Asa and Trump
Asa Hutchinson called Donald Trump's remarks about the judge overseeing the case against his phony university as "antithetical" to what America stands for. However, that won't stop Hutchinson from supporting Trump as the GOP's nominee for president. In recent comments regarding his support of Trump, Gov. Hutchinson said, "Yes, I will support the nominee of the Republican Party because the Republican Party is the best framework to improve our economy, protect our freedoms and assure a strong defense."
Improve our economy? Really? Has the governor noticed what Republican policies have done to our economy over the past 30 or so years? All the GOP has in terms of economic policy is "Reaganomics." That's it! And we see where that approach has led us. As far as protecting our freedoms, the only freedom we see the GOP trying to protect these days is the freedom of some to legally discriminate against others. Asa also thinks the GOP is better at maintaining a strong defense. Well, we spend more than every other country combined on our national defense, and have been doing so for decades. However, our list of enemies and their potential for doing us harm seems to be increasing. Also, I thought Republicans were against simply "throwing money" at a problem. Go figure.
Sorry, Asa, your stated reasons for sticking with Trump don't hold water. At least be honest about your real reasons for supporting him.
Sanders was for democracy
Last month, Gene Lyons feigned nonchalance about the election season, claiming he wasn't "angry enough to participate fully in the festivities." This month, he suddenly goes postal on Bernie Sanders, hurling invectives every which way: "Trotskyite," "damned fool," "children's crusade," "poisonous," "crackpot opinions," etc. He even throws in some sexual innuendo for good measure.
Yes, Mr. Lyons, you're engaging in McCarthyism. You're also completely ignoring the fact that the real centers of power in this country are corporate entities and moneyed special interests, not the government. They call the shots. We don't. That's what Sanders is trying to fix. It's not "Trotskyism" he's fighting for. It's democracy.
Both mainstream parties have become just one: the Business Party. And the stench of corporate corruption has overrun every lever of power in this country, including the electoral process.
And the voters smell it. They know something's really wrong with the system itself. That's why they seek someone willing to institute radical change like Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. It's a last ditch attempt to initiate change from the top down.
Both parties have contributed to an economic decline that's seen wages for the working class stagnate for the last 30 years, while the uber-rich are enjoying a new gilded age. The military gets a $600 billion budget and half of all discretionary spending, while college students are strapped with a whopping trillion-dollar debt.
Crass partisanship is the real "children's crusade" because it only perpetuates this sad state of affairs. It plays right into the hands of the corporate state, which actively seeks a divided, polarized citizenry.
The Alcoholics Anonymous definition of "insanity" is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. Such are our elections.
So, yes, we need a revolution. The only real way to get corporate and special interest money out of government and return power to the people is by mass revolt and sustained acts of civil disobedience.
So rant all you want, Mr. Lyons. In the end, change will come from the bottom up, not from the top down.
From the web:
In response to last week's cover story, "A mother and child disunion":
The Adoption and Safe Families Act needs to be abolished. It incentivizes removing children from families instead of providing services, traumatizing parents and the children it's supposed to be helping. It also incentivizes adoption over family preservation. [Lisa] Rushing's treatment at the hands of children's services is common even for parents who aren't in prison.
States are making money off of children in foster care and even more money from severing parental rights and getting kids adopted. Many social workers deliberately interfere with parents' efforts to regain their children (many of whom should never have been taken in the first place) by placing insurmountable barriers, endless hoops to jump through and refusing to grant even a smidge of leeway for things like having to miss a class or court appearance in order to keep the job the parent is required to have.
Abolishing the Adoption and Safe Families Act would be a great first step in fixing the horrendously broken foster care system.
In response to Gene Lyons' June 11 column, "Democratic endgame":
Well, another doozy! The Donald has nothing over Gene Lyons. Sure, free speech is priceless, whether practiced by progressives like Bernie Sanders, hypocrites like Hillary Clinton, or by McCarthyites like The Donald and Gene. Gene really does not like anyone who disagrees with him or, God forbid, anyone on the left. Or who is an intellectual. Brainy folks. He literally believes that red-baiting is legitimate behavior in a democracy! Any discussion of economic and social equality makes Gene sick.
Citizen: Do you realize that every one of your statements about Lyons is false? You're just pissed because you don't agree with him. Lyons loves to point out pointless behavior. It's just one of his many qualities that keeps me reading. This week, it happens to be Bernie being skewered. Next week, it might be Trump, or some dumb-ass cattle ranchers. In my opinion, there are three great political columnists working today: Gene Lyons, Roger Simon and Joe Klein. All straight shooters. None of them would write anything that they didn't believe. None of them allows anger to dictate his writing. Lyons writes from the heart. If you don't agree with him, that's fine. I'm sure he doesn't mind.
A shameful article, full of vitriol, language that would suit a Trump. Like many others, I find Bernie Sanders' views not only refreshing, but necessary in the political oligarchy the Republicans and Democrats are expecting us to believe is a modern, viable democracy. And, like most of my ilk, I will hold my nose and vote Democratic in November, simply because not doing so will benefit Trump.
An actor who plays Glenn Brannon in the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's production "Windfall" was misidentified in a cutline that ran with his photograph last week's issue of the Arkansas Times. His name is Ray Wills.