to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
No. 66 7/25/2016
Wow! We have survived one week of national nominating conventions!
Now, the question is, can we survive another? For those who sat through
hours of speeches praising the ability of Donald Trump, the challenge now
is to give equal time to Democrats, gathering this week to go through similar
steps to officially nominate Hillary Clinton! I am sure they are hoping
that one time primary opponent Bernie Sanders will not stir up the ranks
like Ted Cruz did when his excellent speech on party principles did not
include a wild endorsement of Trump!
Which certainly creates some questions in my mind! Just how legitimate
are these wildly endorsing speeches praising their nominees anyway? Donald's
current wife, Melania, did an excellent job in the opinion of most listeners
during her time at the podium, causing some observers to remark that she
is a better campaigner than Donald! Then, however, we hear that she used
one of Michelle Obama's sentences almost word for word! Horrors! Obvious
plagiarism! But no... wait a minute! She did not write her own speech we
are told, so any blame would have to be on her speech writer, er... several
speech writers! Either they did the copying, or failed to realize the close
nature of the comment, and should have deleted it from the text! So, no
way could Melania be to blame! So, do we accept the bulk of her moving
speech to be genuine, or just the group work of a bunch of paid speech
Myself, I hope that her remarks were her own, or at least represented
her true feellings on the subject of her husband of 18 years! And as far
as the similarity to something Michelle Obama may have said years ago,
I claim that Shakespeare's "Much ado about nothing!" is most appropriate
here! At one time or another, we all have been impressed by a certain combination
of words that stick in our mind, to show up at a later date with no link
to a possible duplicate speaker years ago! I myself have frequently used
the phrase "Freedom is the key!" when discussing a key ingredient of America's
remarkable progress in freedom and prosperity the last few hundred years,
and I quickly admit that that phrase was used by a former student of mine
in a speech that she gave! Ouch! Do I owe an apology for using it? Was
it plagiarism? Or maybe she had picked it up from one of my comments earlier!
And the non-endorsement of Trump by Ted Cruz controversy! Wow! What
a lame critique! Cruz was my candidate all along because he and Mike Lee
of Utah were my heroes last year when they filibustered the legislative
effort to one more time raise the debt ceiling! For that effort, he incurred
the wrath of establishment Republicans! And I am convinced that is one
of the reasons he gained the following he did, as both he and Trump profited
from the total frustration the public demonstrated this year with establishment
government. Frankly, I admired Cruz for not falling in line, prostituting
the conservative values he represented, by enthusiastically endorsing Trump!
For all in the know admit that Trump has not been a true conservative in
the past, and will possibly embarrass true conservatives in the future!
I hope not, but am very suspicious!
May I ask a serious question? Have we not all had our fill with "political
correctness?" We know that the good Lord saw fit to make each and every
one of us different, DIFFERENT I say! Therefore, where any two are gathered
together, there is most certainly going to be a difference of opinion now
and then! Maybe even serious at times! Is this not the glory of creation?
Frankly, I object to the socialist "herd attitude" towards individuals
that tends to assume we are all the same, and can be treated and cared
for the same! And I truly admire a man like Ted Cruz who can take an unpopular
position, and then stick to it through thick and thin! So no criticism
from me from his failure to endorse Donald Trump!
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