Belleville News-Democrat (Sunday) - - Opinion -


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


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


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


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

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