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Jack is a graduate of Rutgers University where he majored in history. His career in the life and health insurance industry involved medical risk selection and brokerage management. Retired in Florida for over two decades after many years in NJ and NY, he occasionally writes, paints, plays poker, participates in play readings and is catching up on Shakespeare, Melville and Joyce, etc.

Saturday, March 9, 2024

March 9, 2024 - Political Stuff and a Letter About Ending Wars


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Political Stuff

President Biden’s State of the Union address on Thursday was a great success.  He pointed out the challenges his administration was attempting to meet, what it has accomplished, and where it was heading.  Neither did he duck the difficult problems the nation faces on our Southern border, in Ukraine and in Gaza, but took a positive approach to them.  He spoke of the necessity of defending and preserving democracy everywhere, from Russia’s designs on Ukraine to the attack on our Capitol on January 6. 2021.  And most of all, he did not appear anywhere close to the doddering old man his opponents, particularly on Fox News, paint him.  He looked and sounded strong.
Joe Laying it on the Line

He took his gloves off in referring to his ‘predecessor in office,’ pounding on Trump’s avoiding a solution for the immigration problem in order to keep it as a campaign issue, and his ignoring the danger of Vladimir Putin to the rest of Europe.  The presence of the Prime Minister of Sweden, NATO’s latest addition, emphasized this. He gave the Supreme Court Justices sitting there a dirty look because of their decisions leading to more delay in the litigation involving his predecessor and their reversal of Roe vs Wade.  And in the balcony with the First Lady were women benefitting from Biden’s accomplishments as well as those harmed by his predecessor’s positions.

The Republicans sat silently through most of the speech, except for the grotesque clown from Georgia, with her MAGA hat, whom most Republicans wish would crawl back into her hole.  Most won’t say it, but even though it works in her district, her coarseness hurts their party nationwide. When she interrupted the President about a recent murder of a woman by an illegal immigrant, Biden flipped her position by pointing out that the bi-partisan legislation, squelched by order of his predecessor and opponent in eight months, was designed to address the kind of problem.  Throughout Biden’s speech, House Speaker Johnson had a pained expression on his face, as if he were constipated.  And the G.O.P. TV rebuttal by Alabama Senator Katie Britt from her kitchen (another slap at women’s rights) was at best pathetic. They probably couldn’t get a better-known Republican to take on Biden.

It was a good night for Democrats.

Meanwhile, while Donald John Trump was busy winning Republican primaries, it should be noted that a considerable number of Republicans were not voting for him in those contests.  I don’t think very many of them who had supported other possible nominees, especially Ms. Haley, will be very eager to vote for Trump in November.  Most will not be voting for President Biden, but a goodly number might just not vote at all.

On the other side of the coin, President Biden is himself presently losing some supporters because of his backing of Israel’s war against Hamas and his waffling on our immigration policy on our Southern border.  This opposition will probably return to the Democrat’s ‘big tent’ by November 5 because these voters realize that Donald John Trump’s positions on these issues, which he rarely addresses specifically, would be much more unacceptable than the President’s.

More evidence that Donald John Trump lives in a fantasy world is the fairyland palace in which he resides.  If he cannot be a royal monarch, he can at least play at being one.  Only a megalomaniac would live in a house like that, which doubles as a catering hall.  Meanwhile, this ‘monarch’ faces 91 indictments as a lawbreaker.  Here’s one of the rooms in his ‘royal palace’ in Florida, where ultimately, God willing, he probably will face some form of ‘house arrest.’  Not bad digs, eh?


If the lawyers he hires, hopefully counting on the Republican National Committee’s picking up Trump’s legal bills if he welches on paying them himself (he has a history of doing that), were not specialists in seeking all conceivable varieties of delays, he would have long since been tried, convicted, and sentenced, just as hundreds of his followers whom he incited to riot on January 6, 2021, have been.  Justice ultimately will triumph.


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A Letter About Ending Wars

Here’s a letter I’ve just sent off to the Palm Beach Post.  While I believe in a two-state solution for the Palestinians, I also believe in the right of Israel to wage a relentless war against Hamas on the Gaza Strip.  Here’s the text of the letter which I doubt they will print:

‘Although it is unfortunate that our bombing missions killed many Japanese civilians, including thousands in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and many Germans civilians lost their lives in the Allies’ incessant day and night bombing of the Third Reich, it remains a historical fact that it was Germany and Japan that started World War Two with the German invasion of Poland in 1939 and the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Neither later requested a ‘ceasefire’ to relieve the Allies’ pressure on them, and both ultimately surrendered unconditionally.  Why then does the world seem to ignore this lesson of history when all that Israel is doing is finishing a war started by Hamas?  It would end tomorrow if Hamas returned the hostages they hold, dropped their weapons, and recognized the existence of the State of Israel. Losers do not dictate the terms that end wars, especially ones that they had started.’

Bottom Line: If you throw down a gauntlet, as was done in days of old, you must expect a response!


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Voting by Mail – Why it is So Very Important!

Florida voters have gotten used to voting by mail.  It’s safe and simple.  But just because you might have done it in the past does not mean you can automatically continue to do so.  Current State election laws require you to renew your ‘voting by mail’ status before the next election in order to receive a ‘vote by mail’ ballot.  

If you vote in Palm Beach County, do it right now by visiting https://www.votepalmbeach.gov/Voters/Vote-By-Mail or by CLICKING HERE!   For those who do not want do it online, they can sign up for vote-by-mail by calling (561) 656 6208.  In other Florida counties, visit the website of your Supervisor of Elections or call them. 

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This is particularly important in 2024 because some knowledgable pundits, despite polls that disagree with one another and all change from week to week, are coming around to believe America will re-elect a Democratic president and turn the House ‘blue’ in November but are not quite so sure about the Senate. I'm not a 'pundit' but that's also what I believe. That’s why it is important for clear-thinking Floridians to vote for Debbie Muscarsel-Powell to replace Florida Senator Rick Scott in the Senate to insure a Democratic majority there. 

Six years ago, Scott won by only 10,033 votes, state-wide, so defeating him is very attainable in view of his stand on abortion, and for seniors (even independents and Republicans), Scott’s historic opposition to Medicare and Social Security which he wanted to put up to a vote in Congress every five years should be the clincher.

For more information, visit https://www.debbieforflorida.com/ or just CLICK RIGHT HERE! 


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