Letters to the Editor for July 7


Letters to the Editors

Constitution is fine just the way it is 

In response to the letter which appeared in The Macon County News on 6/23/16, “U.S. Constitution needs to be brought up to date,” do you really want to go head to head with our Founding Fathers, some of the most brilliant minds to come down the road since the prophets of the Almighty? Our Constitution is fine just the way it is and the only thing lacking by many, especially politicians, is adherence to that most sacred document, to the letter.

You went on to say semi-autos are strictly for killing, not hunting. Last time I checked, the hunted wind up dead. Also, fact is police arrive at the seen of a crime after the damage is done more than 95 percent of the time, so it’s basically up to law abiding permit holders to stop the carnage if any are present.

Pertaining to buying a gun, you said no ID required, not true. You must have proper identification and pass a background check to buy any gun. This being the season for misinformation as the campaign heats up, I’m sure there will be enough to go around.

Duke De Luca, Otto, NRA life member

Political machine bigger than Trump 

I don’t pretend to be a psychologist but some human traits shine through so strongly it’s impossible to miss.

Humans are always looking for a hero to come along and rescue them.

Consider people in Argentina actually believe their deceased dictator Evita Peron is a saint and pray to her.

In collapsed and starving Venezuela some people are now praying to their deceased dictator, Hugo Chavez.

Unwittingly, we have the same problem in our political system because we keep anointing people to lead us, hoping they too will solve our problems and make life easier. In turn, this leads us to a political machine difficult to root out and impossible for the people to control. All too often we are willing to overlook dishonesty in a candidate in return for more goodies.

Even now, we see the media, Obama, Biden, Warren and probably Sanders working to defeat Donald Trump, the outsider they fear will break up their political cabal and bring some reason and common sense to Washington. Note that Obama is campaigning for Hillary at taxpayer’s expense.

All Hillary has to do right now is to give everyone a big smile, a pat on the head and promise more goodies.

What they fail to understand is that it’s all about power and money.

Obama was a classic case of someone who is a great orator and could sell air conditioning to Eskimos. With no real qualifications, Obama charmed the  public.

Now we have Elizabeth Warren entering the picture blathering Obama’s mantra that Henry Ford and his employees didn’t build Ford Motor Company, the government did. Bill Gates and his employees didn’t build Microsoft, the government did.

With only a cushy job as a law professor and now a politician, one must wonder if she has any real qualifications. Knowing how to file a lawsuit doesn’t qualify someone as an expert on economics or leadership.

Something seems to happen to people who are elected and move to Washington, something that permeates their very soul and it’s not good.  In the crudest term, they are quickly overcome with a sense of privilege and power few of us have.

I predict that Hillary Clinton will easily beat Donald Trump in the election for the simple reason that she has the backing of the political machine, federal workers, unions, the powerful Washington elite along with groups looking for more goodies.

With such a huge political machine, Obama, both Clintons, Sanders, Warren and lots of money working against him, it may be all but impossible for Trump to break through.  The machine outnumbers him.

Over 2,000 years ago, Plato predicted that the non-productive would take that which the productive people have earned.  Hillary is fully aware of that as she turns us to Socialism where everyone is equally poor except for the political class.

Unless something changes and Trump becomes a great orator, America will not know that things could have been much better had he become president. Unlike politicians, Trump learned from his failures and knows how to make things work.

Government, in the meantime, continues to spin its wheels and repeat the same mistakes over and over. What suckers we be.

Bob Wilson — Franklin, N.C.

Voters have no real choice in November 

The right-wing emailing uncle (RWEU) has become a scourge on the political landscape of our country.

For those privileged few who do not have a RWEU in their family, let me explain. A RWEU is a family member (or friend) who fires off political emails about various conspiracy theories, plots, or schemes concocted by some “leftist” who wants to overtake our country with political correctness, universal health care, or gluten-free bread. Most RWEUs suffer from an acute case of Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS), whereby every negative political or non-political event in their lives – from an increase in the price of gas to an insidious case of kidney stones – is blamed on President Obama. A RWEU is a compulsive watcher of Fox News, listener of Limbaugh, Beck, and Savage, and visitor to Breitbart.com and The Drudge Report. But, perhaps most significantly, a RWEU has an underdeveloped critical faculty that leaves him or her incapable of processing information with discrimination or discernment.

Though I kid, the “RWEU phenomenon” is no laughing matter. He is capable of mass deception in our culture, which is completely saturated with anti-intellectualism. We are, simply put, undereducated in this country. We do not possess the requisite background information and knowledge to judge whether or not the Saul Alinsky “How To Create a Socialist State” email from uncle Bob is true or false (hint: it’s false). And some of us want to believe it. This makes for a dangerous situation given the current social and economic climate. Ignorance and anger are converging, mostly on the right but also on the left, to create a political maelstrom.

The widespread lack of political knowledge combined with (the legitimate though misguided) anger on the right has led the Republican Party to nominate a fascist strongman candidate who is bereft of substance, knowledge, or character. They have, alas, nominated a serial tweeting RWEU!

So who’s to blame for this rampant petri dish of political ignorance that created the fertile ground for a thriving RWEU to overtake a major political party in our country? Our education system and media are the obvious culprits. And these institutions are certainly to blame. But the more salient question is why have they failed? Both institutions, and our government as a whole, have been dominated by a corporatist, neoliberal agenda for over 30 years. Privatization, deregulation, financialization, globalization, the marketization of all spheres of life, military spending, and tax cuts for large corporations and the wealthy have had two overarching effects: economically, the working (i.e., poor and middle) classes have been squeezed; politically, the spectrum has shifted dramatically to the right.

In our current corporatist state, there is not a vibrant left party to promote an educational system that does not have exclusively economic ends. Our colleges and universities have been corrupted by corporate donors whose contributions have created “Business Schools” that propagate a pro-big business/anti-worker neoclassical model of economics. All the while, our corporate ran media broadcasts the most trivial “junk food” news imaginable and never mentions, let alone criticizes, the current corporatist economic system that enriches the few and immiserates the many.

The upshot of our corrupted system is that we will not have a real choice in November because the political spectrum has swung so drastically to the right. The Republican nominee’s “ideas” and “political ideology,” if I may stretch the meanings of those words, are nebulous and inchoate. His rhetoric is fascist and authoritarian, coupled with a know-nothing populism. Thus, he is undoubtedly on the right; though I am wary to attribute any political or ideological stance to such an ignoramus. The supposed counterweight to the Republican nominee is the Democrat, Hillary Clinton. She is by any reasonable standard a center-right candidate. In European countries with less income inequality and higher functioning democratic processes than our own, Hillary Clinton (and Barack Obama) would have to politic on the right. For, they would be laughed out of, say, the Labour Party in Britain or The Left Party in Germany. They are neoliberals just like Reagan, Bush I and II, and Bill Clinton were before them.

Thus, change is not going to come through our electoral process as it currently stands. We must change the process. To do so, we must educate ourselves … or the RWEUs may very well eradicate us.

Marshall Solomon – Franklin, N.C.

The name far above every name

The Christian name is the family name of the New Testament church. In a letter to the Ephesians, Saint Paul wrote: “I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named; Eph 3:14-15. It is the name far above every name: “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. Eph. 1:21. It is the “blessed name: Blessed is he that cometh in the Lord.” Matt 23:38-39. It is a name of power! “He came unto his own, and his own received him not, but as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believed on his name.” John 1: 11-12.

The apocalypse goes more in depth concerning the family name. In the Revelation language, the forehead is symbolic to the mind. (Rev. 7:3, Rev. 9:4) “And I will write upon him my new name.” Rev. 3:12. “And they shall see his face: and his name shall be in their foreheads.” Rev. 22:4. “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Matt 21:9. “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.  “And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” Acts 11:26.

United we stand divided we fall.

Floyd Cruse — Franklin, N.C.

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