|Howard Silver - 10-2020|
Ignoring "Promotions" - But Still, Donate!
When I look at my Email each morning on Gmail (I also get some via AOL but my Email “mainline” is Gmail), the first thing I do is segregate all of those in the “Promotions” category and delete them. That takes care of about two thirds of the incoming Email. Because of the algorithms built into the system, these are from sources which know I agree with them and invariably end up asking for money. I do indeed make an occasional donation, but never via a “promotions” message source. My recent donations have gone to the Democratic Senate candidates in Kentucky and Texas, both deserving of support in close races as well as to the Kos website itself, which “aggregates” many progressive articles. I also have subscribed to Boston College Professor Heather Cox Richardson’s “Letters from an American” site which does the best job on the entire internet spectrum of summing up the day’s political activities. Once rid of "promotions," Email is easier to handle.JL
This morning, I posted the following on Professor Heather Cox Richardson's daily newsletter, "Letters from an American," and for those of you who don’t read it, here it is:
For years I have been calling those who vote for Trump "gullible." I have been correct. A recent survey suggests that almot 50% of Republicans believe the conspiracy fictions that QAnon spreads, with or without the QAnon label. Two weeks before Election Day, it is time to stop playing defense against the President's lies and those of his supporters. They are intended to take our eyes off of the ball, which is something the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger didn't do the other evening. It will take at least Biden's full term in office and a strong Senate majority to undo the harm perpetrated upon the United States by "the gullible." Let's hit a home run on Nov. 3, and that doesn't get done by wasting time countering GOP diversions.
The recent survey I refer to can be found at https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/10/20/new-yahoo-newsyougov-poll-half-of-trump-supporters-believe-qanons-imaginary-claims/24657054/
Jewish Support of Trump
Many of the Jews still supporting Trump are doing so because they believe Republicans are better for Israel. Jewish Republican groups sponsor TV commercials locally which are nauseating. Here are some points for these folks to consider.
Israel establishing diplomatic relations with some of the Gulf States only formalized something that has been going on for years. And any supposed West Bank settlement concessions Netanyahu made in connection with this are only in the “I’ll think about it” stage and merely cosmetic. Nothing new there for Trump to brag about.
Moving the U.S. embassy at this time to Jerusalem, where it ultimately belongs, made negotiations with the Palestinians more difficult and strengthened the position of Hamas and Hezbollah. Nothing for Trump to brag about, at all.
Historically, look at the administrations during which attempts at real progress was made in the Middle East: (1) The Egypt / Israel Peace Agreement was reached during the Carter administration in 1979. (2) The Oslo Peace Accords between Israel and the Palestinians were reached during the Bush, Sr. administration in 1992. And (3) The Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty was reached during the Clinton administration in 1994. Our support of Israel has never, until Trump, been a politicized issue.
True, some of these did not work out as well as expected, but that is no reason to claim that Republicans are better for Israel. And while all of our administrations have given Israel military support, the largest military aid package ever given to Israel came during the Obama administration.
And if you happen to know any anti-Semites, think about whom they support and see how they shut up when you mention Charlottesville. Nothing there for Trump to brag about either. He thinks there were a lot of fine people on BOTH sides.
And while on the subject of Israel, as for Protestant Evangelical support for the Jewish State, I believe it exists only because they believe the existence of the State of Israel is a theological prerequisite for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and not for any other reason. Trump covets their votes.
"You don’t know what it’s like, having the IRS call you a couple of times a week, all hours of the day, and filling your mailbox with threatening letters. I gotta tell ya, I was losing sleep over it. Ya know, they can garnishee your wages, take your house, take your bank account, it’s awful.
But then I called the number on those TV ads for Maxima Tax Relief. I owed IRS over $140,000,000 in income tax they said I never paid… but Maxima got it reduced to $1500, paid over two years, $750 a year. What a relief. Now I can sleep again. And I have the paperwork to prove it!"Satisfied Customer DJT