Here's one thing: I highly recommend the article "Why I Write" by Billy Dean in The Writers' Table tab of Page and Spine in the 9/13 issue. Here's the link: https://pagespineficshowcase.com/the-writers-table/why-i-write-billy-dean#comments
The Writers' Table for 10/11, "Why Do We Write" by P. S. Nolf is also worth a read. You can find it here: https://pagespineficshowcase.com/the-writers-table/why-do-we-write-p-s-nolf
On the personal level, last weekend we drove to Chillicothe, IL for our granddaughter's wedding. We also got to meet our great granddaughter. I didn't care much for the drive—four hours one way—but the stay and the ceremony and all else were good.
Okay, I'm going to devolve into the most popular subject in the U.S. today. By "popular" I don't mean well-liked. I mean "most visited."
In any past postings I've tried to remain close to neutral. Not this time.
I am an independent and have been since I registered to vote about forty-five years ago. And almost every major election, I've voted against rather than voted for. 2020 will be no different.
I'll be blunt: If you respect and treasure The Constitution, you cannot respect Donald Trump. I'm pretty sure he's been in violation of the Emoluments Clause since he took the Oath of Office. And it's been pretty clear from the beginning that he does not understand The Constitution, has never read it, and has no intention of defending it.
And his supporters who chant that disgusting "Lock her up!" or now "Lock him up!" Either don't know or don't care about the Fifth Amendment. Trump himself has attacked the First Amendment frequently. And he does not seem to understand that an attack upon him by the Congress is not treason. In fact, his refusal to cooperate with the specific rules set down in The Constitution is treason.
He tries to bully our allies while kissing our enemies' backsides. For those of you that are gun-toting worshippers of the Second Amendment and a Trump devotee, I'll point out something that is obvious to me, though perhaps not to you. Our blustery President is physically afraid of Vladimir Putin.
That's why he said, referring to the Russian meddling in our election (which is an established fact, whether you like it or not),"I don't know why it would be Russia"—in complete defiance of the findings of every one of his intelligence agencies—while in Putin's presence, but then changed it to, "I don't know why it wouldn't be Russia" once he was safely away from Putin's physically threatening presence.
The following excerpts are from:[ OUR VOICE: LIES, TRUTH AND OTHER ‘LAND OF OZ’ CLAIMS NOT RELATED TO REALITYPosted by Jan Wondra | Aug 17, 2019
As of six days ago, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has told 12,019 false or misleading claims over 928 days. From the start of his presidency, he has averaged 13 untruths per day. Since he crossed the 10,000 mark, his average is ramping up: it’s now 20 falsehoods per day. More than 18 percent of his false claims are on Twitter, where his itchy Twitter finger apparently can’t stop itself.
The willingness of this core audience to either believe, or want to believe, Trump’s increasingly bizarre claims harkens back to another time in history – the 1930s when first Mussolini (“Il Duce”, the Leader), then Adolf Hitler (The Fuerher — “Heil Hitler”) presented alternative ideologies to their countries, to disastrous ends. At the time, audiences — even “good” Christians — were described as “mesmerized, transfixed” into near hysteria when their leaders spoke, believing anything they were told.
Donald J.Trump is showing himself to be a real and present danger to this country and whether people chose to believe it or not, a tool of the Russian government. We’re staring at the world occupied by autocrats, despots, dictators and tyrants.
These days, I have to say… “Dorothy, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore…”]
Of course, the correct quote there at the end should be, "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."
If the United States is cursed with a second term under the treasonous Donald J. Trump, it will be largely the fault of the Democrats. They must drop the in-fighting and decide early who will be the best candidate to go against Trump, and then run a smarter campaign than Clinton ran in 2016.
Next time, I hope to go back to reading and writing.
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