Pa­tri­o­tism in­cludes know­ing when to ques­tion our lead­ers

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SUNDAY SELECT - L.A. Parker Colum­nist L.A. Parker is a Tren­to­nian colum­nist. Reach him at la­parker@tren­to­ Fol­low on Twit­ter @la­parker6.

Cue the mu­sic. “And I’m proud to be an Amer­i­can where at least I know I’m free.

And I won’t for­get the men (and women) who died, who gave that right to me.

And I’d gladly stand up next to you and de­fend her still to­day.

‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land ..... (All right, all right al­ready).

Songs that pro­claim na­tional al­le­giance re­main im­por­tant win­dow dress­ing to this coun­try’s ex­is­tence.

Peo­ple who sing and pledge crap with­out re­al­iza­tion that ac­tions speak louder than words, evolve into hu­man robots called Democrats and Repub­li­cans.

A Back Talk con­trib­u­tor peaked in­ter­est re­gard­ing a be­lief here that Hamil­ton Twp. Mayor Kelly Yaede should with­draw her sup­port for Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump.

Her step away should be based on Mr. Trump’s ig­no­rance, big­otry and de­plorable com­ments re­gard­ing his as­saults on women, plus, a grow­ing list of al­leged vic­tims of his phys­i­cal and ver­bal in­tru­sions.

If Mayor Yaede re­fuses to dis­man­tle sup­port then she should at least of­fer per­sonal in­sights about Trump’s com­ments made in the com­pany of Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood host, Billy Bush.

Amaz­ing that Bush’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the lewd con­ver­sa­tion forced him out of his job.

Ob­vi­ously, a tele­vi­sion host needs stronger moral fab­ric then the man or woman seated in the Oval Of­fice.

Since Mayor Yaede voiced sup­port be­fore the now in­fa­mous Trump p**sy video, it’s only right to know her opin­ions now.

This is not about Hil­lary Clin­ton. This pe­ti­tion for com­ment plays well in­side po­lit­i­cal eti­quette bound­aries.

In fact, such pa­ram­e­ters hardly ex­ist in the no holds barred, kick ‘em when they’re up, kick ‘em when they’re down po­lit­i­cal world.

While Back Talk con­trib­u­tors and many web­sites use anonymity as dis­guise, opin­ions here need no cam­ou­flage.

Noth­ing sounds more pow­er­ful than free­dom of speech and this op­por­tu­nity as a Tren­to­nian colum­nist rep­re­sents cher­ished ground.

The United States re­mains the great­est na­tion in this world but that praise in­cludes a need for im­prove­ments.

My par­ents and a guardian sis­ter taught me the fine art of judg­ing in­di­vid­u­als, a pol­icy that af­fords a spec­trum of di­verse friends.

For the Back Talk writer, th­ese past seven plus years with Barack Obama as leader have served as in­spi­ra­tion, a chal­lenge for me to im­pact my neigh­bor­hood, to make at­tempts at be­ing the best me.

Na­tional pol­i­tics have min­i­mal in­flu­ence on our daily lives ex­cept, of course ma­jor mat­ters re­gard­ing war, im­mi­gra­tion re­form and sev­eral other pur­suits.

We should show sim­i­lar pas­sion for may­oral, city coun­cil and county elec­tion as lo­cal pol­i­tics im­pact more our ex­is­tence.

For the record, a U.S. flag hangs on my porch as a sym­bolic re­mem­brance to be free, fair, to stand for what’s right and to chal­lenge al­leged po­lit­i­cal lead­ers.


Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump waves to sup­port­ers as he de­barks his plane for a cam­paign rally, Tues­day in Grand Junc­tion, Colo.

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