The events that have taken place recently involving the arrest of a librarian and a visitor at a talk given in the Kansas City Library is shocking (10-6, A6, “Arrested librarian gets support from national group”). This is disturbing on several levels.
First would be the attempt, by a community that has suffered at the hands of bigotry for the past century or more, to quash free and honest discourse. I can understand their need for security, but for a hired police force to get involved in a nonthreatening debate smacks of totalitarian regimes of the recent past.
Do our police not understand who is in charge of affairs at our library? Is there not clear communication as to their responsibility?
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Or if their mission was to protect the speaker and audience from physical violence then what motivated them to monitor and direct the proceedings? Is this another case of police over reach?
Mark this down as another loss for the Jewish community and the Kansas City police.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is the only multibillionaire to run for president of the United States who makes his money through pursuing worldwide financial deals, taking risks, and ultimate building projects that enhance the landscape.
He is a doer and not just a taker. His taxes are far more complex than Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s and other wage earner types.
He is naturally reluctant to invite casual comparisons of his returns to a bunch of self-serving liberal attack specialists who would take out of context, distort and crucify every item. They search for ways to accuse and discredit him personally while helping to promote an untrustworthy, insincere, unworthy opponent who will continue to lead America down the declining path it has been pursuing.
Trump has identified his opponents, (the media and status quo elite of Washington, D.C., insiders), his goals (make America great again, remembering where we came from and how far we’ve gone astray) and (placing America first). His abhorrence of politically correct language has possibly led to some of his more outrageous responses to baiting, unnecessary questions, but you get what you ask for with Trump and not the usual evasive posturing of lifelong professional politicians.
I’m in the basket.
Third party option
Lately, the choruses of voices claiming that a vote for a third party is a wasted vote have grown louder. The logic goes, “a vote is wasted if it goes to a candidate with no chance to win.”
I submit that this form of reasoning is faulty at best. In the current 2016 presidential election, a vote for a third-party candidate is more meaningful than ever. Looking at the Real Clear Politics polling data for Missouri and Kansas in a four-way race Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leads by 10.6 percent in Missouri and by 12 percent in Kansas.
Given the electoral college system used by the United States the national popular vote is irrelevant on who wins the election. The electoral college votes are determined by the states.
With no chance to win, why is it that a vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is not as wasteful as a vote for a third party? However, the popular vote does matter to potential third parties.
Once a third party receives 5 percent of the national popular vote, it is eligible to receive federal election funding, which means its efforts can be spent campaigning and not just trying to get on the ballot.
That is not a waste.
I stand by Brother Ed Chasteen of Liberty in his efforts to oppose the candidacy of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump who represents the epitome of evil in this beloved land.