Saturday, August 15, 2020

Reading the Newspaper

 With a lot of time on my hands, and still restricted from much physical activity, I have been reading our daily newspaper much more thoroughly these days. I can't tell you that is a good thing, necessarily, since the news these days is not very uplifting, but I do feel much more informed, and that's a good thing. 

This was Friday's headline. The attack on our national postal service is very worrisome to me. The right to vote, and reversely, voter suppression, are top issues for me. I support with a monthly donation an organization called Let America Vote. 

That our president would actively work to undercut our constitutionally guaranteed Postal Service, a service that is vital to many,  as a means to suppress votes and gain re-election is abhorrent to me. It smacks of authoritarian government tactics that we see in non-democratic nations around the world. Make no mistake, Donald Trump is an authoritarian by nature and would love to be President for life. Authoritarians use whatever means they can to stay in power.

A current example, also in the news now, is Belarus, where the dictator Lukashenko has just "won" another term. Of course these are rigged elections, and this time it looks like the Belorussians have had enough. The protests are growing despite the police brutality to suppress them, and in today's paper, the oppressive tactics seem to be easing as the protests grow. There may be hope there. 

I have read quite a bit about Kamala Harris, our new Vice Presidential candidate, and I find her well qualified and impressive. Of course, impressive women become instant targets so the racist, misogynistic slurs, disrespect, and fear mongering are already in full force. The latest is the new "birther" movement. Since her parents were not citizens, the claim is that she in not an American and therefore not qualified to hold office. But the law is clear. She was born in the United States, and therefore she is a citizen. 

You may have heard about the new Georgia candidate for the US House of Representatives, Marjorie Taylor Greene. She is a construction company executive who spouts anti-Semitic, racist, and xenophobic views. She ascribes to the conspiracy theories of QAnon. Now QAnon is hard to define, but it appears to be one source who posts on social media and has a huge following. The gist of the message is that Trump is battling a cabal of deepstate saboteurs who worship Satan and traffic children for sex. Remember Pizza Gate? There's more, but that's about as deep as I need to dig to wonder at the mind that can embrace such thinking. Yet millions do. And candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene appears to be unstoppable to be elected in November. 

And there you have a smattering of the news I have been reading about. It all sounds so dismal, but there are a few things we can do. First, when you get your ballot for the November election, treat it like the precious document it is, vote early, and send it off safely. Then, and more urgent, consider contacting your own US Representative and Senators about your concern for the USPS and our upcoming election. There are things Congress can do, but time is running out, and they need to act now. 


  1. Well said, Linda! I am very concerned about the current occupant of the White House and have given more than I should have to Biden's campaign. I believe our very democracy is at stake in this next election, and apparently Trump will stop at nothing to suppress our votes. I read the NYT online every day, along with the Washington Post and that's about all I can handle. I also watch the PBS Newshour every weekday. And I value my connection with my blogging buddies very much, like you! Keep on getting better every day. Your health is crucial! :-)

  2. You have a handle on the issue. It seems that far too many people are keeping their mouths shut when it comes to the control of Trump.

  3. I am concerned about the media and all the false reporting...not sure what to believe anymore:)

  4. I agree, it's a dismal state in our country now...reading or watching the news is depressing but we must vote!

  5. I find Georgia a scary place even though there are people I love who live there.
    I really don't understand how Trump gets away with some of the things he does and says. He is repressive and mean.
    He has harmed our country's standing in the world and he he has just plain harmed our country with his version of greatness. Yet there are those in power that enable him. Why?

  6. I think what amazes me the most is that Trump doesn't even try to hide his underhanded tactics to steal the election. He really does believe as he once said that he can shoot someone on 5th ave and not lose a vote. The blindness of his followers is scary.
    I am going to contact my representatives about this blatant mailing interference. I have several family members employed by the PO and they are not amused.

  7. It is just shocking how bad Trump is. I used to admire the guy, but not anymore.

  8. I tend to get my news from Twitter, which sounds like a poor choice, but one does get both sides of an issue. Unfortunately our MSM, here in Canada too, have become partisan rather than fully researching before reporting the news. The QAnon stuff scares the hell out of me, and we're seeing it here too. Just recently we had a proponent of these ideas smash his way through the gates at Rideau Hall (the grounds where our Prime Minister and Governor General live), using his truck to ram the gates. In his vehicle were a number of guns, but he was arrested after 90 minutes of conversation with the RCMP officers. He has stated he was there to "talk" to the PM....his actions and guns would suggest otherwise. The news media called him a "friendly sausage maker", but his profile and posts told a far different story.

    IQ45 us a frightening and disgusting man and I think more Americans are seeing him that way. I'm certainly cheering on the Biden/Harris campaign.

    Take care and stay well.


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