by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 9/19/15
Some Republicans are loyal to their party because their ancestors fought for the Union, others because their ancestors fought for the Confederacy.
Democrats: the coalition of groups that vote every 4 years.
The Republican big tent: rich people who want to make themselves even richer and non-rich people who plan to get rich by winning the lottery.
Democrats believe so much in helping the disadvantaged that they want the rich to have the honor of paying for it.
Both parties are against gerrymandering that’s done by someone else.
Candidates of both parties snap toothlessly at the Wall Street hand that feeds them.
Independents are so opposed to the political system that they perpetuate it by dropping out of it.
Politicians would rather stick with people who do vote than make voting easier for people who don’t.
by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 8/5/15
It’s nice that local Republican chairman Val Di Giorgio has felt he needs to dissociate the Chester County party from part of Donald Trump’s offensive remarks about Mexican immigrants (letter “Local GOP not in line with Trump behavior,” Daily Local News, 7/31/15).
The part DiGiorgio criticizes Trump for is “his blanket condemnation of Mexican immigrants as rapist[s] and criminals” and “his comments about Mexican immigrants as a whole.”
The part he agrees with is “focusing debate on the human and financial costs of allowing criminals access to our borders.”
That’s a rather fine line to walk, isn’t it?
And what does Mr. DiGiorgio have to say about actual immigration issues? Do undocumented immigrants have a right to health care, a drivers license, and education for their children? Should parents be deported leaving their US citizen children behind? Should we establish a practical path to citizenship beyond the ridiculously long wait through official visa channels? Should we really build a “great wall,” which Trump was for before he was against it? Readers will scan Mr. DiGiorgio’s letter in vain for any answers….
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by Lawrence Davidson, To the Point Analyses
Part I – Reality
On 17 January 2015 the New York Times reported on a scientific study that showed 2014 to be “the hottest on earth since record-keeping began in 1880.” The report went on to explain that “records were set across large areas of every inhabited continent.” Particularly hard hit in 2014 was the western portion of the United States: Alaska, Arizona, California and Nevada all experienced “extreme warmth.” Temperatures in parts of California “sometimes [ran] 10 to 15 degrees above normal for the season.”
The vast majority of climatologists believe that this warming will go on for a very long time and that it presents “profound long-term risks to civilization and nature.” Also, most scientists agree, global warming is caused by human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels. According to Michael E. Mann, a climatologist at Penn State University, “it is exceptionally unlikely that we would be witnessing a record year of warmth, during a record-warm decade, during a several decades-long period of warmth that appears to be unrivaled for more than a thousand years, were it not for the rising levels of planet-warming gases produced by the burning of fossil fuels.” This consensus has led the scientific community to the conclusion that “climate change is perhaps the major challenge of our generation.”
Part II – Republican Theology
Well, that is the judgement of scientists who investigate matters of fact in the most objective way they know. Unfortunately, only a small number of them become convincing public spokespeople for their positions, and fewer still leave their day jobs to become politicians. Meanwhile, when it comes to global warming, the investigative talents of the latest crop of Republican congressional leaders is anything but objective. Of course, that does not stop many of them from loudly voicing their opinions – opinions now coupled to the wielding of power. Consider the following short list….
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by Lawrence Davidson, To the Point Analyses, 6/12/14
Part I – Something Disturbing
There is something disturbing about the Republican response to just about everything President Obama does. It has a knee-jerk yet patterned nature. It displays a meanness that is acted out with a certain gloating quality as well. Take for instance Republican Representative Joe Wilson shouting “You Lie!” during Obama’s speech to Congress on health care. Wilson’s anger was displayed with the malicious satisfaction of a nasty child. Subsequently, Republican politicians have called President Obama a “tar baby,” a socialist, lazy, Hitler, and perhaps most tellingly, un-American. None these epithets are accurate, yet apparently they are believed to be true not only by the persons who said them, but many others among the Republican base. …
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