Exactly how are Democrats running America?

It’s exhausting trying to beat back the deliberate misinformation from Trumpsters nowadays. However, Bill Botts letter from Aug. 11 must be rebutted with facts and condemnation.

Firstly, Mr. Botts is a resident of Maui. Why is he writing to The Garden Island about large national issues of right versus left? Tend to your own garden, sir. We’ll manage ours here.

He states that “leftism” should be our greatest fear. As far as I can tell in America, the biggest places “leftism” has manifested are the Postal Service, Social Security and Medicare. Yes, many of us want to be inclusive and get along but we learned that in preschool, not some “leftism training manual.”

Next, he states that the Democratic Party is running America. Really? Last I noticed, GOP controls the presidency, both houses of Congress, most of the judiciary at a federal level and most recent SCOTUS rulings have leaned to the right.

Thirty-three of 50 state governorships are Republican and most of those have state houses that also veer right. How are the Democrats running America?

The “leftist media and education system” is something he rants about. Let’s look at the right-wing media complex: InfoWars, Breitbart, Fox News, and about 16,000 conservative leaning radio stations that feature Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and more throughout the country.

The left has a couple evening shows on MSNBC, a couple winks per week from NPR and a few notable bloggers and podcasters. It is true that more educated people become, the more likely they are to vote Democratic. You could look at that and say it’s evidence of a leftist education system. You could also dig further and realize that often facts happen to have a liberal bias.

Then Mr. Botts talks about the “left’s obstruction.” In all these state houses and our Congress, bills from Democrats don’t even make it to a vote. If the GOP could organize their caucus, they could pass nationally anything they’ve ever wanted right now.

Instead, their focus has been a tax bill for the wealthiest and covering for a corrupt president and his administration.

Mr. Botts ends with two ridiculous claims. One is that we’re just “blaming Trump” for our “unhappiness.” Many of us were a lot happier when his administration wasn’t bowing to Russia or child snatching.

He bears a little responsibility. Also, the #walkaway hashtag he promotes had been proven to be a tool of Russian bots looking to influence the midterms. Good work, Comrade Botts!

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Jason Blake is a resident of Puhi.

19 Comments
  1. Just Saying August 14, 2018 3:26 am Reply

    Jason, an outstanding rebuttal. The utter fail of former republican values being included in what is simply a national deconstruction of a black president’s legacy has to be blamed on the imaginary!
    The hope of getting some extra money at everyone else’s expense or perhaps a slight uptick in antiabortion policies is all it takes for them to turn a blind eye towards trump’s racism, sexism, and religious bigotry not to mention the stupendous demagoguery at these rallies and Twitter!

    It’s NOT their finest hour!


  2. alien August 14, 2018 4:03 am Reply

    Us against them
    When the ignorance comes from within
    To think one side is moral and the other is hate
    Misguided in you political faith
    Both parties take us to illegal wars
    Both parties sleep with the cooperate whore
    Both parties steal away democracy
    To think your side is better is pure stupidity.


    1. Just Saying August 14, 2018 2:12 pm Reply

      It’s “corporate” by the way and since we’re on the subject, with what “corporate whore” brand of computer did you send this message? Inquiring minds may wish to know!


    2. Jason Blake August 14, 2018 3:21 pm Reply

      I get that you think you’re deeper than me but this battle isn’t being fought solely on the spiritual realm. It’s being fought here on Earth in the political realm. If you don’t think there’s a scale of good and evil and one side is further along this, you are deeply deluded.


  3. randy kansas August 14, 2018 4:25 am Reply

    Postal Service, Social Security and Medicare are all broke, broken and have billions in unfunded liability…not something to crow about for sure….a life/world where everything is “free”, does not work when you start running out o everyone else’s money;

    good points, and agree with some of them, but not all that accurate…


    1. Just Saying August 14, 2018 2:15 pm Reply

      Kindly explain how Social Security, typically paid into for 45 working years, is “everyone else’s money!”


  4. a. kauaian August 14, 2018 9:32 am Reply

    My questions for Mr. Botts: the folly of your rantings appears to have no justification; why did you write this letter? What is its purpose? And what was your purpose in submitting it to the Kauai newspaper?

    Mr. Bott’s use of terms such as “the left” and “leftism” and “leftist” are clearly meant, from his point of view, as derogatory and as slurs. I address my comment to Mr. Botts and to people who think the way he does: I am a liberal-thinking and liberal-voting person. And I am super, extremely proud of that because I like who I am. I am tolerant, accepting, and respectful of people of faiths and ethnic backgrounds that are different from mine and I am a good citizen of my country. I am a proud American.

    Recommended reading for ALL Americans, not slanted in any direction: Joe Lieberman, “Why Congress Can’t Fix Even The Small Things.”


  5. harry oyama August 14, 2018 9:44 am Reply

    Those liberal Democrats are equally bad as the Republicans for illogical immigration policies similar to European countries like Sweden with “no go” Muslim “Sharia” type sites, riots, crime, rapes of immigrants getting free medical and sapping the social support system dry. They threaten the very fabric that Sweden was known for only to be replaced by backward extremist barbaric lifestyle from where they came from.

    Trump is correct in wanting to deport a vast majority of these illegal immigrants, something these brain dead liberals have no idea of the danger they pose for the stability of this nation


    1. Just Saying August 14, 2018 2:29 pm Reply

      The Democratic Party’s stance on immigration has no resemblance to the Swedish policy on Migration and Asylum Feb 2018 https://www.government.se/491b2f/contentassets/84c1ec8c729f4be384a5ba6dddeb0606/swedens-migration-and-asylum-policy
      which is directed at a very different situation that has no resemblance to Harry Oyama’s description.

      Oh BTW, the crime rate of undocumented migrants is much lower than the crime rate within trump’s own family!


    2. Jason Blake August 14, 2018 3:29 pm Reply

      Harry, this is deluded: His letter had nothing to do with immigration. Get off the Fox News crack pipe and diversify your news consumption.


  6. Knowitall August 14, 2018 11:28 am Reply

    The Russian narrative is getting old. Obama was aware that the Russians were attempting to influence the elections. He chose to do nothing. I guess that makes him guilty of being a Russian agent. Comrade Obama who help Trump get elected? Also the biggest concern is that the Trump campaign sought Russian help by getting Hillary’s deleted emails?? Emails that should never have been deleted to begin with! A foreign country had to release the corrupt witches actual emails that were required by law to have been released by her!
    Tired of the left and right BS! No political party is on your side people! Vote independent


  7. Just Saying August 14, 2018 2:36 pm Reply

    I’m sorry Mr. Trumpster, you are not an independent. Not when you produce a paragraph full of namecalling partisan misinformation that you never fact checked. You are a fully qualified trumpster!


  8. a.kauaian August 14, 2018 3:15 pm Reply

    Really, Mr. Oyama — “brain dead liberals”? Shame on you!! Does talk like that make you feel good? Do you think you are superior? You are not. It shows only that you are lacking in class and in civility to other people. So sad …


  9. Jason Blake August 14, 2018 3:32 pm Reply

    Afraid to use your real name Knowitall, you are wrong: A) Obama went to the gang of 8 to alert the people of America that Russia was meddling. Mitch McConnell said he’d say it was Obama’s partisan effort to meddle in the election if he announced it alone. B) The full extent of the Russian interference is still coming to light. Most things weren’t known before the election.

    Get off the Fox News crack pipe and diversify your news sources. https://www.vox.com/2018/7/14/17571426/mueller-indictment-russians-democrats-obama


  10. George Ho August 14, 2018 4:48 pm Reply

    Stop the snowflake whining and focus on the issues. No, that doesn’t mean blaming the president out of reflex like the mainstream media tells you to do. Think for yourselves. Someone wrote Obama legacy…it is a legacy alright – worst healthcare prices in history, worse debt is US history, total ignorance of voter fraud, 180 degree spin on border security (the videos are out there on Youtube showing Hitlery, Feinstein and Obama all demanding increased border security but now blame Trump for all the border issues. Kenyan Obama is the clown that started the whole DACA debacle.
    The title should be how the dems are ruining America.


    1. Just Saying August 15, 2018 1:52 pm Reply

      “Birthers,” despite being racists through and through, have these frequent and stupendous celebrations of ignorance! In this case. one of these blithers on about “Mainstream Media” which only logically defines his sources as “NON-Mainstream Media.” That group gets it’s title not from offering alternative political biases as Birther Ho believes; but, for not meeting basic journalistic standards!


  11. I saw a Vampire once August 14, 2018 6:00 pm Reply

    The democrats are for the community. People. I think democrats should think everyone has a choice. Free enterprise is based on product differentiation. The dumbos is weeded out. Who can provide the better quality product? Republicans. Samsung Korean made product, yet Americans buys those gadgets. Work hard, spend hard. What’s wrong? Democrats were always peasants. Union were ever republicans. Back home from a restaurant, news time because it’s fun. Republicans are wanted.


  12. harry oyama August 15, 2018 8:01 pm Reply

    https://www.valuewalk.com/2018/01/sweden-deploy-army-no-go-zones/

    Here you go liberals, why are the Swedes considering deploying the military into 55 “no go” areas where the majority are Muslim immigrants that threaten the stability of that country? They have become a threat to other European countries as well, like Germany if you haven’t forgotten the rapes and groping of white women by Muslim men and rioting, burning of cars.

    The only way to stop this threat is by tightening up immigration laws and increased deportations. Take in only those who assimulate, not those that demand free section 8 housing, medical, dental, EBT and pensions which should go to disable veterans first, who sacrificed for this country. Liberals want these degenerates because they are stupid, lazy and most likely to vote Democrat, but in the end as in Sweden, will bite the hand that feeds it and probably will have to use the military to clean up this mess.


  13. Just Sayintg August 16, 2018 2:31 pm Reply

    Oh boy, Harry wants to scare everyone with a situation the United States does not even face. Our immigration, migration and asylum issues are quite different and unrelated to Sweden and European countries. Would you go overseas and try to scare the Swedish or the Europeans with stories about hardships in Central America increasing migration via Mexico? Why would they care? Stop being ridiculous!


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