Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Give Trump a chance

March 17, 2017

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To the editor:

Donald Trump was elected “fair and square” to become our 45th President. Many believe that, despite our U.S. Constitution, somehow he is illegitimate. There were calls for his impeachment even before he was inaugurated. The drum beat of those on the left who act as if they are not democratic is persistent and usually misguided. He has only been in office for about 8 weeks. Many believe that he has already committed enough felonies and misdemeanors to be impeached. From my viewpoint, he is doing rather well on all fronts in keeping his promises. I realize that it will take many years to sort out the record. But the thunderous, biased invective and abuse so early is simple unreasonable.

I had just finished reading “Forged Through Fire: War, Peace, and the Democratic Bargain” by J. Ferejohn and F. M. Rosenbluth when I read the indignant letter by Fred Whitehead in the Lawrence Journal World (March 13). In their book, when manpower was needed for defense and there were shortages, the “elites” (nobles, powerful landowners, rich merchants, autocrats, etc.) became more “democratic.” When the crisis was over, these elites, from the Athenians to modern times, have usually had “hissy fits” and used their indignation at loss of control to reverse the democratic reforms. Whitehead and others in the unelected and self-appointed U.S. “elites” are no counterexamples.

Give the man a chance. He is our President and we ought to hope and pray that he is successful.

Comments

Gene Douglas 6 months, 1 week ago

That'd be a catchy tune...as in "all we are saay...ing....is give Trump a chance"

Bob Summers 6 months, 1 week ago

Trump is knocking over the blocks in the DC playpen.

Liberals hate Trump. DC Republicans hate Trump.

DC Republicans hate Trump more than they dislike Obama. Heck, DC Republicans liked Obama because he had the Liberal "Black" moniker so they didn't have to do anything for fear of being called their code word "racist".

Trump is ruining, the old set in their ways, DC populations easy life of printing money and looking special to their minions at home.

Liberals hate him because, well, that is just what they do, hate.

Ray Mizumura 6 months, 1 week ago

Aw no, Bob, sometimes we love, and you're kind of cute...how could anyone not have a "man crush" on you? How about a little "bromance"? You can go ahead and think about Bannon while it's going on, I won't mind!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

Aw....leave poor old Bob alone. He glorifies in slinging his invective around, his phony LIBERAL, LIBERAL, LIBERAL crap. He thinks that everyone who does not believe in his fascist outlook on life should be rounded up and sent to concentration camps in Texas.

Richard Neuschafer 6 months, 1 week ago

Babbling, bumbling Bob babbling labels again. He has his head buried so far up his a%s he can't see straight. The right-wing "press" has really pulled the wool over his eyes. Kansans, Summers is an example of how NOT to think. Although in his case he doesn't.

Jerry Salisbury 6 months, 1 week ago

People dislike him because he is dangerous. People dislike him because he uses Twitter as his own press secretary. He makes comments that should probably be done in private. His namecalling "Lyin, Crooked, Sad is unprofessional. He clearly stated that any press outlet that says anything is negative. He calls a judge that rule against him so-called. He's made several snafus with international leaders. He wants to defund, basically Medicaid, eliminate the EPA. Make baseless claims that the Senate Intellegence Committee asked for proof he provided none and still makes the claims saying that he "heard it on Fox News" and so many more I'd carpal

He's been in office 2 months and what has he done? Did any of that sound hateful because its true and can be prove as yours I'd like to see. He had a chance and he's not off to a great start. Please justify wwith facts rather than opinions

Ray Mizumura 6 months, 1 week ago

I'm with you all the way, Kenneth. If we don't give the President a fair chance, he'll never be able to make the entire US just like Kansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and similar states where folks are doing so well and where everyone else in those snowflake blue states wants to move.

As Governor Brownback stated so truthfully and eloquently, "Kansas is the envy of the world," so it makes sense that the President is taking the whole country in that enviable direction.

One thing the President better not do, though--take Governor Brownback away from us! His work isn't done, and by God, he should have a third term, KS Constitution be damned. I just don't know what we Kansas will do if we don't get a lot more of Sam!

Paul Beyer 6 months, 1 week ago

Scary thought Ray. The idiot voters of Kansas would definitely vote brownie in again if they could. They have a long history of voting against their own best interests.

Ray Mizumura 6 months, 1 week ago

I am more optimistic Paul, though perhaps naive is a better word. In some respects KS voters opened the door a bit to improvements in 11/2016, while on the national level, there was a move toward making the whole country have a Brownback-style regime.

Bob Summers 6 months, 1 week ago

Obama has already made all you dreams come true Ray.

Scott Morgan 6 months, 1 week ago

Detroit, LA, NY, Cleveland, Buffalo, Milwaukee, Tampa,. St. Louis, well name any big city. How about warm and sunny S. Chicago too? Are you telling us these places are doing well, and rip those fine states you ripped?

Worse in the the states you mentioned? Alabama Gulf Coast is quite nice, and the golf in Mississippi is getting national recog. Ever been to 9th and Quindaro KC, KS mi amigo. I'd take rural Alabama anytime. At least housing is affordable in Liberal Kansas, jobs too.
. Oh, just toured a world class art museum in Arkansas, yep Arkansas.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

I agree, we should give our new president a chance. He is doing, or trying to do, what he promised. Instead of being left alone to govern our nation, the left and media are constantly creating fake news, and/or criticizing his every move. I personally think bringing our military back to full force is what we should be doing first.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

Since you are apparently an "expert" of military readiness, what specifically would you like to see occur in our military readiness?? What (specifically) is wrong or missing??

Brandon Devlin 6 months, 1 week ago

Since when does a personal opinion equate to expertise? Where is your "expertise" to refute whatever he says?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months, 1 week ago

Charles is probably heavily invested in the weapons industry and isn't seeing the returns he would like. Poor Charles. I guess we need a war, so you can buy that vacation home.

Ray Mizumura 6 months, 1 week ago

Obviously the days of "if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen" and "the buck stops here" are over. Poor victimized Donald Trump. He can't lie about being wiretapped by the previous President without the media (all of them, yes, he has no defenders anywhere in the media) doing the dastardly deed of reporting his lie. Nor can he lie about that without members of the Republican Party calling his lie what it is, a lie. And how about those damned Brits? They're supposed to be our friends, and they had a problem with how Sean Spicer lied about British Intelligence helping that Communist Muslim Gay Traitor Obama bug Trump Tower! You are correct, sir! Just leave Donald Trump alone or say goodbye to American greatness!

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months, 1 week ago

Yes, he is doing exactly what he intended to do. Rip off the poor to pay the rich. Increase military spending, so his rich military industrial friends can get even more rich. And decrease unemployment by starting a war in North Koreas and the Middle East, so he can kill a few people and decrease the need for jobs. Not to mention that so many are going to have to join the military to fight his wars. He'll probably bring back the draft. Probably make kids of all his rich friends exempt.

Jerry Salisbury 6 months, 1 week ago

quick, ask him what the nuclear triad is. ask him why the EPAs disappearing. Is the military (my proud AF and others) doing without? why you say that. what is "full force

Ken Lassman 6 months, 1 week ago

I've given him the chance, and he's responded by recommending gutting the science of monitoring climate change and doing research on how our planet's climate works. That's like going into a patient's room, pulling off the monitors and cancelling all the lab work, saying that we'll wing it. Such actions serve nobody: neither climate sceptics or the entire scientific community who stands behind the conclusion that humans activity is changing the climate.

I've given him the chance and he has responded by recommending gutting "soft power," i.e. diplomacy via the state department, instead beefing up "hard power," i.e. ramping up weapons, ships, missles, etc. Haven't we learned from our excursions in Iraq and Afganistan that you can pour billions a month into war and all it causes is suffering and disruption of all that you are attempting to preserve?

i've given him the chance and he has responded by addressing health care by supporting a plan that dumps the problem onto the states in the form of block grants while eliminating enough of the federal portion so that states will be forced to cut back on services to those with disabilities and the working poor. The insurance packages, because the individual mandate is eliminated and the credits are a drop in the bucket, means that millions will again be going to the ER for their health care needs, probably forcing many more hospitals to wonder if they can continue.

I've given him the chance and he has responded by proposing eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which not only provide some of my favorite news sources and programming/programs, but also are often one of the only sources for these things in rural communities, in inner cities and other areas that need their humanizing, nurturing influences.

It is not the fact that he was elected: I was over that long before he stopped gloating over his win (has he even stopped now?). I'm not having a "hissy fit;" I have very specific disagreements with the policies he is proposing and will actively resist those because 1) I have good, rational reasons to disagree with them; 2) He is doing these things without even the slightest effort toward building a national consensus; and 3) His behavior includes blatant lying, manipulation and buillying, all of which I feel are well beneath the station he has been placed and it is causing others to emulate him. These actions only contribute to the increasing polarization that is clearly the wrong direction for our country to take if we want to continue to be a Great America Again.

So I pray, but I pray that our nation succeeds in resisting his ill-conceived policies until he either incorporates policies that the entire nation can embrace, or he leaves/is removed from office. I prefer the first prayer come to fruition, but will not hesitate to pray the second prayer if he cannot be a leader worthy of our nation.

Glen Stovall 6 months, 1 week ago

"Fair and square" election? Hardly! Cross-check, Comey, and the Russians took care of that "fair and square" thing.

I too have given him a chance. I have seen enough of this racist ignorant buffoon: Muslim ban; wanting to throw millions off of health care; incessant lying--including accusing Obama of a felony; white racists and white nationalists at the highest level of our government; wanting to stop "meals on wheels" for the elderly and nutrition/education programs for poor kids; de-funding climate science and NIH; blatant violations of Emoluments Clause; threatening preemptive war; ---and the disgusting list goes on and on and on.

I don't understand why people thought---believed---that a man who is totally selfish, screwed the American people with Trump University, sexually assaulted women and bragged about it, made fun of a disabled man; was openly racist, and was a horrible business person would magically be capable of leading our country in any other way than what he is.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

Careful, Glen........you are going to bust a blood vessel in your brain.....But I love your take on all this!! Worse.........the Bobs here will start aligning you with.....ME!!

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months, 1 week ago

So Kenneth. I assume you fully support Trump's budget, because you seem to like the man so much. You support getting rid of Meals on Wheels, because this program doesn't show "results". Fortunately there will be enough humans in Congress, and enough jerks who want to get reelected that this will not be allowed to happen, but is this the "chance" you want us to give this nasty, cold hearted, greedy, arrogant jerk? You are happy to pay taxes, so he can fly to Florida every weekend to play golf and so his wife doesn't have to live with him, but you don't like paying taxes to feed the elderly and homebound? Is that the "chance" you want? NO.

And do you drool awaiting for his next stupid tweet full of lies and conspiracies that he gets from right wing radical radio and social media? Is that the chance you want?

Or how about giving him a chance to start a war or insult our allies? The "White House" has already had to apologize to Great Britain for Trump's accusation that they were ordered to spy on him by Trump. Notice they report the "White House" has apologized, not Trump. He is too "macho" to apologize for any of his lies.

Why don't you give him a chance. Do you have a good looking daughter? Why not get her a job with him. I'm sure she won't mind being felt up by him. And, by the way, you voted for him, so you own every vile, nasty thing he has or will say and do.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

Wow!! ....someone is actually READING my responses to the articles in this forum??? Wow!!

Thanks!!!

No.....I stand my ground.......Trump is an illegitimate, un-elected fraud. Maybe he U.S. Constitution holds this to be true but you must remember that the original draft of the Constitution embraced a lot of things that have long since been corrected. Like slavery and women's right to vote. There are many amendments (including the one that intended to provide for a national military establishment, that "well regulated militia" thing) that modern voices have made the right for any damned fool to buy and use massively dangerous firearms to do terrible damage and death to our society.

It is illegal to make and own bombs and other deadly items, but military style killing machines???. ......Noooo! Our right is to allow mayhem and murder from the idiots in our society "shall not be infringed"..

Bottom line, now that I have offended the all hunters and gun advocates, is that the Constitution has been wrong on a number of issues. They have been fixed. The Electoral College is long over due for removal. But as can be clearly seen, the representatives of the people cannot see the incredible damage this stupid 18th century fraud is doing. Maybe the "non-election" of a perverted, fascist, racist, bigoted fool to the highest office in the world may be changed. Sadly.....maybe not.

I do not hold much stock in this. Every elected official is trying to get votes and sane policy and decency we expect from our leaders have vanished from the United States of America.

Give Trump a chance?????? Not in a million years.......Get that fool and all of his morons around him out of the U.S. Government and return sanity, decency and morality to the greatest nation in the world!!

Scott Callahan 6 months, 1 week ago

"Give the man a chance. He is our President and we ought to hope and pray that he is successful."

Thank you, Kenneth.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months, 1 week ago

So Scott, do you like paying taxes to pay for Trump's posh lifestyle and his need to go on vacation every weekend. And to keep his queen in her castle? You support forcing royalty down our throats again? Are you part of his court or just a stupid peon?

Scott Morgan 6 months, 1 week ago

? Dorothy, you got it wrongo. One, Trump doesn't even take a salary. Two, he owns his retreats, and three.......um Obama set records for golfing and vacations, including First Lady's trip to sic Africa which was spent mostly in Spain.

Oh, the queen does just fine in her own tax paying business, kinda refreshing. First Lady pays taxes, not drains the public.

John Lee 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Scott Morgan, all those retreats Trump owns get paid by the US government for their use, because he is president. He gets paid every day for secret service renting floors in Trump Tower where his wife insists on living.

You're right, he doesn't take a salary, and you were misguided enough to believe that meant he is somehow good or not taking money from all of us. He's a swindler, through and through. Don't feel bad he fooled you. It's what he does.

David Campbell 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Trump has taken his salary as required by law. You repeat nonsense when you claim otherwise. Obama didn't take as much vacation as George W. Bush. Trump's on track to golf more than Obama.

Learn to use your innernetz. They can learn ya sumthin.

Calvin Anders 6 months, 1 week ago

Kenneth, the Trumpster has been given some time to show he is making an effort. No one is demanding immediate results, but he is showing many indications of a leader who is unwilling to stay within the law and stay within the Constitutional limits of his powers. In addition to that, he is cultivating a reputation as someone who exaggerates and makes up facts to the point where his utterances and tweets are now regarded by the public as completely unreliable. When he is caught in a stupid lie and is unable to re-frame or duck the issue, he claims he was given bad information. He has refused to separate his business dealings from his Presidential responsibilities in a meaningful way. He has appointed officials who are grossly incompetent and/or openly hostile to the agencies they now head.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

This is a GREAT letter, Kenneth!! You have really started something that the local newsrag will not address in their editorial blather. My congratulation to you on starting up another great discussion on the situation we see unfold every day in this unbelievable situation that no Hollywood writer could b possibly form into a modern television extravaganza!! My compliments to the chef!!!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

"Kansas is the envy of the world",............You damn betchia!!!

I got my federal tax return back three weeks ago. Nothing so far from the State of Kansas (although they did refund my Homestead Return two weeks ago.

I guess those folks are out selling pop and beer cans to gather the money to refund people's tax returns. Could be??

(Sorry...this has nothing to do with Trump.......just how Brownback can pretty much emulate him.

Ray Mizumura 6 months, 1 week ago

If there is a deity, and that deity hears and answers human prayers, and if that deity is benevolent, his/her/its/their answer should be, NO. In thunder and lightning.

Ray Mizumura 6 months, 1 week ago

The premise of the letter is that questioning the President is or should be off-limits.

That anyone calling him or herself a US citizen would go public with such "balderdash" is an abuse of the right of free speech and a call to take that right away from other citizens.

Nevertheless, Mr. Mackenzie has that right, at least for now. He's an example of how Donald Trump has some people right where he wants them--submissive to the master, intolerant of dissent, ignorant of what this country represents.

Larry Sturm 6 months, 1 week ago

I think Trump has had all of the chances that he needs Lies and false accusations is enough .IMPEACH HIM.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

Ray...I Am an interested student of the vast Universe we live in. I also know that there is no old dude with a long beard sitting on a cloud passing out blessings and thunderbolts. In short I am a member of the "Freedom From Religion" group that Michel Reagan has established to get the onerous effect of "religion" out of our government and laws. There IS a "Power of the Universe" which none of us have the slightest knowledge of. All astronomers and other scientists have been pondering the real Power that controls the vast Universe. It is not "prayer".... It will not get you that neat red pickup truck you so fervently want.

Now that I have all the respectable church members angry with me, I will simply say that I do not put any stock in religious dogma The Power of the Universe is there, we see it in our astronomical observations. But none of us knows what it is or how it works. Kinda scary when you really think about it. We need to concentrate on humanity and less on fanciful religious dogma.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months, 1 week ago

Anyone who supports Trump and his actions and his budget can NOT call themselves Christians anyway. And I don't care who gets angry at me for saying that, posters here, friends, or relatives. I've had it with their hypocrisy. I know more about the Bible than these self righteous low lives, and they are NOT following the teachings of Jesus.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months, 1 week ago

Question from all the Trump supporters. How can you justify all the money being spent on allowing Melania to live in New York. How can you justify all the money being spent on allowing Trump to go to Florida every stinking weekend? Do you think Mr. Royalty should be allowed to spend all our hard earned money on his "winter castle"?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months, 1 week ago

Why do the conservatives on this forum disappear whenever we ask a direct question they can't answer. Did Rush and Hannity tell them to just disappear when their hypocrisy is showing?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months, 1 week ago

So you like having a president who considers himself a king with a winter castle, his wife's castle, and the government castle? Where is his summer castle going to be? Are you willing to pay more taxes for all of this. You know the peons have to pay for their royalty.

Richard Heckler 6 months, 1 week ago

TRUMP TAX AND SERVICE CUTS

Over rated and expensive medical insurance giants OVER CHARGE their customers over and above their greedy size premiums THEN do not provide any medical care whatsoever : http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/24/AR2009062401636.html

I am fine with repealing the "mandate to purchase" or at least altering it to a choice without penalty.

There are some who would rather finance their own health care straight out of their pockets which would reduce the expense considerably for them as would Medicare Single Payer Insurance of which both options should be open to all.

I say repeal the mandate STAT.

Then provide 3 choices:

=== ObamaCare which retains the health insurance industry

=== Single Payer Medicare for ALL = excellent coverage for all who wish to subscribe.

Single-Payer (HR 676 and S 703) Expanded Medicare for All Vs. Proposed Healthcare “Private insurance with Public Option” http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf ( very interesting findings)

=== Self financed health care for the financially fiscally fit if one wants to opt out.

So now conservatives get on with this without screwing up healthcare, without a bunch of BS and stop throwing republicans and democrats under the bus.

Improved Medicare for All would substantially reduce health care costs (especially for low- and middle-income families), expand coverage, and improve access to care.

Richard Heckler 6 months, 1 week ago

American Legislative Exchange Council lead by the Koch brothers and associates want to own the most intrusive state and federal governments America has ever known.

Monster government intrusions:

--- Wire tapping USA phone lines and internet talk

--- Department of Homeland Security is the never ending intruding tool with no budget

--- Voter Suppression disguised as voter ID

--- trying to kill the freedom of information by eliminating our current on line chatter

--- killing public education

--- killing social security insurance

--- killing medicare insurance

--- killing any hope for Single Payer Medical Insurance

--- killing medicaid

--- taking over local water supplies

--- denying air pollution which becomes climate change

--- GOP intruding in candidates private lives to win elections

--- Contract for America was the death of the GOP

--- etc etc etc

All of the above is enormous big government yet there is still more.

No doubt there are some very wealthy folks actually supporting America and a platform that will transform the USA back to one that truly supports America and the working class which created enormous wealth for which the USA is known.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

Steve......you left out pervert, fascist, bigot, racist and yes.....a liar.

steve

Calvin Anders 6 months, 1 week ago

Now White House press secretary Sean Spiecer implicates UK as Obama's intelligence source on wire tapping of Trump Tower. And his "source" is Fox News sage Andrew Napolitano. This is some weird reverse Orwellian, through the looking glass stuff right here. Trump's team is just waiting around for alt-right media to make up some outlandish conspiracy theory that kind of fits Trumpster's foolish lies, and then the White House claims Trumpster's lies are based on same info. And all of this is going on and eating media cycles as the Trumpster is hard at work taking away healthcare options from the poor (working or not), gutting important federal programs, running up the debt and trying to pour billions more into military spending. And he is lining his pocket's by using his position to drive business deals and make policy that helps his bottom line.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

It is Saturday morning and this forum seems to have developed a lot of interest.

We are still seeing the incredible destructive wreckage of government caused by the fraudulent "Electoral College". It should have been removed from the Constitution many, many years ago. It is affecting the very safety and well-being of the United States of America.

Through this fraud, we have the most incompetent jerk in the White House. Just when you think you have seen the last great stack of BS........there is more (and more, and more, and more........)

Soon we may face a serious military challenge to our country and we have a foolish dolt who never served a day in the military and has denigrated our military almost daily. What then??

We are in very serious danger. The un-elected fool (according the fossilized "Electoral College") has no business in any universe of manipulating the levers of power. We cannot imagine what might happen if this chronic liar is faced with serious challenge from his pal, Vladimir Putin.

The only solution is if our representatives get some backbone and credibility and get this damned fool out of the White House by impeachment. Not to do so presents us to the world as a "ripe plumb" that will fall into our hands" as a former leader of the Soviet Union once stated.

We are in very, very serious danger. "Give Trump a chance"......right!!...to start World War III??

Bob Smith 6 months, 1 week ago

Fred, the electoral college will be around long after you are gone.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

I just read an article in one of the "fake news" outlets. It was regarding the recent intruder to the White House grounds.

The Secret Service spokesman said, "The Secret Service does not have the ability to protect the President from these sort of intrusions" He goes on to say that "If a massive force of 40 terrorists made an attack on the White House the Secret Service could not stop them.

GREAT information to be providing the"40 terrorists", eh???

Bob Summers 6 months, 1 week ago

Trump is doing the best he can.

Liberals said they'd take all comers. Why are the Kanucks detaining "wise and hard working Latino's"?

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's border authorities detained more Mexicans in the first 67 days of 2017 than they did annually in any of the three previous years, according to statistics obtained by Reuters.

The spike comes immediately after Canada's federal government lifted its visa requirement for Mexican citizens in December.

The CBSA can detain foreign nationals if it is believed they pose a danger to the public, if their identity is unclear or if they are deemed unlikely to appear for removal or for a proceeding.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-canadian-border-authorities-detaining-record-number-mexicans-001607040.html

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months, 1 week ago

Playing golf in Florida every weekend on our dime is doing the best he can? Yeah, the best at ripping us off.

Calvin Anders 6 months, 1 week ago

Jesus Bob, trying to divert attention from the train wreck of a quickly failing Presidency by pointing out some issues in Canada? Seems like a reach. Criticism of the Trumpster does not require that everyone else in the world be a paragon of virtue. He's an immature, lying idiot who thinks he was elected king regardless of what Canada does on their border.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

Randolf............hey man you forgot some things.............let me help............(gads..I am gonna get tossed out of here!)

You forgot......"pervert, racist, fascist, (what am I forgetting??..Oh yes.....BIGOT.

(You are welcome!!)

Sorry Kenneth, you stared out this LTE with "Give Trump a chance"...........Doesn't seem to me that too many of the folks here agree with this idea (?)

Note for the Godwin flag guys.....Hitler (like Trump) lost the election for President of Germany,( in 1933, I think).

But He was elevated to Chancellor in the political morass that was occurring in the midst of the collapse of the Weimar Republic.

"Those who fail to remember the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them"

Bob Smith 6 months, 1 week ago

"...Note for the Godwin flag guys.....Hitler (like Trump) lost the election for President of Germany..." You really should have been able to figure out how the electoral college works by now. According to the rules of the Constitution, Trump won the election. All your whining and moaning isn't going to change .... that.

Richard Neuschafer 6 months, 1 week ago

If this were the first inning of a Royals game, and the starting pitcher has given up 10 runs without recording an out then the starting pitcher needs to be pulled. He has had his chance and stunk it up.

Michael Kort 6 months, 1 week ago

Give Trump a chance to check himself into a mental institution which is where he belongs so he will have a place to wait around for Mexico to pay for his Great Wall Of Trump .

Lynn Grant 6 months, 1 week ago

Why is the heck would I pray for Trump to be successful when everything he has done and is proposing will bring this country to its knees. Tillerson says that he is okay with cuts to the State Department because in the future we will see fewer war!. When we cut programs that advance good will around the world, my guess that we will see more conflict. All the while 45 is pushing for a much higher military budget. Cut Meals on Wheels but spend more on war machines. Nope, can't pray for his success.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

You might direct your prayers to the congress.....that they will first impeach this ignorant pervert who has stolen the election with the 18th century "Electoral College" which was added to the Constitution to prevent slavery in the south from affecting national lections.

Slavery was outlawed many years ago.......the foolish and outdated "electoral college" remains to foul up elections in the United States.

NO!! I WILL NOT SHUT UP UNTIL THIS DISASTER OUTDATED CONSTITUTIONAL ELEMENT IS AMENDED OUT OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AS MANY OTHER OUTDATED AND UNNECESSARY ARTICLES HAVE ALREADY BEEN REMOVED IN THE PAST. But I do not put much stake in this as long as fascist Republicans control the Congress and are trying to obtain control of the Supreme Court. Then all three elements of the U.S. Government will be under the control of fascist Republicans. You better go find your red swastika armbands.

Shawn Herrman 6 months, 1 week ago

How did he steal the election? Oh, and if you can answer with facts, that'd be nice.

Richard Aronoff 6 months, 1 week ago

Well.....I see that Pope Dorothy is open for business once again opining on who is and who is not a good Christian.

Consider ---- President Trump invites Angela Merkel to Mar a Lago and takes her out sailing. A gust of wind blows his hat off. He leaps out of the boat, runs across the surface of the water, retrieves his hat and runs back to the boat.

The next day the New York Time headline reads: TRUMP CAN'T SWIM

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months, 1 week ago

First of all, are you really equating Trump to Jesus? That's scary. Now how about you show me where in the Jesus' teachings do you find Trump's philosophies and behavior? I'll wait. Oh I am still waiting for your response as to why it's okay to spend so much money, so your lord can play gold at his winter castle. Are you willing to pay more in taxes for that, or are you part of the rich who will get a tax cut?

Ken Lassman 6 months, 1 week ago

First saw this joke applied to Obama, with the details clearly different. This joke probably goes back to Andrew Jackson. Or maybe Washington.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months, 1 week ago

Man!! This letter fourm has gone from bad to ridiculous..........How the dickens did Jesus get involved with the non-president??

Today the FBI director threw a lot of cold water on all this, although the Bobs and some of the others will continue to scream "LIBERAL, LIBERAL, LIBERAL!!!!!!!"

No evidence to support the non-president's claim of wire tapping. This is news????

Seems the non-president might be under investigation of collusion with our friends (NOT!) in Russia. No direct evidence yet but stay tuned.....the fake news will report on this when some one fesses up about this situation.

I am starting a lottery.........how long until Trump is finally skewered and tossed into the dust bin of (very bad) history??

I have got better things to do.......bye

Scott Morgan 6 months, 1 week ago

This nation is at the end of the path. The dependent of government 40 percent is growing, just as in any great failing dynasty. The 40 percent will grow until national elections will be meaningless exercises in who can vote in more "gimmes."

Trump is just a last gasp effort to slow the tidal wave of crushing socialism. How strange, we see the horrid results of Socialism in our hemisphere. Yet, we as a populace demand more and more. Gimme. Venezuela rich in oil assets have dead people rotting in hospitals because they have no funds to bury them. Let alone feed the citizens of the once proud example of Socialism. Well Chavez did keep his promise, all are equal. Equally miserable. Didn't our Grandparents, Great Grandparents, uncles, aunts and other brave Americans fight to keep us from Socialism?

Cuba is an abomination which is why Government has walls/prisons to keep citizens in. Then why for instance is Obamacare popular with some?

Same popularity with unfair qualifying Section 8 housing, food stamps, free college education, free school breakfast, lunch and dinners, unchecked welfare programs, free transportation, free home nursing programs, tax the wealthy instead of fair share distribution, and the kicker. We as a nation must take care of anybody who can walk, ride, swim, or fly into our borders. We give Guatemala 100 million a year in health care aid, yet our inner city kids are hungry. Do the math of the 100 million per capita of Guatemala and one may be surprised how much this comes to for each man women and child.

Obamacare. Well about 40 percent of our population does not pay for Obamacare. Of course they love it, many have the top Gold programs as well. Somebody does pay, and these working folk premiums and quality of service is terrible.

If we keep going down this path, more and more will join the 40 percent. Then the 40 becomes a majority, and it's turn out the lights time in the Grand Old U.S.A.

David Campbell 5 months, 4 weeks ago

I've figured it out. You're oldish, and don't know how to discern accurate information from wingnut propaganda. You have a fundamental misunderstanding of the degree to which YOU benefit from socialism. Here's a good starting point to understand how that works: https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisladd/2017/03/13/unspeakable-realities-block-universal-health-coverage-in-the-us/&refURL=&referrer=

Richard Aronoff 6 months, 1 week ago

Actually Dorothy, His teachings talk about people taking care of each other. Nowhere do I find anything about Him saying it was the government's responsibility.

But every time someone brings up the idea of a "faith based initiative" to help those in need, hypocrites like you start screaming about the "constitutional separation of church and state" even though that phrase is nowhere to be found in the Constitution.

And constantly questioning someone's religious faith because they don't agree with your politics is just despicable.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months, 1 week ago

Government is one way of taking care of each other. And the question was, name some ways that Trump has helped take care of others. His foundation was a joke. He's afraid to show his tax returns to show where he has donated money. He wants to take away food from the elderly.

Oh, and again more of our constitution. There is something more there than the 2nd Amendment.

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

And perhaps you think that all you have to do is say your are a Christian, but you don't have to follow Christian teachings, but then what's the point? Why have a religion if you don't follow it? Some of these fake Christians say that all they have to do is believe. Some say that if you aren't Christian, you have no morals, yet Trump is arrogant and greedy and doesn't have a lot of morals, so if he is a Christian, this belief is not true. I know atheists who are 10 times more moral than Trump. He is no more Christian than the terrorists are Muslim.

Richard Heckler 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Where are the special prosecutors?

How many do we need for this administration?

Watergate,Iran Contra,several financial fiascos have occurred under the conservative umbrella since Reagan/Bush so to say there is not a pattern is nonsense.

Richard Heckler 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Obamacare offer consumers way more protection and more coverage than in the past 60 years. Yes the medical insurance industry proceeded to increase rates as usual.

The most practical,most fiscally responsible and fair to the consumers is IMPROVED Medicare Single Payer. This essentially removes the profiteering middle man from the equation = smart indeed.

https://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

How many republican, democrat, fiscal conservative and independent voters are Trump conservatives and blue dog democrats willing to throw under the bus?

=== Government Services Are Good,Reliable , AFFORDABLE and Essential http://www.governmentisgood.com/articles.php?aid=7

=== FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MEDICAID https://questions.medicaid.gov

=== SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

=== FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MEDICARE http://www.socialsecurityworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Frequently-Asked-Questions-about-Medicare_FINAL.pdf

=== FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY INSURANCE http://www.socialsecurityworks.org/faq/

How many republican, democrat, fiscal conservative and independent voters are Trump conservatives and blue dog democrats willing to throw under the bus?

Steve Hicks 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Mr. Mackenzie considers that Trump is "...doing rather well on all fronts in keeping his promises."

That seems true. Is it necessary to point out that Trump's promises, which he's now "doing rather well...in keeping," were that he'd do much that's harmful ? Gutting laws that ensure we have clean air and clean water, for example, or dumping millions of Americans from healthcare.

It seems morally perverse to commend someone for keeping evil promises.

I have to apply the same moral criteria to Mr. Mackenzie's opinion that "...we ought to hope and pray that he is successful."

We certainly should pray that Trump repent of his arrogance, greed, hatred, and other sins: no less than for any other human being tempted by sin, which is all of us.

Praying, however, that God make harmful and evil actions "successful" is STUNNINGLY perverse, to any who believe in God's beneficence. The idea that doing evil will have good results is the one satan pressed on Adam and Eve: I doubt God is pleased with prayer that He make it so.

John Lee 5 months, 4 weeks ago

"It seems morally perverse to commend someone for keeping evil promises."

My thoughts exactly. Is the author really proposing we say good job for demoralizing, dehumanizing, disrespecting, disenfranchising, and dividing our people?

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