Editor,

It was with a wry smile that I read Mr. Aadahl’s latest denouncement of the Republican Party while fawning over his beloved Democratic Party (“Differences between R and D” in the June 28 edition of the Daily Journal).

There, on the opposite page, is an article on how the Democrats are trying to change the state’s recall laws to benefit Democratic lawmakers. Mr. Aadahl needs to take off his rose-colored glasses and recognize that his party plays the same games.

There is no higher moral ground because there is no moral ground to begin with. Thomas Paine said: “A man under the tyranny of party spirit is the greatest slave upon the earth.” Until both party faithful turn their ire on their own party and demand that they place the country and the people before the party, there is little chance of any progress. A good portion of Washington’s farewell address was warning the country about the dangers of political parties and warning citizens to never allow political parties to gain control of government. His words regarding political parties were prescient. “They agitate the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; foments occasionally riot and insurrection. They open the door to foreign influence and corruption.”

As long as people like Mr. Aadahl (and those on the other side) blindly follow their party’s mantra the party will continue to lead the people rather than the people leading the party.

Steven Howard

Redwood City

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(18) comments

edkahl

Great letter Steve. Our Founders were educated men of the enlightenment and they understood human nature was aggressive and acquisitive. They designed a constitution to protect us from the type of authoritarian rule that exists today in over 80% of the countries in the UN. Like all authoritarian rulers they promise free things to achieve their end of one party rule and total power. Mexico for instance is one of many countries run by it’s top 100 families.

Ray Fowler

Hi, Steven

Thanks for your letter. This problem goes way back... Jefferson called Hamilton and his followers "corrupt" and Hamilton labeled Jefferson followers "dangerous." 225 years ago, as political parties were coalescing, Federalists and Democratic-Republicans tried so hard to distinguish themselves from each other, they even preferred different styles of dress. Jefferson's guys could easily spot a Federalist on the street and vice versa. Dust ups ensued...

I agree with your assessment that as long as party adherents "blindly follow their party’s mantra the party will continue to lead the people rather than the people leading the party." Monday's LTE is proof.

Have a great July 4 weekend!

Jorg

Steven: Being a moderate independent, and neither Republican nor Democrat, I just pointed out current differences between the two parties, as I see it. In certain areas I am rather conservative, in other areas somewhat liberal. The greatest contrast in my mind, is the difference between President Obama, whom I admire greatly, and former WH inhabitant Trump, whom I have nothing but contempt for. So, where am I wrong in my assessment of the differences between R and D, as I pointed out in the LTE you refer to?

wlydecker

The media is the real power because it frames the subject, setting borders. You write

"While Democrats want to get the facts straight and the truth behind events like the Jan. 6 insurrection, Republicans want to hush it all down, while on the other hand being insanely preoccupied with insignificant or made-up stories. " The coverage seldom, if ever, notes the unarmed woman who was shot to death.

Terence Y

Congratulations, Mr. Howard. Jorg is backing up faster than the speed racers in Fast and Furious 9. You have exposed Jorg for admitting his responses are based on emotion rather than on the truth. Jorg can’t list an Obama-nable accomplishment just as he can’t list a backward Biden accomplishment.

Ray Fowler

Hello, Jorg

You are well known among DJ readers for your commentary from the left side of the aisle. Just an observation... not a criticism... your commentary does not come from the viewpoint of a "moderate independent."

Jorg

Ray: What I have said about Trump and his foolish followers, I think is pretty mild and moderate, compared to what I could have said, and what we can expect to be exposed now that he is finally being investigated, both by Congress and state and federal authorities. Stay tuned!

Ray Fowler

Speaking of being investigated, did you hear about the photos found on Hunter Biden's laptop this week? For a VP who said he knew nothing about his son's business dealings, Joe is pretty chummy with foreign business reps associated with his son and brother.

Did you hear the court in New York is not pursuing any criminal action against the Donald?

I'm sure you believe what you have said about conservatives has been mild and moderate but someone who gets most of their info from MSNBC is hardly a moderate. To be fair, MSNBC (strong left orientation) is honest about their broadcasts putting out commentary and not news. You've gotta admire them for that.

But... if you are a moderate independent, then Xi Jinping is a Blue Dog Democrat.

Jorg

No, Ray, I did not: "Did you hear the court in New York is not pursuing any criminal action against the Donald?"

So, where do you get your info from? Fox?

Tafhdyd

Ray and Jorg,

I will throw in 2 cents worth from the sidelines. Maybe both of you are right/wrong.

The last I saw the court was not charging "Donald" at this time but they are charging the Donald's corp. with the open possibility of charging him directly later.

FYI, what I could not find on right wing news was any mention of Donald's rating of being #41 out of 44 as the worst President rated by historians.

Ray Fowler

Hello, Jorg

Predictable... you tell everyone to "stay tuned" for news re: prosecution of the Donald, but it looks like developments in New York are going the other way. Instead of responding with a point of view or rebuttal, you merely ask whether Fox News is the source for my comments. No. You can find more info on Politico and left leaning news outlets like CNN, NBC, etc. I'm not going to do your homework for you.

The Trump Organization CFO... and perhaps some other Trump employees... are facing possible charges connected with tax violations that may involve off-the-books money and perks. What's a little bit different is that prosecutors, based on past precedent, may be singling out the Trump Organization. It's good to see everyone is treated the same... unless you are connected with the Trump Organization. You would think a "moderate independent" like yourself would insist on equal treatment for everyone.

Hmmm... strange... no comment about evidence that contradicts our current president's claim that he knows nothing about his son's business dealings?

Hey! BTW,,, congrats to Karsten Warholm. Yesterday, the Norwegian hurdler set a new world record in the 400m hurdles. That's great. Alt for Norge.

Tafhdyd... some fuzzy math after 5 pm? So, Trump is rated among the worst presidents? 41 out of 44? Haven't 46 persons been elected president?

No. I didn't see the article. I think we have kicked around the best and worst lists of presidents during some thrusting and parrying a long time ago. In my view, such lists are better suited as a substitute for Charmin. You can find some right wing hacks who will rank FDR among the worst. True... he did extend the Great Depression and he imprisoned over 100,000 Japanese just because of their race, but he probably doesn't deserve a low ranking. Ulysses S. Grant will often appear on a list of worst presidents... I don't think he deserves such a ranking. That's just me. You know, there are some who rate Barack among the worst... I'm no fan, but such a ranking is undeserved. Isn't he the candidate who visited 57 states? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws

Just having a little fun. We do have 50 states, DC and five inhabited territories. That's 56... so Barack's comments re: 57 was close.

Enjoy a great Fourth of July weekend...

Jorg

Tafhdyd: Not much of a surprise, that you could not find any right-wing news mentioning Donald's rating of being #41 out of 44 as the worst President, rated by historians. Nor would you find that President Obama was rated # 10! How uninformed can they be, while bragging about not watching the more enlightened news media, like the majority of us do.

Tafhdyd

Ray,

The presidential count is for past presidents, 45 times someone is elected. Joe is #46 but he is current. One of them was elected two different times with one in between so it was the same person counted only once. Grover Cleveland was #22 & #24. Lincoln is #1 year in and year out.

Ray Fowler

Hey, Tafhdyd...

We can agree... 46 different presidencies but only 45 different persons ever elected. I guess if we don't split the Cleveland presidencies, then we're down to 45. So, are you and Jorg not including Joe because he's still in office? He's been serving five times longer than William Henry Harrison, and Ol' Tippecanoe is on the list.

Jorg

Ray, you are missing the point, or are you just trying to muddle it all up? The point was that historians have placed Trump as one of the worst presidents ever, - something the majority of us agree with. They also placed Lincoln as the best, and Obama as #10. Any problems with that?

Terence Y

Same old blah, blah, blah avoidance from Taffy and Jorg. I notice they’re both still not able to list a blundering Biden accomplishment. Instead, they try to distract by making a mountain out of a molehill as to which president the fake news rates as best! It doesn’t matter because we all know our great President Trump followed an America First policy while beleaguered Biden is following an America Last policy. BTW, maybe one of you can teach Biden how to pronounce oceanic. The poor guy needed three attempts. And it sounds like the citizens at a naturalization ceremony probably have better command of the English language than poor Biden.

Ray Fowler

Jorg... I guess you skimmed over my post about presidential rankings... no worries.

I wrote earlier to Tafhdyd that he and I had kicked around the best and worst lists of presidents during an exchange a long time ago. Then, "In my view, such lists are better suited as a substitute for Charmin. You can find some right wing hacks who will rank FDR among the worst. True... he did extend the Great Depression and he imprisoned over 100,000 Japanese just because of their race, but he probably doesn't deserve a low ranking. Ulysses S. Grant will often appear on a list of worst presidents... I don't think he deserves such a ranking. That's just me. You know, there are some who rate Barack among the worst... I'm no fan, but such a ranking is undeserved. Isn't he the candidate who visited 57 states?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws

Are these historians you are referring to the same academicians who endorsed the 1619 Project? It's an honest question... I don;t know. Do you?

Warren G. Harding often appears on lists of worst presidents. Yet, during three years in the Oval Office (as you recall, he died during his elected term), he avoided an economic depression, hosted an international conference to limit military build up, and pardoned the world's most famous socialist. He was immensely popular. As a result, I personally don't find much value in best-worst lists. Do you have any original thoughts on this matter?

Tafhdyd

Ray,

My ice is waiting but just wanted to add on a bit I forgot earlier. I am torn about the rating of Trump. On one hand I am surprised he was rated so high and on the other hand I am surprised he wasn't rated higher being as he is the only president in history that can change the direction of a hurricane with a sharpie on map. :) BTW, the ratings are for past presidents, alive or dead, short term or long and Joe is still current. We will have to wait 7 1/2 years to rate him after his second term.

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