Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Civility Suggested


On line “Had it up to hear” posted the following response to my letter that was published in The Oneonta Daily Star on 6/13/17.  
“The heartbreaking shooting this morning of Republicans playing in a baseball game by a Left Wing Liberal Radical nutcase helps to put the instability of the democratic socialist party into the proper perspective.  This is why conservatives don't want to use their real names when expressing their opinion despite being called ‘cowards’ for not doing so.  Liberals like Jim O'Leary and Andrew Reinbach can extol the supposed virtues of Liberals writing ‘civil letters’ but it's madness like this shooting, ISIS' cleansing of Christians, illegals committing crimes, black on black crimes, dictators using poison gas on their own people or threatening to wipe Israel off the face of the earth,and so much more that should be the topic of discussion.  Civility apparently actually meant nothing to this wacko who attempted to murder as many republicans as possible.  There is nothing ‘civil’ about this incredibly abhorrent event.  If this unhinged murderous neanderthal was a republican, I'd be saying the same thing.  Time to stop the pitiful calls for more civility.  Or more ‘diversity’.  Civility isn't stopping North Korea's dictator from threatening the USA with nuclear weapons.  Civility isn't helping the people of Venezuela survive in the face of nationalization (socialism at its finest).  Clearly they are not solutions.
“You loons on the left continue to make excuses for all of this.  It's unacceptable.  You lose.  Your ideals fail time and time again yet there you are still pitching the same game. 
“Civility?  Nothing more than a pathetic, dishonest, incompetent, hypocritical attempt at virtue signaling.”
BTW, my letter was posted on this website on 5/17/17, and I never anticipated the letter would upset any reader.  I ended my letter by suggesting, that it’s crucial that genuinely liberal Democrats disclose the truth, practice the Golden Rule, and calmly carry on.
Until, congressional Republicans demonstrate compassion for the sick and poor, liberal Democrats must continue submitting civil, factual and persuasive letters.

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