LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
AMERICA THE GREAT
President Donald Trump considers immigrants a huge problem. He characterizes them as animals, robbers, rapist, murders, MS13, Middle Easterners and as mobs approaching America. All are undesirables and of course most don’t have white skin.
Interesting that we have had multiple shootings/ killings at our schools, places of worship and entertainment venues by our own homegrown white males.
Fortunately for his mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, who was the youngest of 10 children, didn’t immigrate from Scotland to America during his “reign.” She came from an area that some historians have described and characterized as “human wretchedness.” During the Great Depression of 1930 she was one of tens of thousands of young Scots, who were referred to as “economic immigrants,” that migrated to the U.S. or Canada. She had several sisters who were already in the U.S., so she chose to enter the U.S. as a domestic servant.
Later she met and married Fred Trump and had several children before she was naturalized in March of 1942. However, probably Fred, who we know trained Donald well in the art of lying, indicated on a 1940 census that she was a Naturalized Citizen at that time.
How lucky these immigrants were not met on their arrival by military forces. How lucky for most of our ancestors too, but this is Trump’s way of making America Great Again? – Kay Zacharski, Shiloh
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BROKAW ALLEGATION?
Sometime around the first of May this year a woman came forward and accused Tom Brokaw of sexual abuse. Within a few days Brokaw disappeared from our TV screens, and we didn’t hear anything more about the accusations.
Brokaw was recently scheduled to be part of NBC’s “team” reporting on the mid-term elections. Still no more about the woman’s accusations.
We keep hearing from the mainstream media about President Donald Trump’s accusations of fake news about him and the Republican Party, but the question is if Tom Brokaw had not been a member of the media or had been a Republican, would the accusations have disappeared as rapidly as they did? Or, would we still be hearing about them? – Bob Walter, Glen Carbon
RIGHTS REST ON THE 14TH AMENDMENT
There is flaw in the reasoning of many Second Amendment supporters in that they claim that the intent of the Second Amendment was to protect the right of individual U.S. citizens to keep and bear arms while also supporting the states’ rights claim that the purpose of the Bill of Rights was to limit the power of the federal government. The First Amendment clearly states that “the Congress shall make no law respecting ...”, a clear indication for limitation on the federal government but not a pronouncement of individual rights supporting the view of states’ rights. However, when states’ rights are then applied to the Second Amendment, while the federal government cannot make any move to infringe up the right of people to keep and bear arms, the states are free to do whatever they so choose, because the Bill of Rights is only a limitation on the federal government. An individual’s Constitutional right to anything rests on the 14th Amendment, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States,” which put an end to states’ rights and reinterpreted the Constitution’s Bill of Rights as applying to the citizens and providing individual protections by limiting both the federal and state governments in respect to the rights of the people not the rights of states.
– Joe Perryman, Belleville
WHITE CRIME WHITAKER
It was not surprising when CNN hammered Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker for his previous white crime activities, and I would expect many Republicans would simply dismiss it as liberal propaganda.
But the account of Whitaker’s history by the nonpartisan Wikipedia elaborates on those activities that show what could be called nefarious goings on.
Wikipedia mentions Whitaker’s board membership of World Patent Marketing, a firm that the feds shut down because they were swindling would-be inventors of their life savings.
It also points out how the Wall Street Journal, in a Nov. 9 article, reported that the FBI that Whitaker now heads is conducting a criminal investigation of World Patent Marketing.
The fox is guarding the henhouse. – Ray Hollmann, Fairview Heights