Letters for October 19, 2017

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Democrats did more for Civil Rights

Bob Wilson, I take exception to some of the things you spew forth in your letters to the editor.

Bob, you are a obviously a fervent and devout follower of the Republican Party and President Trump as evidenced by your frequent letters to the editor.  You are definitely one of the people described by Trump when he said before he was elected that he could shoot somebody and not lose votes. You seem to believe that everything that Trump and the Republican party does is just absolutely the best thing in the world and everything else is burnt toast.

I agree with you that there are veterans that are upset with the NFL protests.  I am politically a moderate and see both side of the issue not just one side.  Personally I think the political parties have gone to extremes with Democrats too liberal in many instances and the Republicans too conservative.

The end of the Civil War in 1865 brought three constitutional amendments which abolished slavery, made former slaves citizens of the United States, and gave all men the right to vote, regardless of race. However, measures such as literacy tests and poll taxes were used by many states to continue the disenfranchisement of African-Americans and Jim Crow laws helped those same states to enforce segregation and condone race-based violence from groups like the Ku Klux Klan.  With the Jim Crow laws blacks were not much better off than they were as slaves. However, people today conveniently forget that not all slaves were owned by whites, some were owned by wealthy blacks.

In 1954, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483, was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional.

Many years passed with minimal action taken to enforce civil rights. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy decided it was time to act, proposing the most sweeping civil rights legislation to date. A Democrat president Bob, not a Republican.

“This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” — President John F. Kennedy, 1963

On June 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, which was the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. The Act prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, in public places, provided for the integration of schools and other public facilities, and made employment discrimination illegal. There was work by both Democrats and Republicans on the admendment to the constitution, but it took a Democrat president to sign it and make it law.

“Let this session of Congress be known as the session which did more for civil rights than the last hundred sessions combined.” — President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address. There was work by both parties on the drawing up of the admendment, but the Republicans’ was the most conservative and its party was the most reluctant to see its passage.

On June 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, which was the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. The Act prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, in public places, provided for the integration of schools and other public facilities, and made employment discrimination illegal.

Congress expanded the act in subsequent years, passing additional legislation in order to move toward more equality for African-Americans, including the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

As for rooting for Betsy Devos to clean out the union-controlled educational swamp, sure Bob, she’s a billionaire who cares so much for the common student in our education system.  She never attended a public school in her life which makes her experience and empathy with the public school system in the U.S. very questionable.  While I agree that many unions over the years were corrupted by different sources including the mafia, they at least gave the common worker some bargaining power and better working conditions.  I don’t believe one bit that Devos is the answer to our education problems.

Check your history of the very wealthy industry owners from the Industrial Revolution before unions were created and you will see how they were making employees work longer and longer hours for less money.  The owners also intimidated workers into voting for their politcal candidate or face some very serious retributions.  The owners wanted, and got in many cases, total control over both the employees work and personal lives.

As for blacks commiting most of the crimes in the U.S. I agree with you there, the statistics speak for themselves.  I belive you could give some of the blacks enough funds to get their way out of the ghettos and they would still waste the money and continue to complain. There seems to be no easy answer to getting the majority of them a decent education and have them work their way up the social ladder.

In closing, Bob, I believe if our society were left to people like you with your ideologies we would be left without discovery of scientific breakthroughs such as medicines, live in a highly controlled environment like Nazi Germany and be constantly stifled in personal and religious freedoms.

 

Robert Wilson — Franklin, N.C.

Something is amiss in hearts and minds

There’s something amiss in the country that I love. There seems that any identity to our past is looked upon with suspicion and we need a more generic worldview or global inclusion, where we look upon a new era, starting afresh, the encumberments of the past are gone, a new day is coming. Beliefs, values, morality are all inclusive, there’s no boundaries, life is unfettered from the narrow mindedness of the past.

If you want to take the knee to our flag while anthem is sung, you have a right to do so. If you want to slander and disrupt just about everything, you have a right to do so, from the president, the college campus, to our city streets, even within our families, we want to express this pent up anger and seek the freedom we think will release this turmoil from within.

This view seems a higher calling in which to follow. Many elected officials, people of prominence, college professors, many encourage this hate and outrage. We take their cue and follow what seems is our personal right. Rebellion is in vogue, and if we believe in nothing but self, we rebel in everything. But worse, if we believe in everything there’s nothing in self worth fighting for. We are a wandering people, we think of little except self. We’ve lost our way, we lack internal reasoning and direction. We’ve knocked down fences without asking why they were there in the first place. We say life is the greatest value, but live our lives in disrespect of others, … even celebrating death.

What hope do you give your children? What values do you place in them? Or are values left for them to define, because you’re lacking in values yourself? Do we just encourage them to learn more so they financially make more to satisfy a never ending quest for more? Is there anything worth hoping for that makes sense out of life than this never-ending madness we revolve around. This fence is in place for humanity’s sake and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Unbridled freedom is not freedom at all but chaos, both for a society and deep within the individual, which is so evident. The family unit is more influential than any other system on earth, and should instill respect, dignity, trust, honesty, integrity, thoughtfulness, all within a love for family, friends and the one who is the essence or embodiment of it all, God, the one we seek the least.

History is littered with past hopes of trying to find its way. There’s a hope in science, world systems, even religion, all hope that someday we can save ourselves in some distant future.  What good is this for the present? How cruel and hopeless. Deep inside we know and search for something more, not so much for the future, but for the now. God is forevermore and the never ending now.

“Now is the time” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

 

Deni Shepard — Franklin, N.C.

Hatred and division running rampant

Frankly, this is a time when it’s almost embarrassing to be a human in America.

We have a president who has earned his wealth the honest way and cannot be bribed yet the small and petty have come out of the woodwork to destroy him.

Probably worse yet, we have people who are quite willing to join in the frenzy which reminds me of the old Roman Colosseum when the crowd would cheer when a gladiator was killed.

The killing continues in a frenzy led by elites who are bent on destroying our American values as a nation.

Even sadder is that the gullible follow in a thoughtless mindset.

Although I had some reservations about President Obama, he was my president and I felt loyalty to that office because of my military experience.

Looking back, however, I can’t really see that he accomplished much save for Obamacare.

The rest just involved lots of restrictive regulations that kept the country from growing and tons of illegal immigrants arriving here to use up our resources.

About all I can say about Obama is that he is a wonderful and persuasive speaker.

Now, Obama’s wife, Michelle, is running about making speeches claiming that all Republicans are racists and sexists.

Both are intent on spreading hatred and division amongst us.

President Trump has been left with a critical situation in North Korea because no action had been taken for the past 25 years by other presidents.

Now, he is faced with the destruction wrought by major hurricanes that are going to cost billions.

He is also faced with disrupting a political move by the Socialists who had planned to take over the country and convert us to Socialism ala Bernie Sanders and others of his ilk.  Hillary Clinton was expected to finish the conversion and bring Socialism to America.

Socialism sees people as numbers and not as individuals while the political elite decide what we will or will not be allowed to do. It ain’t pretty folks.

Everywhere I look, holier than thou celebrities are calling the deplorable working class racists and any slanderous name they can come up with. Today, it’s the folks who love country western music that are to blame for supporting President Trump.  One celeb even went so far as to say those folks who died in Las Vegas deserved it because they voted for Trump.

The aim is to divide us and tear us apart and they can do it if we follow them blindly.

President Trump is working to bring America out of the economic doldrums.  His economic plans are exactly the opposite of Socialism and is why the hatred and vitriol from the Socialists side.  They lost, America won, so don’t be tricked into being part of the attempt to divide us. Don’t let the high and mighty tear us apart.

 

Bob Wilson — Franklin, N.C.

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