yes, the present tea party threaten to obstruct and subvert our system of laws
is a very low point.
@Open Minded MormonI made typo and meant freedom not
"freed"The number of poor has grown,The problems
minorities face have increased, culturally and societallym inner city problems
have increasedstrict gun laws have made Chicago, DV and other
places the murder capitals of the country. Rights of states has
decreased.Part time jobs with no benefits has increased while full
time jobs with benefit has decreased thanks to leftist policies Abraham lincoln was a republican not an extreme leftist,Democrats
creates reservation, caused the trail of tearsm put japanesze ans german
citizens in interment camps,The founding fathers were a different
kind of "liberal"Jesus and his prophets were a different
kind of "liberal" or "progressive"The modern notion
of "liberal" and "progressive" came directly from the communist
party, who called themselves liberals until it got a bad name then they called
them selves "progressives" infiltrated both parties colleges and
education system.So I am pretty sure Jesus and none of the prophets
are communists.The left has done much at a big price of loss of
personal freedoms, privacy, and property rights, and so forth.
Don, I grew up in Spanish Fork. I must admit that there are some really good
people there. I think that they genuinely care about those around them. I am a
gay person and sometimes, here in Utah, it feels like nobody cares. The Bishop
accross the street has never said one word to me in the fifteen years that I
have lived in my house! I miss the feeling that you get when you know that
others care. It doesn't always have to be money or food. I think our whole
country needs it. When people care, it brings hope and courage and we have a
reason to live our best! When we care, we listen more. We don't always have
a need to be right all of the time and we can bend a little. There have been
many who helped when I was sick. They didn't judge me or ask if I was
worthy of their help . They cared and they did it and I can never thank them
enough! We need to stop tearing each other down on a daily basis!
Sorry sir I'm waiting to talk to Santa Claus. In the mean time here's
one of the core problems,"Both parties are infected by
"progressivism".". To be a Republican or a Democrat is basically to
see the solutions to the countries problems through different lens, to call
progress an infection is a refusal to see the world at all. It's the
entrenched ignorance of an ideologue. The actual Jesus that lived
was a proclaimed Messiah who's core behaviors were intended to confront the
Roman culture and to change it in favor of the meek the lowly and the sinners.
What we call today progressivism.
@the truthHolladay, UTBut what has left done to improve the
condition of the poorto fix our cultural and societal ills,to make
the world a better place?========= YOUR Social Security
and YOUR Medicare for starters.Then there is National Parks and protected
wilderness.The Environmental Protection Agency.I could go on and on,
Then there are the other lefty progressives...Abraham
Lincoln who took a slave owners property and "Freed" them.The
Founding Fathers all very Liberal and very Progressive.If your are
LDS, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young - liberal, progressive.The ancient
Nephites and 1st century Christians.Jesus was crucified for being a
Liberal Progressive.Shall I continue?
What a great letter than managed to discuss the topic without bowing down to the
all too common trend of resorting to partisan rhetoric. It is a shame that
sentiment and restraint didn't make it's way into some of the comments
@Open Minded MormonThere is nothing "open minded" in your
comments, In fact I find them very narrow in view, and the same extreme
leftest rhetoric we have been hearing for years.In fact all the
commments here from the extreme left are all about blaming someone else making
them the enemy.Burt what has left done to improve the condition of
the poor to fix our cultural and societal ills,to make the world a
better place?In practice, in reality they are all about gaining
power and control, destroying freed and liberty and making money. All there
policies have been about these things. There side has been a big
lie too.Both parties are infected by "progressivism".We do need to appeal to a higher authority.
Maudine - I can't speak for Don but it seems to me that the current
"great problem" we are facing is that every one seems to be distrustful
of the guy next door and the vitriolic language we hear on the radio and read on
these pages is evidence of that. Instead of sitting down together and
recognizing that most of our problems effect us all in some way (are you
listening Congress?) we have people trying to solve their problems with a gun.
We live in a "me first" world and until we recognize that we are all
God's children - equal in every way in His eyes - we will continue to
flounder as a nation and our problems will only get worse, not better.
I think both the GOP and Dems are to blame. Both parties have their faults. I
would rather people finally stand to both of them and say we have had enough and
we will vote for someone else, if the people in office cannot fix our problems
economy etc. they need to be replaced. I for one do not vote for someone based
on a letter by their name. I look at the individual and study what their plan is
if elected. I encourage others to do the same.
But can the U.S. survive the GOP's insane attempt to destroy the government
and the economy? Really, Utah, you keep sending these people to Washington.
Can't you see where they're headed?
We should pray that common sense economic solutions be sought after, ethics
reforms be established, and the military industrial complex which desires war,
but subdued. We cannot survive anymore with the 1 percent earning
everything and then throwing their employees onto food stamps because they
don't want to pay them a decent wage. We cannot survive anymore
with big banks, "Too Big to Fail." We need to break them up and STRONGLY
regulate them and Wall Street (unlike the repubs want to do. They want the banks
to "self-regulate." Yeah, like that's going to work...).We need to establish laws which tie employee salary and benefits directly with
the CEOs. No more tripling the CEO's salary and benefits while cutting the
employees' salaries and benefits.We cannot survive anymore with
corporations being treated as people. Sorry, but the Super-Pacs must go. No more
Citizens United nonsense! Overturn it immediately.We need to slice
the bloated defense budget to common sense levels. We are spending more right
now than we ever did during the Cold War. Ridiculous. Finally, I
pray for our President, regardless of skin color and political party
"He who knows all"...you mean Donald Trump has been alive that long?
Our flag was still there in the War of 1812 and at the bottom of the WTC. We
survived space disasters, presidential assassinations and many other things.
This country is still great.
"Our country has witnessed many crises since 1776 and has remarkably
survived them all. The present one seems to be one of the most
critical...."========= Which "one" are you
talking about?A complete meltdown of our economy?12 years of
War in the Middle East?A totally inept Congress?A soaring
deficit?orby your tone, and from what I hear on talk radio and
Republicans I can only assume only "one" other thing -- the black
Democrat in the WhiteHouse.Who - BTW - I pray for him each and
everyday.I pray he can get SOMETHING done with the stonewalling, do
nothing Congress he has to work with, who is still more focused and interested
in making HIM [one] fail, than America [350 million of us] succeed.
There is a lot of TV shows on about the supernatural. To be there is a lot of
evidence there is life after life. There is a lot of people that has gone on to
the after life. So as it is hear on earth there are o lot of good people and a
lot of bad ones. I like the thought that some one up there is watching out for
me. I think I should say thanks, thanks for watching out for every one
that's on my mind. Weather there alive or dead, their still in my heart and
in my head. You matter That's the spirit of things. It's going to take
an act of God to make things better.
And what exactly is this great problem you think is so bad?
You're welcome to privately pray all you want, but for real-world problem
solving I'd much prefer that people calmly and thoughtfully discuss
real-world evidence and respect the truth.
Persectly said. Thanks for your thoughts Don. We should all heed your