Editor,

Matt Grocott, in his March 2 column, states that the U.S. Constitution cannot stand alone, but “requires an active and informed citizenry.” This is an interesting observation coming from Matt. An informed citizenry needs to be told the truth, yet he and his fellow Trump supporters have consistently repeated debunked right-wing conspiracy falsehoods and still believe that Trump won the 2020 election.

U.S. democracy does require an informed citizenry. Why then does the extreme right wing continue to promote lies and misinformation that contradicts the truth? Could it be that Trump Republicans just “can’t handle the truth” as was quoted by Jack Nicholson in the movie “A Few Good Men”?

It’s time for the Republican party to rid itself of Trumpism and bring back the “Grand Ol’ Party” of Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan. A party that had ideas and policies based on facts, not conspiracies and lies.

David Crabbe

San Carlos

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(32) comments

Terence Y

Sorry, Mr. Crabbe, but your TDS-bias is again rearing its ugly head. We obviously cannot count on the lamestream media or lies from the Democrat party to tell us the truth. They rely on their lemmings to not search for the truth, and instead, prefer that they repeat debunked left-wing conspiracy falsehoods. As soon as you wise up to those facts, we may give your letters some credibility.

Tommy Tee

n case you're not one of the enlightened ones, Trump will be sworn in as the 19th president tomorrow. Be sure to watch it streaming live.

Dirk van Ulden

Dear David and your fellow Trump haters. You guys can't see the forest for the trees. What you don't understand is that Trump started a movement that apparently clicked with millions of Americans. He is far from perfect but he woke many of us up to the possibility that we can finally get rid of the swamp. He only had four years and made a dent in it. If you believe that the current administration is an improvement then you yourselves are just toeing the line without any critical thinking. I reiterate my request that you start looking at the program of the Biden administration and scrutinize it as you did when Trump was running the show. So far, not a single one of you has said anything even remotely negative about the impending disaster coming forth from DC. For that matter not anything positive either, likely because there is nothing positive to report.

Tafhdyd

Dirk

You and your fellow Trump lovers can’t see the swamp for the pond scum. The only thing he did with the swamp was get rid of the beneficials so he could consolidate his fellow bottom feeding scum suckers. As for the past for years, he showed us that there are many (millions) more bigots, white supremacists, racists and wackos in America than we thought.

Dirk van Ulden

Taffy - you and your cohorts are simply deflecting. What is Biden doing that is or will be great?

Tafhdyd

For one thing he is getting people vaccinated and not lying about the severity of the Trump virus, AKA Covid-19. For another he stopped wasting money building a physical wall that is not needed. Better ways are available to protect our border without causing ecological damage and creating an eyesore.

Ray Fowler

Well, I don't want to use the "L" word, but Joe saying his admin is doing so much better than Trump with respect to vaccinations is just a big, fat... case of being disingenuous. C'mon, man!

Biden's first projection... 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days! Yea! That's one million per day! Double yea!! Oh, wait a minute... they were already doing one million a day as Trump's term ended?

Now, Joe says every adult in America will be vaccinated by the end of May... yea, again! Oh, hold on... six months ago... Trump predicted all adults could be vaccinated by the end of April.

Finally, Joe says since he came into office, the number of vaccination doses manufactured has increased dramatically... would that have anything to do with pharmaceutical companies ramping up production to fill foreign sales orders?

Disingenuous...

Border wall... yeah, bad idea. What about that hole in the border fence where a Ford Expedition likely crossed into the US after midinight yesterday?

Tafhdyd

Ray,

I have no idea where the Ford Expedition came into the US but with 25 people on board I can only say that it speaks volumes of what the conditions are where they were and what they were after. Unfortunately it also speaks to a variation of a saying, a fool and his life are soon parted.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Tafhdyd,

I am not a bigot, white supremacist, racist or whacko. And you are smart enough to know those are nothing more than media caricatures of half the country. You consider a physical wall at the southern border a waste of money and I consider the the walls in D.C. likewise. But they both serve a purpose, don't they? You and millions of Americans have been led to believe illegal aliens are fleeing something. In reality they are wanting the American dream, nothing more. I know this to be true because I have travelled south of our border my entire life. It's not what the "lying media" says it is. I feel compassion for all people that are not in a good place. Including the honorable people trying to come to our great nation while respecting our laws.

Ray Fowler

Well said, Wilfredo...

For Tafhdyd

I know there are some on the extreme right of the political spectrum who reject immigrants... they are wrongheaded nativists.

But as a right leaning centrist, I embrace immigration as a way to make our country better. To achieve such an end, we need immigration reform with a sensible path to citizenship. Most Americans agree.

That's not what we're getting...

Let me give you a KISS... no, not the "Keep It Simple... " saying. Gene Simmons. (I saw part of Gene's interview with Dan Rather earlier this week.) Gene was born into poverty in Israel to parents who had emigrated from Hungary. His mother survived internment in a concentration camp during WWII. At 8 years old, Gene and his mother came to the United States. It's a great success story. But Gene has advice for immigrants... learn the language. You probably cannot be successful until you do, and you can preserve your heritage while adapting to the culture in the US.

However, that doesn't seem to be the plan by those on the left side of the aisle. Keeping immigrants clustered in enclaves with limited opportunities to assimilate is just fine with progressives as long as those in the enclaves vote the Democratic ticket. Oh, yes... Gene had one more bit of advice... obey the law of the land. That includes honoring our laws re: how to enter the US. I really, really like what economist Thomas Sowell had to say on this topic... "Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help people who break them."

The heart rending story from earlier this week... we do know that two SUVs filled way beyond capacity came across a breach in the border fence. Crossing the border in that fashion contributed to the tragic traffic collision that claimed more than a dozen lives. True enough... if those crossing the border in the desert after midnight two days ago would have applied at a port of entry for permanent entry, that request would have been initially denied. They would have to wait. If any of those folks claimed asylum seeker status, they should be moved to the head of the line with their request.

I agree with Wilfredo... we are not getting accurate info from the MSM concerning the push-pull factors affecting people who want to emirate to the US.

Tafhdyd

Wilfred,

Thanks for checking in. I absolutely know you are not a bigot, etc. and I didn’t say you were. I am sure you read my discussion with Ray a week or two ago about not calling things absolute like some people do, (all Dems favor abortion, all Repubs hate minorities). My comment says the last four years showed us there were many more racist, bigots, etc. in America than we thought. At least more than I thought and many others I have talked to also. There may not be more than before but they have become more visible or have come out of the closet so to speak. Do you disagree with that?

A wall on the southern border has a need in specific locations but not the entire 2100 miles nor on environmentally sensitive areas. Regular drone surveillance can be done more efficiently and any activity can then be addressed. As for aliens fleeing something. Isn’t it correct or OK to say that if someone leaves a place where they have poor living conditions, poor health, poor pay etc. to try and get to the American dream or to any place better than where they are they are fleeing something? It doesn’t have to be danger they want to get away from although some of them are.

I also think you are observant enough to know that I am happy to discuss issues with most people in a civil fashion, agree or disagree, but there are other comments that are just malarkey and deserve the same. There are times I like to go fishing and there is one that I don’t even have to bait the hook to catch.

On a more amicable subject. I picked up a Gran Centenario Anejo this morning at Costco but have not tried it yet. I am not sure if that is the same as you mentioned a while back.

Tafhdyd

Ray,

Your comment came in while I was working on my reply for Wilfred. All of your comment is spot on and I don't have an argument with any of it. I will admit that not being up on the rock scene, I didn't get the KISS connection with Gene Simmons.

Just a question on the immigration item. Would you call someone that is not opposed to immigrants as long as they are not from "s%%t h@*e countries a wrongheaded nativist or just a racist or bigot?

Ray Fowler

Hey, Tafhdyd

Thanks for the affirmation. While someone coming into the middle of the conversation may conclude my comments were too conservative... they're not. They're pretty consistent with where most Americans are on the subject of immigration, and that is... a big thumbs up to bringing folks into the US in a sensible fashion with citizenship a real and tangible goal for those who want to stay permanently.

While describing some places as #&@% countries is not right... there's a reason they don't have a booming tourist industry. We can help them with poverty and health issues now and get to building big name hotels and casinos on the beach later.

Thank God the days of immigration quotas are over! There was a time when the US said... X amount from this country, Y amount from that country and Z amount from the other country on the list. Wrong. It's wasn't always racist because back in the day, more people from the countries in northern and western Europe were preferred over the countries in southern and eastern Europe... but it was bigoted. And as you pointed out... such bigotry or nativist perspective is narrow, negative and noxious.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Tafhdyd,

Good news first. In celebration of your Costco score, I just poured a double of the Woodford you recommended I try. Next, I misunderstood the tone of your 9:45am post to Dirk and 7:15pm post to Ray. I am sorry. You are a thinking man and I should have known better. You always provide a comprehensible rationale when asked. I hope you enjoy the tequila as much as I. To close, stereotypes, prejudices and bigotries are of no concern to me in this nation. They are culturally unacceptable and easily overcome. So it doesn't matter to me if Bush, Obama, Trump and Biden fall victim to this stupid thinking.

Tafhdyd

Wilfred,

I just tried the Gran Centenario and like it very much. Full flavor, smooth and not too much heat. Btw, just curious if you meant to say you poured a double oak Woodford or did you pour a double of the double oak Woodford like you said?

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Tafhdyd,

Happy to hear you like the tequila. Yes sir, I poured a double of the double oak. [innocent] And I like it so much, I may pour another. [ohmy]

Tafhdyd

Wilfred,

I understand. It is good stuff, one of my favorites. Glad I was able to help.😄

Old San Matean

Mr. van Ulden, the part you're not mentioning is that Trump replaced what you call "the swamp" (i.e., lifelong dedicated and nonpartisan federal employees who swore oaths to the Constitution) with criminals. Is that what millions of Trump voters really wanted? Thank God there were more Biden supporters than Trump supporters.

Dirk van Ulden

Don't make me laugh, OSM. What possible evidence do you have that these were replaced by "criminals' who BTW also had to swear allegiance to the Constitution.. All presidents have replaced federal workers if they were political appointees to begin with. Obama cleaned house of Bush's political appointees at a large scale and replaced them with his hood cronies. I never heard you mentioning that. .

NM

Bravo, Mr. Crabbe! I’ve been hoping someone would point out that Emperor Trump and his followers “have no clothes” while trying to wrap themselves in the Constitution!

Jorg

I think it was Thomas Jefferson who wrote that a well-informed electorate is a prerequisite to democracy. It is all too obvious that Republicans as a group don’t want to be well informed and instead prefer to swallow Trump’s lies, - no matter how wild and detached from reality. No wonder we have such trouble living up to our tremendous potential!

Tommy Tee

Excellent letter, Mr. Crabbe. Abe Lincoln is rolling in his grave over what has happened to his party.

Jorg

Let's not forget, that Lincoln's Republican Party is now the Democratic Party, which I think would have pleased good old Abe.

Ray Fowler

Jorg

In the words of Foghorn Leghorn, "You’re way off, I say you’re way off this time son."

In my love letter to you yesterday, I asked... why do some Dems insist in going backwards in time? I know, I know... there is a danger in repeating the past, but ignoring the here and now can be fraught with dangers, too. You want to go backwards? Bring it on...

Disclaimer: Of course, my references to "Dems" do not include everyone who is affiliated with the Democratic Party, but there is a dark side. And to be fair, my references to Republicans is not meant to suggest they are deserving of beautification. Joe McCarthy... 'nuff said.

So, with respect to your comment, "Lincoln's Republican Party is now the Democratic Party," consider the following:

I think what you're trying to say is that modern Democrats can trace their roots back to the origins of the Republican Party. Again, "you're way off... "

Modern Democrats can trace to their roots to Andrew Jackson. Ol' Hickory not only owned slaves, he was a successful slave trader.

The Democrats were the party of slavery. Abe Lincoln won the 1860 election with a 40% plurality. The Democratic Party split, but it wasn't the good anti-slavery Dems against the bad pro-slavery Dems. Dems garnered 60% of the popular vote which was split by three pro-slavery Democrats. Then, eleven of those states won by the party of slavery seceded from the Union shortly after the election. Republicans won the next two elections easily... part of the reason was Southern Democrats could not vote because of the Civil War. In 1872, Republicans continued to dominate the South due in part to the 15th Amendment. Lincoln's party... the party that freed the slaves pushed the 15th Amendment that allowed black males to vote. Up to this point, we haven't seen the Democrats jump into the struggle for civil rights... but some sure jumped into white robes and hoods.

The next election (1876) was a huge electoral fiasco, but you also saw white Democrats... some of them were the same Dems fighting to preserve slavery a dozen years earlier... take control of the deep South. White Democrats dominate presidential politics in the South for the next twenty election cycles. You remember how those Democrats eradicated racism in the late 1800s and the first half of the twentieth century... especially in the South? Oh, wait a minute... that didn't happen. As time marched on from the era Plessy v. Ferguson to FDR's New Deal, blacks were enslaved not by chains but by Democratic Party practices. That element of the Democratic Party could not be further removed from Abe Lincoln if they tried.

Civil Rights... it doesn't happen in 1964 without Republican senator Everett Dirkson pushing Congressional Republicans to support legislation intended to end segregation. Remember, a higher ratio of Republicans voted for the Act than Democrats. This is about the time you see the deep South split nearly evenly between Republicans and Dems. While Dems pushed the Great Society, what was the actual outcome of those Dem entitlement programs? Well, civil rights and freedom for blacks came at a price of figurative enslavement to the Democratic Party. The start of "free stuff" for votes. Keep voting for Democrats and everything will be OK... until it's not. Look at our inner cities... especially black neighborhoods... those folks are trapped in those cities run by Democrats for decades. Those cities are concentration camps without barbed wire. In the face of violence, drugs, gangs, terrible schools, lack of jobs... Democrats... not Republicans... are now championing free Medicare for all and free college for everyone as black families disintegrate. Just keep voting for Democrats is the message. You know... Democrats... the party of choice, unless the choices are about schools, guns, health care, etc. Speaking of choice... black women are 5 times more likely to have an abortion than white women. Why are the majority of Planned Parenthood clinics within walking distance of black neighborhoods? Kinda looks like the choice to abort a child has already been made for those black women. 35% of the 60+ million children aborted since Roe V. Wade was decided have been black. That's not slavery, that's genocide.

And if you're black and you choose to be a conservative, how are you treated by the MSM? You know, the MSM... backed by Democrats not Republicans... you are ostracized; you are vilified. I know this discussion is largely rooted in the past, but it was only 10 months ago that we heard if you are black and you're trying to decide whether to vote for Biden or Trump, "then you ain't black." Hmmm... who said that?

Lincoln freed the slaves... let 'em be free!

In 1968, Nixon, a Republican, dominated the electoral map except in the deep South. Four years later, Republicans were everywhere... the Dems carried only one state (Massachusetts). I'm guessing that election had more to do with getting out of Vietnam and the economy than race issues. Dems storm back in 1976 to capture the entire deep South only to lose it to Ronald Reagan. Republicans have dominated Southern presidential contests ever since.

You want to look backwards? Wasn't there a Democratic senator in the mid-90s pushing a crime bill that disproportionately imprisoned blacks? Where is that senator today?

Democrats tried to keep blacks enslaved until they were freed by a Republican president. Since then, an element of the Democratic Party has worked to keep them enslaved for political purposes. This idea that magically, mystically Democrats left their party after the Civil Rights Act was passed to become Republicans bent on subjugating blacks is just not true. And the Democrat thugs... that's obviously not every person registered with the Democratic Party... who once wore white robes and hoods have traded them in for black rip-stop gear and Antifa patches.

Lincoln's party is now the Democratic Party? "You’re way off, I say you’re way off this time son."

Jorg

Ray: This link should give you some understanding of what I mean buy the R/D switch:

https://www.livescience.com/34241-democratic-republican-parties-switch-platforms.html

Hope it helps!

Terence Y

Wow, Ray, just wow! I am in awe.

Ray Fowler

Jorg

Well, yes... it does help by providing the historical context not mentioned in your earlier post. But the history of (some) Democrats exploiting blacks across our nation's history presented in my response was not discussed in the link provided by you. The party of slavery enslaves today... it just looks different.

The link to Natalie Wolchover's article... thanks. She is an accomplished journalist in the field of science, no doubt. I'm guessing her work on quantum computing, gravitational waves and astrophysics is just fascinating. However, her supposition that the two major political parties switched platforms over the past 100 years is... lacking.

I disagree with Wolchover's statement that between 1860 and 1936 the parties switched platforms. In 1860, the Dems were the big kid on the block. That was the case in 1936, and it is still true today. The expansion of federal power happened for some reasons not mentioned in the linked article. The Civil War crisis brought a need for the president to expand his power... and he did. Lincoln took over communications, suspended part of the Constitution, created a military draft, and used federal troops to keep peace behind the battle lines. When the war ended, so did the need for expanded power and things relaxed... but the die was cast. The government had intervened during a crisis in the everyday American's life in a way no one had seen before.

Wolchover's claim that the expansion of federal power was due to expansion in the West is (IMO) lacking. During that time, Republicans were all about business. Yes, railroads started to crisscross the country, but where were the factories? In the East. She mentions William Jennings Bryan prominently in her article. He pushed bimetallism as a way to protect the common man. Republicans saw a shift from progressive policies teased by Teddy Roosevelt to an emphasis on personal liberties (while keeping an eye on big business) about the time Bryan last ran for president (1908).

When WWI arrives, Wilson (a Democrat), expanded federal power again. He reacted to his crisis much in the same way that Lincoln reacted to his crisis. When the war was over, things relaxed. Harding (a Republican) becomes president with a "return to normalcy" campaign. And the Republican presidents in the 1920s were all about business... the way it had been for decades. Next up... the Great Depression, and FDR expands federal power as he confronts his crisis. He looks for a government solution to the economy's collapse... not a business solution. Here comes deficit spending and entitlement programs. Things will never be the same. Even Wolchover acknowledges, near the end of her article, that from a business perspective... the loyalties of the parties did not switch.

So, I disagree with Natalie's analysis. While the parties have evolved over the past 150 years, they did not switch political platforms.

"Do you have any thoughts of your own on this matter?" Will Hunting

Ray Fowler

Thanks, Terence

I find writing to be relaxing, especially as I am going through some medical issues. But when I am back to my old self and planting trees in the Gobi Desert, rescuing penguins in Antarctica, and performing on tour with Cirque du Soleil... I will have less time for DJ comments.

Tafhdyd

Ray,

Are you slipping in your older years? You didn't mention sipping the singles when you are back to your old self.

Ray Fowler

Hey, Tafhdyd

Not slipping... but a good pathology report was cause to tip a couple of horns in celebration. "It's Been Awhile" Staind

Terence Y

Ray, I hope you also get back to being faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Cape optional. BTW, can I assume you did very well in the SAT essay test? I think I heard they were dropping the essay test. The continued lowering of education standards in America. Sad.

Ray Fowler

Terence

I got good grades but only so-so Board scores. In that era, you didn't take the SAT multiple times.. it was one and done. I am familiar with the scam that goes by the name of the College Board. What a racket.

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