to a congresswoman being sworn in on a Koran among other things going on in our land today.

Jim Forsythe

New members of Congress are not required to take their oaths on the Bible or any other religious text. In fact, they need not swear on anything at all. Tlaib and Omar used the Qurans at individual, ceremonial swearings-in at the House speaker's office after the official, en masse swearing-in on the House floor.
The Qurans used belonged to Thomas Jefferson.
Would you have been happier if Tlaib and Omar had not used any Book.
Would a Jewish Tanach be OK with you? Or does it have to be a King James?
The choice of what Religious book a person chooses, is up that person.
To use any other book than what their religion uses, is not being true to their faith.
To expect Tilaib and Omar to use a Bible instead of a Quran is the same as expecting a Quran to be used by someone that does not believe in it's teachings.
What would have been gained it they had used a Bible instead of Quran, except making none believers of their religion, feel better

Carlos Ponce

"Tlaib and Omar used the Qurans at individual, ceremonial swearings-in at the House speaker's office after the official, en masse swearing-in on the House floor.The Qurans used belonged to Thomas Jefferson."
Not true, Jim.
"WASHINGTON – Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, was sworn into Congress with the rest of her class, but at her ceremonial swearing-in, she decided against using Thomas Jefferson's copy of the Koran.
"I'm going to use my own," said Tlaib, who becomes the first Palestinian-American woman and one of the first two Muslim women, along with Minnesota's Ilhan Omar, to be sworn into Congress. She spoke just before heading into the ceremonial swearing-in with new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/03/rashida-tlaib-koran-muslim-congresswoman/2473004002/
"Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) revealed Saturday that she swore in as a member of the House of Representatives on her personal Quran, rather than the historic copy owned by Thomas Jefferson, as news reports previously indicated."
"I used my own personal Quran that my best friend of 25 years gifted me to use for the ceremonial swear in (basically a photo with Speaker Pelosi)," Tlaib wrote.
https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/424033-tlaib-corrects-news-reports-says-she-swore-in-on-personal-quran

Dan Freeman

Ms Gray apparently is unaware the U.S. Constitution Article 6. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the
several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of
the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or
Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be
required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United
States.

David Hardee

There can be no logical argument with any item in this article.

It is unfortunate that the commentor takes objection the word koran being used. The article in no way denigrates a koran itself. The words of the koran are not the issue. The issue is that people that construct uses of the koran to justify and achieve their goals. There's no one doubt that insisting on taking the oath of office on the koran is an act of defiance to the traditional culture. That act of defiance illustrates the intent of non assimilation. Additionally that person's action of breaking tradition signifies they will pursue further rejection to simulate. Use of Jefferson in support of the contention that koran was a positive and acceptable item to influence American Society is absurd. But commentator needs to analyze jefferson's action relative to the koran and the inhabitants of Tripoli.

Paula Flinn

It would be logical for a Muslim to take the oath of office on the Koran, after all, the Bible is not their religious book of beliefs. That you consider it an act of defiance is troubling. That you consider it “non-assimilation” is wrong. Nowhere in the Constitution is mentioned “assimilation of religion,” and you know that. Breaking tradition in one instance, which seems logical, and doesn’t hurt anyone else, doesn’t “signify they will pursue further rejection to simulate.” Forcing Muslims to follow Christian traditions is absurd. Separation of Church and State and Freedom of Religion in the Bill of Rights are traditions also. Fear of different people with different peaceful and acceptable traditions is absurd.
People waiting to immigrate to the US should be vetted. No one I know wants open borders. People from countries south of us wait a long time to come legally. Maybe this Administration could speed things up so that the people do not have to wait for years and years to enter legally.

Gary Miller

Paula. The Bill of Rights does indeed offer freedom of Religion but does not offer any seperation of church and state.

George Croix

wasting your time, Gar.
The widely institutionalized 'separation of church and state' is, though BS, too ingrained in the talking points of the politically correct....without it, if people actually read the Constitution rather than be told what to think, a lot of the dogma becomes just dog....stuff....
No money or hay to be made by 'rights groups' and 'protesters' if that happens.....

George Croix

Gar?

Gary.....

NOT close enough

Paula Flinn

I know that, Gary. I should have put the two terms in separate sentences for you. Separation of Church and State is an important tradition, though. It means your children and grandchildren do not have to listen to a Muslim, Hindu, or Catholic prayer in the public school classroom.

Carlos Ponce

Paula, in 6th grade World Geography (which I taught one year) students were allowed to talk and contribute information about their religions. We had no Jewish students so I wore a kippah (aka yarmulke) and a prayer shawl when teaching about the Jewish faith. Students were also introduced to religions not represented in their class. No indoctrination, just education.
Texas TEKS:
The student is expected to:(A) explain the relationship among religious ideas, philosophical ideas, and cultures; and (B) explain the significance of religious holidays and observances such as Christmas, and Easter, Ramadan, the annual hajj, and Yom Kippur, and Rosh Hashanah, Diwali, and Vaisakhi in selected various contemporary societies.

Carlos Ponce

Don't know how that frown got in there. I didn't even open the emoticon box. Must be computer gremlins.

Paula Flinn

I, too, taught World History, but in high school. We teach ABOUT different religions, but do not PROMOTE one religion over the others. We do not proselytize.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, just like not all Christians agree to what the Bible says, not all members of Islam interpret the Koran the same. Most would believe as you have posted but others would believe as George Grace has written and others somewhere in between.
Take the word "jihad". merriam-webster.com defines it as
1 : a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty also : a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline
2 : a crusade for a principle or belief
Meaning depends on who is using it.

George Croix

They can all take the oath of office by sticking their thumb in their mouth for all I care, as long as they PRODUCE. That would beat where too many of them stick their thumb....
Anyone with eyes has seen that a hand on a Bible or anything else means ZERO to waaay too many people, all around, who 'take an oath' then can't seem to remember what they took about 15 seconds later.......
KEEP YOUR WORD should be the goal, not item 34 on a wish list of 35.....
If you can't because you tried and lost, that's one thing.
If you WON'T because you pandered and went-along-to-get-along when you shouldn't have, then go try another hobby besides musical election chairs......
Please.

Thanks......

Allison Buchtien

Excellent comment! As a reminder the current occupant of the white house took the oath on a Bible. It would have meant the same thing if it was a comic book.

Carlos Ponce

At least Trump values the lives of the babies killed through abortion as opposed those who think a baby can be killed in the third trimester.

Paula Flinn

Are you sure?

Carlos Ponce

Yes, 100% certain.
From the State of the Union 2019
"To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb. Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children -- born and unborn -- are made in the holy image of God."

George Croix

With the current economy and record low unemployment as a result, and would have worked as well with a comic book, I've got a bag full of old Marvels I'll gladly donate to future Presidents......they can select the superhero, other than themselves, of choice....
[beam][beam][beam]

Jarvis Buckley

I appreciate Mr. Graces comments.
Watching the State of the Union address by our President , looking out at the liberal socialist Democrats
I felt so uncomfortable. Their expressions appeared to me like they would love to round all conservatives up put us on trains , confiscate all our possessions . Then ship us off to who knows where & do away with all of us. Feels like Deja Vue all over again. In the words of John Fogerty.

George Croix

You did notice, of course, that the 'Women in White' refused to stand, much less clap, for anything, INCLUDING record setting unemployment and people no longer on food stamps and mega jobs creation and opposition to infanticide, and......
Refused to credit, except when mention was made of record high women's employment, and record number of women in public office.
THEN, these characters were up and cheering.......
Well, hoooray for their self-important, screw the country as a whole 'resistance' to reality......

Jim Forsythe

If you expected the Women in White to stand, did you expect the Democratic men to stand on Trumps campaign points to get reelected ? I have no idea if the men stood or not,but I do know that a few of the Democrats’ male colleagues joined them in white. Rep. Dean Phillips, a newly elected Democrat from Minnesota, wore a white jacket, as did Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill. Many other men wore white ribbons of support.
Democratic congresswomen created a sea of the color, ensuring that neither President Trump nor the viewing public could overlook their message. They dressed elegantly in Suffragette white to celebrate 100 years of women having the right to vote.
Tiffany Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter, turned heads for wearing white at the night’s State of the Union address — seemingly showing solidarity with the dozens of female Democratic House Representatives who donned the suffragette color.
I’m not sure what pissed Trump off more, his daughter wearing white or every Woman Democrat in the audience breaking out in a USA chant.
This year, Melania Trump Wore One Glove (left hand) to the State of the Union, and at last years State of the Union, Melania wore white.

Carlos Ponce

"seemingly showing solidarity with the dozens of female Democratic House Representatives who donned the suffragette color"
Nothing wrong with the use of suffragette white. It was not a Democrat thing. It was not partisan. It was to honor the Suffrage Movement - giving women the right to vote. Congress submitted the 19th Amendment on June 4, 1919 - almost one hundred years ago to the states for ratification. It was ratified August 18, 1920. But the first "Anthony Amendment" was introduced in the Senate by Republican Senator Aaron A. Sargent of California in 1878. When finally submitted to the states Republicans held majorities in both the House (240-192) and Senate (50-46) . It had failed the year before (1918) for lack of two Senate votes in a predominate Democrat Senate. The 19th Amendment was ratified by Texas on June 28, 1919.
19th Amendment:
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
"I’m not sure what pissed Trump off more, his daughter wearing white or every Woman Democrat in the audience breaking out in a USA chant."
Looking at the video, President Trump was encouraged by the chant and I doubt if he was "pissed off" by his daughter wearing white. She looked good in white.
“Memo to Democrats: You don’t own the votes of all women and you don’t own wearing the color white!” [Kimberly] Guilfoyle tweeted Thursday afternoon, two days after the address in the House of Representatives.
Guilfoyle added, “@realDonaldTrump is fighting everyday to advance the interests of women across the country and I’m proud to stand with him,” and included the hashtag #WGDP for the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative that was announced that day.
Note Kimberly Guilfoyle is Donald Trump Jr,'s girlfriend and a former FOX host.

George Croix

Jim, it's one thing to show support for an ideal or cause...that transcends Paety lines.
While quite another to be a bunch of self-absorbed 'resistors' pretending to be advocates for women...as long as they are liberal women, that is.....BUT, not even that, as where is the Congressional women's hue and cry for the women that have corroborated evidence and witnesses to their actual sexual abuse by the current Lt. Gov. of Virginia?
Where are the throngs protesting? Where are the confrontations in the halls of Congress?
A bunch of phonies only interested in.....themselves............

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, anyone that wants to wear white, can. If the House and Senate all would, I think it would be great. Nothing is stopping the Republican women from wearing white, as they should also think about what happened 100 years ago.
The year is not over, so they may still do so. Instead of Guilfoyle complaining about what the women in white did, she should join them by wearing white.
If the women in white moment had happen in 1990, a total of 16 Democrat women would have wore white.The Republican women numbered 13 in that year. In 2019 the number of Democrat women number is 89 and the Republican women number 13, the same number as 1990. This is part of what they were celebrating was the increase in numbers the other night, plus the were giving homage to the women of the past.
I did not hear anyone yell You lie this year, which is good.

Carlos Ponce

Jim posts: " Instead of Guilfoyle complaining about what the women in white did, she should join them by wearing white."
Jim, heads up! Kimberly Guilfoyle WORE WHITE at the State of the Union.
"Kimberly Guilfoyle Explains Her and Tiffany Trump Wearing White to SOTU, Tells Democrats ‘You Don’t Own’ the Color' "
https://www.newsweek.com/kimberly-guilfoyle-tiffany-trump-white-sotu-1323037

Carlos Ponce

Jim posts: "I did not hear anyone yell You lie this year, which is good."
Because Trump did not lie, DUH!

Jim Forsythe

The reason I did not know Guilfoyle wore white, is because I did not know what she looked like until I just looked her up, and did not remember seeing her that night.. It's nice that Guilfoyle and Trump wore white to help with the celebration of the 100 years of woman's vote.
"Trump did not lie" It is OK with you for anyone to yell at a President at The State Of The Union anytime they think he is not telling the truth? It was not OK in 2009, and it is not OK now, or anytime in the future.
This is two examples of Trump lies.
Trump said: "The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime, one of the highest in the entire country, and considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities. Now, immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country." Not true
Violent crime has been dropping in El Paso since its modern-day peak in 1993 and was at historic lows before a fence was authorized by Congress in 2006. Violent crime actually ticked up during the border fence's construction and after its completion, according to police data collected by the FBI.

"The next major priority for me and for all of us should be to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs and to protect patients with pre-existing conditions. " Not true, Trump is trying to do away with pre-existing medical conditions!
The president frequently says he wants to protect health care coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Those protections are among the most popular features of the Affordable Care Act. However, Trump’s Justice Department last year chose not to defend the ACA against a legal challenge to it by a group of state attorneys general. That lawsuit specifically argued that the law’s pre-existing-condition protections are unconstitutional. In December, a Texas judge agreed with that argument and struck down the ACA as a whole, including those pre-existing-condition protections.

Carlos Ponce

"AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday told President Donald Trump that the border fence in El Paso helped drastically reduce the city's crime rate and shows why a wall along the nation's southern border would be effective.
Paxton did not offer statistics to support his claim or specify which iteration of El Paso's border fence he was referring to, although he did reference border barriers erected under former President George W. Bush.
'El Paso used to have one of the highest crime rates in America,' Paxton said. 'After that fence went up and separated Juarez, which still has an extremely high crime rate, the crime rates in El Paso now are some of the lowest in the country. So we know it works.'
And the Liberal say "From 2006 to 2011 — two years before the fence was built to two years after — the violent crime rate in El Paso increased by 17 percent. "
So do you include the years BEFORE the barrier was finished in the middle of 2009? Misleading, don't you think?
Looking at the overall crime rate, Paxton is right, Trump is right, Liberals mislead by only considering certain "violent crimes".

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, is 1993 far enough back?
The violent crime rate decreased up to the time the barrier construction started on the barrier between El Paso and Juarez . Going from 6,109 incidents in 1993 to 2,574 in 2007 After the barrier started the rate went up. To say it went down is a lie!
Construction on the barrier between El Paso and Juarez began in 2008 under President George W. Bush and was completed in 2009. UCR data drawn from the El Paso Police Department shows that violent crime, already trending downward, continued to drop fairly consistently in the five years leading up to fence construction, from a high of 6,109 incidents in 1993 to an all-time low in 2006 of 2,422:
In 2007 the rate was 2,574, (wall started and rate is going up) in 2008 rate 2,825, (wall completed) 2009 rate 2,830, 2010 rate 2,861, 2011 rate 2858, 2012 rate 2,859.
Source: Uniform Crime Report.

Carlos Ponce

Jim doesn't get it. It really doesn't matter how far back you go when you hand pick what is considered a crime.

Jim Forsythe

What crime rate are you talking about. What I gave you were the violent crime rates.
How are these rates hand picked on what is considered a crime?
You said that the rates were not going back far enough, so I gave you back to 1993.
Now you say that the rate is hand picked, but neglected to say what rate you are looking for.
I did not think that Trump was talking about Jaywalking. Now I'm not sure.

Carlos Ponce

Okay, Jim, what do you mean by "violent crime"? They purportedly used the FBI's definition of just four crime categories as "violent" but there are far more crimes as reported by Attorney General Ken Paxton and President Trump. They include murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. And that's all. Not included among other offenses are drug crimes. The FBI says these are "non-violent" but when you see the thousands of bodies killed by these drugs smuggled into the United States from Mexico even Jim would say, "there's a problem". For a more complete list of "non-violent" felonies see:
https://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/what-are-non-violent-felonies.html
The wall was completed in El Paso sometime in 2009
Violent crime rate in 2008 was 249.6
2009 246.3
2010 244.7
2011 235.6
2012 230.3
2013 200.7
More dramatic is the "property crime" rate:
2008 256.7
2009 228.5
2010 211.2
2011 187.1
2012 179.2
2013 165.2

Emile Pope

What you mean are those uninformed individuals who allow their fear and ignorance to dominate their lives. That’s what happens when you are too lazy to learn the facts...

George Croix

No, Pope, I was talking about the 'Women in White', not you.........
Even with my lousy spelling, that should have been apparent to anyone 8 years old or more.....
No sense beating yourself up like that...doing better would take work...a lot of it....but I'm confident you can succeed eventually...

Emile Pope

Eight year olds can spell...

Carlos Ponce

Eight year olds can spell words in an eight year old's vocabulary. We ALL make mistakes in spelling - even newspaper writers and editors. Why hate?

George Croix

I can spell, Pope, I simply don't consider anyone on the other end of a small time blog important enough for me to worry about it.....especially the ones who it doesn't matter to anyway.....

Jarvis Buckley

It's all about hate Carlos , hat our President, hate capitalism . Hate blue eyed , white haired old men.

Jarvis Buckley

At the State of union I haven't seen that many democrats dressed in white since they started the KKK.

David Hardee

Specific retort to Paula Finn.
I wait with eagerness your disputing the following:
A review of the history of nations and societies that embrace Communism, Dictatorships, Socialism and Theocracy proves they all cease to exist within a short period and leave a trail of devastated societies with people clamoring to gain residence in the USA.
Preservation of and progress built on the original traditions/culture (Judeo/new testament-Christian teachings, Western European culture and Greco-Roman styled governance) tenets is that which produced what has been widely acclaimed as “the greatest hope for humanity.”
Illogical is to cast out that which was proven successful in a hope that the new and/or revisions will be as successful. The progressive liberals experiment has for 60 years under the Great Society legislation that expanded the Federal government tentacles to a control over the Health, Education and Welfare purgatives of the individual. That experiment has reaped havoc on the quality of education, put the health insurance programs into the hands of the Federal government and replace charity and benevolence with entitlements that are controlled by bureaucrats.
The American original traditions and culture are the fundamentals that sustained and improved society for the entire 457 years since Plymouth Rock even considering floundering, failures and atrocities. Those traditions are what continually stimulated “we the people” toward improving America.

Emile Pope

Is there any proof to support your claim?

Paula Flinn

Well, Emile, we both know enough US History to know that pure capitalism led to “the Gilded Age,” when the disparity between the rich and poor was the greatest. We know, too, that without Democrats, there would be no Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. There would have been no Labor Unions or Civil Rights Legislation. People are so afraid of a Health Plan for all, that they use scare tactics and call it a “Socislist” program. If people still pay for medical services and their medicine on a sliding scale, what is wrong with that? They still do not see the difference between what Sen. Bernie Sanders wanted (“Democratic Socialism”) and a totally “Socialist” nation. A single-payer Healthcare Plan would be no more “socialist” than Medicare is. So many people are afraid of the word, people who have belonged to labor unions, been on Medicaid inbetween jobs, and now are on Medicare and collect Social Security or some other form of retirement—all socialist programs.

Carlos Ponce

" There would have been no Labor Unions or Civil Rights Legislation."
Paula, you were alive when the Civil Rights Act was passed so you KNOW it could not have been passed without Republican votes.
You weren't alive when Emancipation occurred but that was done by a Republican president.
To glorify the socialism promoted by Bernie is ridiculous. Socialism is not good.
Study history - real history. Remember the translation for NAZI - National Socialists. Remember USSR (The Soviet Union) stood for Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
"We'll get it right this time," claim American Socialists. BULLSTUFF!
Vladimir Lenin said "The goal of socialism is communism."

Paula Flinn

1964 Civil Rights Act. Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson was President. Yes, Republicans and Democrats voted for it. Without Pres. Johnson it would not have been passed.
Still don’t want everyone to have healthcare or pay less for medicine. Meds are cheaper from Canada Australia, and Mexico, and almost everywhere else. The Republicans could not put together a workable plan without denying people with pre-existing conditions. I would vote for Medicare for all.

George Croix

NO CIVIL RIGHTS ACT!!
Is that an example of ‘knowing’Americanhistory??
Try again...
A greater percentage of Republicans voted FOR it than the Dems did. Even Mr. Denial can’t rewrite history to change that
And SS exists now as box of promises to pay rather than a self-sustaining trust because WHICH majority Party for a few decades used the actual money for other purposes?
Anybody?
Anybody?
Knowing history means ACTUAL events not the ginned up leftist talking points aimed at a base...base....

Paula Flinn

Well I know Reagan did, but I also know Dems did too.

George Croix

ps:
Democratic socialism is a made up term to get the usual suspects to believe that there really is a difference between robbing Peter to give away to Paul in this country versus everywhere else the same stuff is slung around. C’mon...a teacher cannot possibly believe the revisionist line, can they....
If so teaching evolves into indoctrination.
Very 1984....
Medicare! A great idea for CITIZENS who really need it because they really can’t support themselves but not so much for people who worked decades for gold plated care then get dumped to Medicare at 65.
Imo, as always....
The scammers and frauds help a lot, too, like they do in all government run programs

Paula Flinn

I am so happy you can afford 4 days in the hospital that charged my Medicare Advantage Plan $76,000. I paid my deductible and ER fee and using the hospital services fee. Came to about $1,000 for me to pay. Cannot complain. Had great treatment.

George Croix

pss:
As long as we keep killing our own citizens to be for convenience SS and all other things that depend on a pyramid support structure will remain in jeopardy as a long term entity.
The usual suspects see no conflict there....
Same old same old....

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