Editor,

There is a traditional Spanish saying that goes like this: “Dime con quien andas y the dire quien eres.” What it means is “Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are.” By this rule as Mr. Trump pardons his criminal friends and defends them it is tells us a lot about Mr. Trump. If he pardons his friends, family members and himself does that mean he admits that he is guilty of something? No U.S. president has ever pardoned himself. Is it legal or historical?

Raymond DeMattei

San Carlos

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Ray Fowler

Dirk, Terence and Patrick

Good morning, gents. I see it a little differently... I can accept those with a liberal point of view. They are hard working people who respect the law, pay taxes, support the military and want to live in a free enterprise economic system. However, you can differentiate them from those with a leftist perspective. Leftists seem to be in the business of offering "pie-in-the-sky" that we cannot afford. The Green New Deal will just run the country into the ground. But it's more than unsound economics... leftists want to stifle any opinions that do not conform to their brand of socialism, and their brand of socialism requires that Americans become addicted to dependency.

Conservatives and liberals working together can expose the fringe on the left... and the right. If that happens, the fringe elements will have to crawl back under the rocks from whence they came.

I would really like to see unity. Liberals feel the outgoing administration did not extend a hand across the aisle... that's fair. I understand their feelings. But now, it's their turn. Will the incoming administration reach out across the aisle? I'm hoping liberals will want to make the effort because it's clear the leftists want to set their agenda into motion without giving a thought to anyone other than their comrades. The next week and a half will tell us a lot about whether unity over the next four years is possible.

Tafhdyd

Ray,

I agree that it would be good to have a little cooperation on both sides of the fence but I am not sure it will happen or how long it will take to happen. For twelve years the the Republicans have made non cooperation their number one agenda.

Even though it is obvious that change is needed I don’t see the leopard changing it’s spots. That goes for the Democrats also. I don’t see them giving much because they will see it as a win for the Republicans and be salt in the wounds.

Is there a cocktail lounge near the Capitol that is open after congress closes? It may be the only way forward.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Hi Tafhdyd,

I agree with you that elected Republicans are just as guilty as elected Democrats. Until the American electorate accepts nonpoliticians to represent them, I do not think things can change. Serving the public is not always simpatico with pursuing a career. A career so lucrative they die in office rather than retiring, providing the opportunity for fresh thinking. As you may recall, it is the basis of my acquired belief in term limits.

I hope things are well at home.

Tafhdyd

Hello Wilfred,

Just a note on term limits. I have long been a believer that we have term limits now, it's called the vote, but it is unfortunate that people don't take it seriously. If a person is doing a good job in the position they hold and help the constituents, why get rid of them? If they don't, vote them out at the first opportunity and not wait for the term limit to take effect. If a CEO is doing a good job running the company you wouldn't toss him in four years to try someone else. If the company is mismanaged the board of directors will dump him in a year or two.

On to the other stuff. Did you get around to the Lagavulin, and if so, any comment? Unfortunately home is not so good. I will try and drop you an email when I get time.

Ray Fowler

Wilfredo

I agree with your perspective on term limits. I understand Tafhdyd's viewpoint, but it's just too difficult to ordinarily get an incumbent out of office. Voting them out may not happen, however, with term limits, when their term is up... they're gone.

I'm not a Biden fan, but he is the guy, now. He has a chance to start the unification process right away; he does not have to wait for Jan. 20.

Putting a hand across the aisle is not a surrender. He can position himself in such a way that conservatives can dictate what the next four years may look like... and that would be for conservatives to assume the role of loyal opposition, i.e. opposing some but not all policies, or assume the role a role of noncooperation as described by Tafydyd earlier.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Hi Tafhdyd,

Yes I remember from our previous conversation regarding built in term limits. Do you remember we voted out Murkowski in the primaries only to have have her run as a write-in? Then she rewarded her financial backers with additional billions in Federal money.

On the Lagavulin, me likes! The eight year version this time. I'll buy the other ages as I finish each bottle.

I'll look for your email to arrive as time and desire permit you.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Mr. Fowler,

President elect Biden is a politician to the core. Which means he gets his marching orders from on high. I suspect he will be counseled by President Obama. Neither men have records that inspire confidence in me. But I will hope to be proven wrong. For the welfare of our nation.

Ray Fowler

Tafhdyd

Your honesty is refreshing. Yeah... the smart money would be on neither side budging... but does it have to be that way? Joe Biden is shuffling the deck; let's see what he deals. What happened to "when they go low, we go high"?

You said, "it would be good to have a little cooperation on both sides of the fence... " Don't hoist a white flag, yet.

Tafhdyd

Ray,

I thought it was "when they go low, we kick em in the you know where". Sorry, couldn't resist.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Mr. Fowler and Tafthdyd,

I have an uncle who was accepted into the Honors Program at U.C. Berkley and did three years of graduate work at U.C.L.A. He retired as an economics professor at U.C. Berkley. This man is pedagogic by nature and takes great care in thoroughly researching what he comes to espouse. Whatever the left is feeding their audience, is driving him batty. He is positive President Trump is the devil incarnate and we are about to have a civil war under his direction. When I couple this sort of propaganda with what the plutocrats of the tech world are up to and the push for authoritarianism under D.N.C. control, I just do not see any room for reconciliation with the right. After Trump is gone no one on the right has the gumption to challenge the left. I am confident we are in for some dark political days my friends. Thank God the birth of our nation had men wise enough to fashion our Constitution. It is our only defense from the Biblical seven deadly sins. Ben Franklin’s speech on accepting the Constitution, considered a masterpiece, says it all. I hope you can make the time to enjoy it.

https://www.usconstitution.net/franklin.html

Ray Fowler

Thanks, Wifredo

Wow... so much wisdom from Ben. He was so correct and prescient... one side thinks their infallible and the other side thinks they cannot be wrong. His words are also a good reminder that no matter how hard we try, our biases will slip into our expression.

Dirk van Ulden

One does not need to lean on Spain to provide us with metaphors. We have one that perfectly fitted Obama who was consorting with every race baiter, profane rapper and profiteer he could invite to his lavish White House events. "He who sleeps with dogs catches fleas. " As for Spain, I recall that the last king had to flee his country for tax evasion prosecution. Perhaps Newsom and Pelosi learned from him that their own laws don't apply to them.

Tafhdyd

Dirk,

I have a lot more important things on my plate at the moment but after a taking a few minutes to scan the comments I have to ask you, are you holding up Trump as an example of someone that obeys the laws?

Dirk van Ulden

Taffy - did I say that? Trump has his flaws, we all know that and he demonstrated those unfortunately last week. However, I still will and would support his agenda. It would be great, for unity sake, when the liberals start identifying and articulating the flaws of their political leaders. I am not holding my breath.

Ray Fowler

Spain? Isn't Alec Baldwin's wife from Spain?

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Mr. Fowler,

My gratitude for the good laugh.

Ray Fowler

Sorry. I could not resist.

I guess I cannot be part of the resistance...

Terence Y

Mr. DeMattei, why don’t you go through the list of people who were pardoned by past presidents and see if you feel the same? Or is it just TDS affecting your selective memory? Our great President Trump will be the greatest president in our lifetimes and he should pardon himself and many others, just for the heck of it.

Patrick Henry

Thank God we are not in Spain. Go Trump, don't listen to the noise coming from the left and do whatever you want, you have our support.

Jorg

PH: Would you still support Trump if he admitted that his shallow religiosity was just a ploy to fool the naïve evangelists? Or, would you think he was just lying, - for the first time in his life?

Patrick Henry

I don't engage in hyperbole Jorg, sorry

Jorg

What a lame cup-out!

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