Flotsam & Jetsam

“Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.… You ask for votes for women. What good can votes do when ten-elevenths of the land of Great Britain belongs to 200,000 and only one-eleventh to the rest of the 40,000,000? Have your men with their millions of votes freed themselves from this injustice?” – Helen Keller –=≈=– “Sooner rather than later, the great avenues will open again and free men will walk through them to construct a better society. Long live Chile! …

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Ewing Says Black Lives Matter—But…

To the Editor: Of course black lives matter; all lives matter. So why are people condemned and fired for saying, “All Lives Matter”? Because “Black Lives Matter” is a term used to advance the far left “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) political movement. Americans sympathize with suffering or unjustly treated people and are unknowingly seduced into supporting the BLM political movement. The BLM movement is the Democrat Party’s new enforcement arm. Like the KKK, Jim Crow Laws, and officials like Bull Connors, the BLM movement uses intimidation and violence to coerce support for, and to suppress opposition to, Democrat politicians and policies. But neither the actions …

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Let Them Eat Weapons: Trump’s Bizarre Arms Race

by Lawrence Wittner In late May of this year, President Donald Trump’s special envoy for arms control bragged before a Washington think tank that the U.S. government was prepared to outspend Russia and China to win a new nuclear arms race. “The president has made clear that we have a tried and true practice here,” he remarked. “We know how to win these races and we know how to spend the adversary into oblivion.” This comment was not out of line for a Trump administration official. Indeed, back in December 2016, shortly after his election, Trump himself proclaimed that the United States would “greatly strengthen …

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Figures Don’t Lie, But Liars Do Figure

Dear Editor, Everyone is pleased the May unemployment rate dropped to 13.3 percent from 14.7. But no one was more pleased than the President who crowed, “There’s a great thing that’s happening for our country.” Not to be outdone by his own rhetoric, he concluded his June 5th presser with, “Today is probably, if you think of it, the greatest comeback in American history.” Nevermind that 30 million people are still unemployed, and Black and Asian American unemployment actually rose. I don’t trust Trump’s celebratory numbers. Remember when Florida’s Governor DeSantis announced on May 20th that a Department of Health data analyst was fired for …

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Vocabulary Lesson

Idiocracy, n; (1) the political system of the United States; (2) the system of governance in practice in the United States; (3) the culture resulting from such a political system of governance. Related: Idiocrat, practitioner of said system; Idiocratic, adj; Idiocratically, adv. Example:“Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Brett Kavanaugh are living proof that the United States of America is an idiocracy.” — W.D. Ehrhart

A Disgusting Truth About Finance

To the Editor: Fox News apologized (shocking) for the “insensitive” (on Fox News?) post showing the increase in the S&P 500 with a shooting death of a black person. The awareness of Fox News is quite a surprise in itself, but the posting actually revealed a disgusting truth about the financial industry—the stock market really does thrive on racial violence. Why do we place so much faith in this epitome of our vaunted capitalist economy? Is this who we are? Dan Mannschreck Barrington, N.H. Dan: We plead “not guilty” to the charge of having faith in this economy. The Editor