to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the Editor
I’m glad to know that Trump is not considered “the prayerful considerate
people in Idaho County’s Savior,” but rather, as Bonnie said in her Letter
to the Editor last week, that Jesus Christ is your Savior.
It is the same Jesus Christ that gave us the Ninth Commandment:
“Thou shalt not lie.” My parents (and I’m sure yours), as well as
the Benedictine nuns, taught me that commandment. They would have
washed my mouth out with soap if they had caught me lying.
Now we have a president who feels he is above Christianity and doesn’t
abide by it. According to reputable reporters at both The New York
Times and The Washington Post who have been documenting it, from January
till the end of July he has lied approximately 115 times. The
few days he hasn’t lied are when he’s been absent from twitter, vacationing
at one of his resorts, or out golfing. Why have “the prayerful considerate
people in Idaho County” turned a deaf ear to his lies?
If you search for truth, Bonnie, as you said in your Letter, you can
hardly find it from Trump, and if you support your leader or president,
no matter who it is, then my guess is that you would have also supported
Nixon and Hitler.
Clearwater County is considering dumping their building ordinance.
Good for them. An article in Tuesdays Tribune on the subject referred to
my dad, Grampa John Brandt, as a gun-toting protester. Private property
rights were very important to him along with the rest of our liberties
including right to bear arms and he did protest the loss of any freedom.
However, he was not gun-toting. He never owned a gun and I never saw him
40 years ago Dad and a few others led the battle to keep Idaho County
free of building permits. I believe we have done well letting the owners
control their private property. Most people build to reasonable standards
anyway and property values are at least equal to surrounding counties.
Dad liked to say,"Idaho County is what America was." I hope Clearwater
County chooses to join us. Thanks.
No. 121 - 8/14/2017
Let's try to make some sense about the things that are happening in
our world and in our country today. And at the same time, be reminded of
lessons that history can teach us!
First, "Those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed
to repeat them."Second, "You have to know the past, to understand the present,
and to predict the future."
And we might also give some thought to another phenomenon that shows
up repeatedly in history. That observation tells us that a large
and significant number of people tend to latch onto a person or idea which
becomes popular at the time. Once that adoption is complete, the followers,
like sheep, will tag along in support of ideas they would not even think
of in amore intelligent and thoughtful time. My own conclusion here, but
I claim it is true!
Consider the German people as one example! Normally a brilliant
and logical group, we note that somehow, Adolf Hitler managed to mesmerize
a huge segment of their society, and eventually convince them to do things
no normal individual would consider allowing to happen! The millions
of Jews, men, women, and children, lured into gas chambers, where they
died horrible deaths, lost the gold in their teeth to the guards, then
were dozed into
mass graves is probably one of history's most vivid examples!
But there are others! WWI, with its months of trench warfare,
where weekly gains and losses were measured in yards, with soldiers living
in trenches filled with mud, and blood, and dead body parts, yet still
willing to attempt the next suicidal move through bullets and barb wire
in the next ordered attempt to take the next trench. Read ALL
IS QUIET ON THE WESTERNFRONT, considered by literary experts to be one
of the most realistic of all war novels, to get a true picture of what
that war was all about! That despite the fact that individual soldiers
and people from both sides often came together and shared moments of realization
that the entire war was insane and made no sense!
And how does the history of socialism compare to the remarkable progress
made in our own country since its birthday in 1776? Study the following
examples to get clues from the past!
Consider the post WWII history of Berlin and Germany. Divided after
the war between the free enterprise allies in the western portion
and the Soviet socialists controlling the eastern part, what was the result?
The record shows that the Communist east had to build a wall to prevent
their workers from leaving their "worker's paradise" and fleeing in every
way possible to their western neighbors who were more free and economically
so much better off.
Or the amazing progress made by Hong Kong during its 100 years of freedom
from Communist China before it was absorbed back into that country in the
1990s, Tens of thousands of citizens in the Communist mainland voted with
their feet annually, leaving for the freedom and prosperity offered them
by the small and crowded but free city of Hong Kong.
The historical record testifies to the same experience in Cuba and
in Venezuela today!
So why has socialism with its past failures become so popular in our
country and around the world today? Could it be that we have failed to
note those past failures, or have closed our eyes to their record? Are
we doomed to repeat those tragic results because we follow a modern pied
piper who will cost us our freedom and lead us to economic ruin?
What do you think?
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