Re: ‘Americans did decide’ (Oct. 10, 2021)
The purpose of my previous letter was to point out the huge discrepancy between Joe Biden’s “Those people will pay” reaction to the Border Patrol “whipping” story and his reaction to the drone strike he authorized that killed ten innocent civilians in Afghanistan.
The “whipping” story was disproved shortly after the media sensation it caused started. Paul Ratje, the photographer who took the photos, has clearly stated, “I didn’t ever see them whip anybody” (Newsweek). There are no whips in the photos. There are no scenes of immigrants being hit by whips, or by the alternative, reins.
As to Biden’s indifference to pursuing and holding accountable those behind the fatal drone strike in Afghanistan, maybe this is a reflection of his tenure in the Obama administration, where 542 drone strikes were conducted, killing 3,797 people, 324 of them innocent civilians (Micah Zenko, from Council on Foreign Relations).
Joan Beinschroth Paustell, Apple Valley
Pedestrians on a freeway?
Does anybody notice how much we spend on a wildlife bridge over a freeway and how little we spend on homes for the homeless? I saw a sign on a freeway that read, “Watch for Pedestrians.” There was a vacant field behind the freeway where homeless people may have lived.
Ken Churchill, Hesperia
“A.K Utqiagvik” repeats talking points and makes ad hominem attacks. When called out, he demands everyone “prove” things that most everyone already knows.
The FBI said it has evidence of collusion by the Proud Boys in their storming of the U.S. Capitol, including earpieces and walkie-talkies to direct movements. They also talked of wearing black to make people think they were Antifa. This is a matter of public record.
Donald Trump told followers, “Big protest in DC on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!” He and others incited the crowd with lies that Trump won the election “by a landslide,” but it was “stolen.” He then told them to march to the Capitol to “stop the steal” and “take their country back.” He promised he’d go but didn’t.
Inside, Congress gathered to certify the Electoral College vote, which the mob hoped to stop, falsely believing it’d keep Trump president. Capitol Police rushed members of Congress to safety as the mob stormed, chanting “Hang Mike Pence” because he didn’t unconstitutionally block certification. They built a gallows outside the building. All this, plus police beatings and building desecration, occurred on live TV, but “A.K.” demands “proof.”
Trump’s tax cuts for the rich did very little to help anyone else. Racism isn’t a “difference in point of view.” It discriminates against people via their skin color. FBI statistics show it has been on the rise since Trump was “elected.”
As for voter suppression laws, since January, over 30 laws have been passed in 18 states restricting the right to vote in some way, the most-infamous being SB 1 in Texas, where citizens can get $10,000 for just accusing a woman of having an abortion via another law.
Before you demand others do your homework, look up facts yourself.
Mike Ranger, Apple Valley
Progression of leadership
Since I first became eligible to vote in the 1964 national election, I can think of only three Republican presidents worth their salt in my lifetime: Eisenhower, Reagan and Trump.
I fully realize there are many on the left who will take issue with me about Trump, but no one can say he didn’t do, or at least tried to do, what he promised the American people: “To Make America Great Again.” He not only revitalized the economy, but he put respect once again on our allies and fear into our enemies.
When Trump drew a red line in the sand, there was no doubt that consequences would follow. When the Democrats draw a red line in the sand it’s just another empty threat. I vaguely remember Roosevelt, but Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Obama and, now, “Diaperman,” who, without the aid of a teleprompter and a makeshift TV set, has difficulty putting a simple thought together, will eventually lead us down the road to perdition. God help us!
William Cash, Victorville
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