Hi, folks! It’s been a while, so please bear with me while I unload. In two months, a basket full of deplorable issues have accumulated. At my age, I’m encouraged to unburden before I hurt myself.

The central theme is political, and much involves Donald J. Trump (the legally elected president of the United States), although his involvement is mostly peripheral. What follows is a plethora of subjects involving the loyal opposition with which this writer has found reason to take exception.

In the recent past, Democrats and anti-Trumpers attempted to compare their Mueller investigation to the Nixon/Watergate investigation. They even called John Dean to testify, although he had nothing to offer but a questionable opinion. The problem with such a comparison is the total dichotomy of the two situations. The Watergate investigation was made to obtain the facts related to an already evident crime. Au contraire, the Mueller investigation went on for two years in an unsuccessful search for a crime. There is no comparison between the two investigations. One was just, and one was not. Lots of people are wrong.

I have long ago tired of having Democrats (elected and otherwise) tell the country that “we are better than that” regarding any number of issues — more lately, immigration. This is just a slightly more politically correct way of saying “shame on you.” Talk about judgmental. They break that one out on so many issues that it’s become a cliché and, too often, a laughing matter. Who put these folks in the position to define right and wrong for the rest of the country? Talk about presumptuous. The problems of the Mexican border are unprecedented, and the left expects perfection.

Regarding abortion, another cliché comes to mind: “A woman should have control of her own body.” True enough, but there’s a problem with that logic. A woman’s body is hers, but the baby/fetus is not a part of her. It is a potential complete individual with its own DNA. How does a mother justify ending such a life? Now, for myself, I’ve not reached a hard-and-fast opinion on this subject, but the truth and fact are that a baby’s body is not part of the mother’s — connected by the cord, but unique. The baby is “renting” space for only a short time. On rape/incest? That’s a whole other story.

Leftists frequently accuse and criticize conservatives for various actions — perceived or imaginary. Quite often, even casual observation can determine that the liberals are only attempting to divert attention from their own similar actions — look over there, not over here. Conservatives have been called “Nazis” and “haters.” In that regard, I ask you to consider Antifa who hide behind masks when they destroy private property, and attack and hospitalize reporters and others who think differently from them. Antifa people are more akin to the Nazi Brown Shirts. Video from Portland, Oregon, showed police standing by. Thank you, Mayor Wheeler.

Leftists blame Trump for Russian interference with the 2016 election. Recently, former Vice President Joe Biden declared that foreign interference would never have occurred on his or Obama’s watch. Wait! The fact is that if Russian interference did occur, that’s exactly when it happened. During the 2016 election campaign, Biden and Obama were in charge. Uncle Joe says it couldn’t have happened. Is he right? Wrong? What?

Unsubstantiated leftist criticism of Trump’s desire to speak at the Fourth of July celebration is perfect evidence of unreasoned prejudice. As soon as his intention was announced, the left attacked. Trump, they falsely accused, was “politicizing” the celebration. But that didn’t happen. I watched it and “counted.” Trump’s one-hour speech contained fewer personal pronouns than did any 10-minute talk made by Obama — and the teleprompter quit on him.

Ending with a Mueller fiasco anecdote (author unknown) supplied by a friend: “A Montana rancher’s summary of the Mueller report and Democrats’ hapless ongoing efforts in one sentence: ‘While we recognize that the subject did not actually steal any horses, he is obviously guilty of trying to resist being hanged for it.’”

If you made it this far, thanks and congratulations. In closing, Mr. Trump was not my first choice, but ... Republican or Democrat, the swamp of the establishment has long been in need of a refresh. Anything that Trump does to that end should and must be encouraged.

Rick Blatchford writes from Mount Airy. Contact him at rpblatch4d@comcast.net.

(131) comments

rikkitikkitavvi

I don't understand why you folks are debating/arguing the issue at hand. Nobody on either side is going to change the minds of anyone on the other side. We all know what the outcome is going to be. A Trump landslide in 2020! Aim small. Miss small. [wink]

threecents

I won't give up trying to spread the word. I have faith that some lost souls will see the light before election time.

hayduke2

So why do you try?

sevenstones1000

Rikki - it’s all about voter turnout in those blue states that went for Trump last time. Now, you Republicans will work hard to suppress the vote any way you can, because thats how you Republicans win elections. Keeping Trump’s criminal behavior front and center is merely whipping Dem voters and getting them determined to vote, no matter how difficult the Republicans they to make it. It will also peel off some previous Trump and third party voters - maybe enough to win those electors so the person with the voter majority can actually sit in the White House.

jsklinelga

Within this column and comments I hear the oft repeated daily mantra that President Trump was guilty of obstruction of justice. The only reason he was not charged was the questionable opinion that you could not indict a sitting President. Some have even used disparaging language pointing to the columnist;s inability to understand this. Well Congress could. But guess what, they will not. It is simple There is no there there. But it is great "victim" fodder for the party of victim politics.

public-redux

“...the questionable opinion that you could not indict a sitting President.”

What is questionable about that?

Obadiah Plainsmen

With all the rhetoric a vitriol on display with this LTE I'll give this country the same chance of surviving as when it was half free and half slave. And it didn't get much better during reconstruction. It took WWII and the "greatest generation'' to propel this country into greatness, now old baby boomer patriots and progressive millennial patriots are going to bring it to its knees( or total knockout). Whoever is around for the next reconstruction period, best of luck to you.

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gary4books

Piffle.

jsklinelga

There comes a point where these comments reach a point of diminished returns. After awhile they make as much sense as VP Biden saying Russian interference in elections would never happen on his watch, But nonetheless you can find certain kernels of truth. The comment saying patriotism in our country is not what it used to be is eerily truthful. Disrespect for the rule of law, guilty until proven Innocent, America was never great, our forefathers were deplorable founding a country of white racists, the Constitution is a flawed document, a Democratic Republic of States is inferior to a country of Majority rule and needs to be eliminated, etc. etc, Unlike many I am proud of our heritage and the change America has made in this world.

hayduke2

The only thing you left out is blaming Obama and/or Hillary. Don't lean back or your pedestal will tip and put you down with the rest of us.

gary4books

I have a resume of patriotic actiities that I will stand up against others here. I have done my share. And the future is bright for the USA despite a muddled side trip we take now. I would say "the best is yet to be."

MRS M

jsk...........you're absolutely right. Patriotism in our country is not what it used to be. Who in his right mind, other than a coward and ignoramus, would repeatedly state that John McCain, who spent 8 years locked down in a POW camp in North Vietnam, wasn't an American patriot and a man to be honored for his service? Who would proffer the thought that you're guilty until proven innocent, unless you're a Hilary basher supporting her excoriation through 11 hours of testimony while continuing those popular hate-mongering chants of "lock her Up" at every Trump rally..... instigated by the great "man" himself? Disrespectful for the rule of law? Where do we begin? Payoffs to porn stars with campaign funds? Obstruction of justice? Undermining the great men and women of the CIA, the FBI, and our diplomats, who lay their lives on the line as members of our CIA and FBI by a president meant to destroy the credibility of these institutions? White racism? Perhaps you missed the film footage out of Charlottesville. America was always great, and it will surely return to greatness. Unsure why you believe that idea is being challenged, unless you too are struggling with the weight of ignorance and hatred this aberrant president has brought to bear on our great nation. There is a cost, you see, to the criminality, the hate, and the lack of trust in the future brought about by a pathological liar who will do ANYTHING to save himself. And "no", a rising stock market will not save this administration, or this country. Men and women of conscience and common sense will, in 2020.

hayduke2

Wow, great response Mrs M... Don't hold your breath waiting for a reasoned response however.

shiftless88

If by "patriotism" you mean blind loyalty then perhaps you are correct. I am not even blind to my own or my wife's faults. I love her despite them and to pretend she has no faults, or that I have no faults, is a fantasy that will come crashing down destructively if you try to maintain a life like that.

matts853

Trump is a poisonous tree and his jailed closest confidants his toxic fruit. And that fruit didn't fall very far from him. Another saying goes that you're judged by the company you keep. Trump did the break law. Mueller did find evidence of obstruction of justice. Mueller didn't bring charges because a sitting president can't be convicted of a crime. Nixon was on the verge of impeachment also for obstruction (among other things) when he resigned, and likewise was never charged for his crime that RB acknowledges he committed. So RB is either confused, misinformed, or purposefully conflating the 2 circumstances. The timing of events that lead to each investigation is totally irrelevant. But they ended in virtually the same findings. Trump also deserves impeachment, but there's no longer an honor system among the congress where a majority of members from both sides can think for themselves and do right by the constitution when it's clearly required. Both sides have become completely partisan. It wasn't like that in the Nixon era when both parties could come together and recognize right from wrong. As far as the swamp goes, Trump is DC's Lochness Monster.

Boyce Rensberger

Creature from the Black Lagoon, more like. Loch Ness is a beautiful, deep, clean body of water.

threecents

Swamp creature. It is interesting that throughout these Trump years, Trump has frustrated his detractors (including me) by turning his flaws upside down. He is obviously morally corrupt, so he says he will get rid of corruption (drain the swamp). He constantly lies and makes things up, so he says the news is fake news. He has been sued thousands of times, ran a fake university, bribed people in government, employed illegal immigrants... and said Hillary should be locked up. He even accused her of starting the birther movement. Sorry if I am ranting and trolling...

public-redux

“Every accusation is a confession.” I can’t take credit for coining that but I wish I could.

threecents

[thumbup]Pub-Red. Now Trump is accusing Mueller of crimes.

public-redux

“A lot of people are saying” that the Loch Ness Monster is really Bigfoot in a wetsuit.

hayduke2

[thumbup][thumbup]

richardlyons

Think twice next time and spare us your drivel.

shiftless88

You could have just written, "I'm an old grouchy conservative so GET OFF MY LAWN" and saved a lot of time and energy for the same message.

DickD

[lol] that is what I thought.

richardlyons

[beam]

hayduke2

I would add " I'm an old grouchy conservative stuck in 1950....

elymus43

Great column. It's a shame some people are unable to understand it.

awteam2000

Understand? Share your understanding... I miss it. Help me out.

veritas

You know you're having a good day, Rick, when your commentary manages to get even ol' Boyce to dust off his keyboard and hurl some invective your way. The Amen Chorus is in full throat today, thanks to you, and I hope you take time to enjoy the cacophony you have instigated. Living in Maryland, relying on the WaPo, CNN and MSNBC to give birth to and support their biases, these poor souls have no concept of what the actual mood of the country at large is, or of the electoral fate that awaits them in 2020. I almost feel sorry for them. Almost...

public-redux

Oh no... did you just open the response door for a diatribe against liberals and liberalism?

hayduke2

Wait, you left off the AP, NPR, HLN, NBC, ABC, CBS, NEWSY, and just about all seasoned correspondents, excepting a few at Fox.

veritas

“Seasoned correspondents.” [beam][tongue][beam][tongue] Seriously?

hayduke2

Dead serious. Just because you disagree and believe the opposite of what is supported by the journalists doesn't diminish their work. Too bad you are not open enough to realize it.

Boyce Rensberger

Good point. Nearly all professional news organizations agree on what the facts are.

jagman

Journalists? Give me a break. They are paid lefty activists.

hayduke2

And there is your bias jag - facts, actual footage of someone making a statement, etc. do not matter to you. Must be a burden.

DickD

Please tell us the mood of the country and how you determined it.

MRS M

Sorry Mr. Blatchford, I stopped right there at "shame on you"; it seemed like a fitting place to cut off the abject cluelessness and fundamental dishonesty. My strong belief has always been that our country has been tragically (and strategically) divided, since 2015, between those who believed that Trump's birtherism attacks, as well as his attacks on John McCain, were acceptable and perhaps admirable and worth a vote; v.s. those who found Trump's early actions and words to be reprehensible, below the dignity of the office, and a portent of the low, cruel, racist and dishonest actions that would follow. It's really just that simple. You, and your fellow conservatives, would readily excoriate a liar, a cheater, and a disrespectful man from your home, your church, your schools, yet you readily have endorsed the very same in your president. Almost as challenging as understanding the Evangelicals of today, isn't it ? Luckily for America, you are in the minority; and this time around, without Russia's help, the plan is that this aberrant president and adulterer will go back to what he does best: golfing, abusing women, running his various businesses into further bankruptcies, and leaving our country to recover from his reign of ignorance, embarrassment, and grifting. Most people have learned that when someone repeatedly shows you who he IS, believe him. Yet stalwart Trump supporters simply can't understand why the rest of America considers them to be "deplorable", just as you so state.

Thewheelone

Mrs M, you are spot on once again. Very well done. Posters take note; this is how you attack the message but not the messenger.

Boyce Rensberger

Good points except that the stark division in American politics really began when Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the House in 1995.

jagman

Nah. It goes back at least to when Ted Kennedy tried to use the Soviet Union to defeat Reagan in the 84 election. And don't try to claim it isn't true. there has been plenty written about it. Attached is just one example: https://canadafreepress.com/article/ted-kennedy-and-the-kgb

gabrielshorn2013

Interesting link jagman. I would be interested to see if anyone else read this article regarding Paul Kengor's 2006 book, and subsequent interview. Apparently it is documented, so chasing down the story shouldn't be that hard. The interesting passage was

It was a May 14, 1983 letter from the head of the KGB, Viktor Chebrikov, to the head of the USSR, the odious Yuri Andropov, with the highest level of classification. Chebrikov relayed to Andropov an offer from Senator Ted Kennedy, presented by Kennedy’s old friend and law-school buddy, John Tunney, a former Democratic senator from California, to reach out to the Soviet leadership at the height of a very hot time in the Cold War. According to Chebrikov, Kennedy was deeply troubled by the deteriorating relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, which he believed was bringing us perilously close to nuclear confrontation. Kennedy, according to Chebrikov, blamed this situation not on the Soviet leadership but on the American president—Ronald Reagan. Not only was the USSR not to blame, but, said Chebrikov, Kennedy was, quite the contrary, “very impressed” with Andropov.

I would be interested in learning if any of this is true, unless the letter was deliberately planted by the KGB in 1983 so sew confusion.

threecents

Gabe, We were SO lucky that Gorby led the Soviet Union during the Reagan years. If not, we might very well have faced nuclear war. Before warming up to Gorby, Reagan routinely referred to the Soviet Union as the "The Evil Empire". It is very sad that Russia has since returned to it's old ways, much as China has.

jagman

The Soviet Union was an "evil empire". Call them what they were.

jagman

And for more on democrat icon Ted Kennedy. Such a great guy: https://abcnews.go.com/US/grill-investigator-implied-push-ted-kennedy-hard-chappaquiddick/story?id=62788818

gabrielshorn2013

Three, um did you even read the information on jagman’s link? Just as I suspected, you did not. No surprise. It wasn’t Gorby. It was Andropov. I just bought the book from Amazon to confirm the allegations, did you? The issue was Ted Kennedy collaborating with the Russians to defeat his opponent, Ronald Reagan. If this allegation is true, why did it not have legs with the medi?

threecents

Sorry Gabe if I was off topic; I was not commenting on that, though it does sound interesting.

MRS M

I'll grant you that point on Gingrich, Mr. Rensberger; and then add that it was Trump's not-so-hidden dog-whistle rally messages of racial hatred, division, and "us against them " mentality that truly met success in unashamedly unleashing the real lying "dogs" from the underbelly of America. Those who readily endorsed birtherism by endorsing and voting for a candidate spewing lies AND, not to forget, the Republican members of the Senate and House who looked, and continue to look.......the other way.

sdm817

Great article Rick. You know when it gets all the whiny liberals all worked up it was the truth. That's what they hate even more than Trump.

TINAE

I don't need a bunch of Men to tell me what I can do with my body! And since you love your rac.ist President so much, how about telling him that there are people living here other than the white race, if your not like him yourself. Thanks

TINAE

Wow, talk about fake news! For they know no better and I don't give them a pass. SMH

Boyce Rensberger

That boy sure can pack a lot of ignorance into one column. I always hope conservatives say something I can agree with (George Will and David Brooks are always worth reading), but once it became clear that Blatchford had not read even the summaries of the Mueller Report, I knew he had not shown enough respect for his readers to do a little research before spouting an opinion. It is a shame the FNP can't find a conservative columnist who does his homework before writing.

jsklinelga

Boyce This is not one of Mr. Blatchford's better columns. His style seems to have devolved a bit to resemble some of the daily liberal contributors. I do not agree totally with his abortion stance. But there is far more truth in his comments than ones like yours with a mix of highly subjective opinion and arrogance.

hayduke2

Arrogance and opinion jsk - really, is it any different then what you post?

DickD

Jim thinks he is high and mighty.

Boyce Rensberger

I'd be interested in your choice of my comments that seemed arrogant.

jsklinelga

Boyce Claiming people (in this case Rick) that disagree with you to be ignorant. Claiming the only good conservative columnist are ones which you agree. Making the unsubstantiated allegation that Mr. Blatchford had not read the Mueller summary (or certainly he would agree with your opinion) and accusing him of spouting an opinion without research. In essence you believe that people who do not agree with you are inferior in intellect and preparation.

public-redux

Jsk, Bulverism. C.S. Lewis would be proud.

Boyce Rensberger

Replying to your comment below-- When Blatchford says the Mueller investigation found no crime, he clearly is ignorant of the indictments, prosecutions and incarcerations of several people investigated by Mueller. That means Blatchford either did not read the report or can't remember what it said. As for anyone being "inferior in intellect," I said nothing. Inferior in preparation, is pretty obvious. What would you call it when somebody writes a column making a false claim that easily could have been checked?

jsklinelga

Boyce, I was going to copy Newspaper articles but what is the sense. After a multi-million, two year investigation Mueller found no evidence that President Trump colluded with the Russians. As far as any possible obstruction I think Mr. Blatchford summed up the situation quite well by his analogy: "‘While we recognize that the subject did not actually steal any horses, he is obviously guilty of trying to resist being hanged for it.’” You obviously wished for an unwarranted hanging, whether just or not.

Boyce Rensberger

jsklinelga-- True, Mueller did not find proof of conspiracy with Russia, but he *did* find that Trump and his people tried to obstruct the investigation of Russian attacks on our electoral system. Mueller lays out the evidence in his report, a report that our columnist seems to have ignored. I don't understand why Republicans think it's okay to try to prevent our law enforcement agencies from investigating Russian attacks on the United States. Patriotism these days is not what it was when I was young.

hayduke2

Many good points Boyce...

public-redux

Boyce, Some years ago in the comments, after I had repeatedly documented that Mr. Blatchford had quoted-mined me in a column of his, he defended himself by saying that he didn’t need to be accurate because his column was opinion. Another time he admonished me for pointing out his inaccuracy by saying that I should let it go because so much time had gone by. He never has issued a correction for his error.

Boyce Rensberger

That's funny, and pretty much confirms the mental state of Rick Blatchford that comes through in his columns. People like him don't correct their errors. The really sad thing (to me as a journalist all my professional life) is that the News-Post settles for this level of ignorance and intellectual sloppiness in its columnists.

veritas

Whenever I read a Rensberger response such as the one above (and this is a target rich environment), I’m reminded of my dear old mom’s admonition to me as an adolescent when I was feeling my oats... “You need to get over yourself , Mister.”

Obadiah Plainsmen

C'um on now Rick, you missed the most important talking point for democrats going into the 2020 campaign season. https://trumpgolfcount.com

hayduke2

Only as it applies to the calling out of past presidents for a few vacation days and the cost to taxpayers for the golf excursions.

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DickD

Best comment! [thumbup][thumbup]

JeffWFredMD

Respectfully, any argument you may have made in the paragraphs above the final one are disqualified by your absurd nonsense about the swamp being cleaned. If you are delusional enough to think that half a dozen members of the Trump circle in jail or under indictment with many more coming means cleaning the swamp then you are delusional enough to believe anything.

threecents

[thumbup]Jeff. Their inappropriate contacts with Russians were a major reason for FBI investigations in the first place. Trumps own financial dealings with Russians were another. Trump could have used the investigations as a way to clear his name, if was really innocent. Instead, he obstructed the investigations on at least ten occasions, according to Mueller's report.

DickD

The only thing deplorable about this is Rick's total lack of understanding. Trump is a crook, a Mafia gangster, veryclever at covering up his misdeeds.

sofanna

Is name calling really necessary? He is our President, like it or not. The office does deserve respect.

threecents

Trump is the name-caller in chief, so how can it be disrespectful to call Trump a Mafia gangster, particularly with his well-known ties to the mafia? (Google Roy Cohn.)

DickD

You have to be kidding. Trump calls Warren Pocohantas, made fun of his own Republicans, Rubio and Cruz. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Boyce Rensberger

The office does, indeed, deserve respect, and Donald has shown rather little respect toward it since inauguration day.

matts853

Yes it does. And no one in Washington name calls as much as Trump. He is an unfit embarrassment to the office. You seem blinded by partisanship as much as the author.

sofanna

Well, I don't really care what any of you think. Interesting, that someone decided to call me a name and doesn't even know me. Name calling is the lowest of the low. I don't care who does it, it's just not right.

threecents

If you don't care what we thing, then why are your posting?

gary4books

" — and the teleprompter quit on him." No. It gave him a chance to speak his own mind. And he did. Much to the surprise of everyone.

matts853

A mind that conjures up images of colonial airports.

jagman

A few points to be made here rather than numerous replies to posters. Kim Darroch is now the FORMER UK ambassador as he was fired earlier this week. Another Trump-hater bites the dust (there is a running list of these somewhere I could dig up if need be). Blatchford is absolutely correct in his assessment here. The left is eating itself alive with TDS. I am quite happy to watch that happen. Of course, there is one post here from a reliable lefty still "hoping" for the other shoe to drop that will get rid of Trump. Well, keep hoping if it makes you feel better. The rest of us are enjoying a booming economy, the lowest unemployment in 50 years, a stock market at all time highs, reasonably good wage growth for the first time in decades, more accountability from our so called "allies" who have used us as a piggy bank for decades, major progress on ending the 65 year old Korean war (still pending, of course) and best of all a president who champions America rather than the rest if the world. Something we haven't seen since Reagan. But hey, none of that matters to the left. Please, keep it up and watch Trump win next year in a landslide like we haven't seen since 1984. It's going to happen and the dread that has crept in on the left over the last month or so indicates they know it too.

richardlyons

Delusional, at best.

gary4books

I can wait. Can you?

threecents

I guess we have to wait - for the election and/or impeachment - and no point in making predictions or trash talking, as if we are routing for or against sports teams.

olefool

No need to read past the second sentence of this comment. It is a total lie, the UK Ambassador resigned after he spoke the truth to power. Something jagman you need to study up on.

hayduke2

[thumbup][thumbup] Wouldn't be surprised if the honest assessment he gave was leaked just to get rid of him.

DickD

He just may have reached the point that he doesn't care.

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hayduke2

Having to resign because you shared an honest assessment using your diplomatic knowledge and skills to appease a president that can dish it out but not take it. Yeah, I guess that is being fired.

veritas

[thumbup][thumbup]

threecents

Sure, Trump pumped a bubble into the economy by lowering taxes, and the economy has continued to improve over the last six years, but Trump also increased spending, and the debt is higher than ever. What happened to the shrink government and clean the swamp pledges? What about fixing healthcare on Day 1. He deliberately messed up ACA, rather than fix it, and failed to replace it. Healthcare costs could destroy our economy if something is not done, and Trump pretty much through up his hands and admitted it is too complicated for him before regrouping and blaming Democrats.

jagman

We have record tax revenues coming in after the tax cut and still running a deficit. Guess what, that means we have a spending problem. Guess who controls spending. Congress, specifically the House. So, complain about them running a deficit. Get rid of the lobbyists, pass an amendment to limit terms in Congress and maybe we can fix that problem. As far as Obamacare being "messed up"? Well, it was messed up the day it passed and was signed into law. All Congress did in 2017 was get rid of the individual mandate. A good thing. In 2019 we saw the lowest increase in premiums since the thing got passed. Why? Because now people aren't forced to buy it. Obomacare is still around and democrats are admitting it was a bust because now they want "Medicare for all", including for illegal aliens. Not a winning strategy. You want to get a handle on out of control premiums? Introduce competition into the marketplace. Something the dems left out of ocare because the insurance companies did not want it. Today the DOW crossed 27000 for the first time in history, Check your investment accounts. YOU are benefiting from from our strong economy, whether or not you want to admit it.

threecents

Jagman, I think you missed my point about a "bubble". And you think spending is controlled by the House and the taxing is controlled by the prez? Also, did you not realize that the mandate was needed for ACA to remain viable?

sofanna

Medicare for all, makes me sick!!! For those who paid into medicare for every hour they worked, still have to pay for medicare. It is NOT RIGHT to use those funds for anyone, unless they paid into the fund. But, of course, many of us took our "partial" social security, that we also paid for our entire lives, because someone in government didn't believe we should have it when we turn 65. Anyone born in 1955, either takes a much smaller portion now, or waits until they are 66 yo and 2 months. With the constant threat of losing all that we paid in, we are still getting cheated. Our taxes are higher! Medicare payments will come out of our measly social security checks, not leaving much. We still have freedom, however long that lasts. And, investment accounts don't offer much when one month you lose over $14,000 and the next month you gain only $12,000. I won't be surprised if at the end of July we lost another LARGE chunk.

hayduke2

Sofanna - that very investment account you don’t like is exactly what commentators are basing the success of the economy on. Tiny gains elsewhere but you buy into the booming economy argument, no?

sdm817

[thumbup]

sofanna

hayduke2 - I don't buy into anything. How I make decisions is non of your business!

trwz

"a stock market at all time highs" Really?? My stocks are NOT doing well. I'd like to break even on the ones I have.

DickD

I just checked mine, they did far better under Obama, but they are up. Of course, Bush ruined the economy, took him almost 8 years and Trump hasn't been there 3 years yet. After Bush ruined the economy, Obama did a lot to help it, but he didn't give billionaires and large corporations tax cuts that caused a huge tax deficit for no good reason.

jagman

Maybe you need a new investment strategy. Most everyone In know (including me) are doing quite well in the market.

DickD

Keep it up, you are inspiring liberals to get out the vote.

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Samanthapowers

hey, he was just 'expressing' himself. lol.

Samanthapowers

Sir, that was a nice light read barely worthy of two minutes. Your last paragraph regarding the swamp was hilarious. How can you seriously argue that Pruitt, Ross, Barr, the dump family, Acosta (to name a few) are making the swamp better? They are treating DC like their own little piggy bank. Again, thank you for the light read. It was entertaining.

threecents

Rick is correct when he says that we are not "better than that". I think we will be better than that.

awteam2000

Rick, Sounds like you where ready to bust... Read the Mueller Report... ‘Old Men’ telling women what to do with their bodies, uterus envy... Many people are saying Trump’s interment Camps remind them of concentration camps live the Nazi’s had... One question about the history lesson Trump gave on the 4th, where is ‘Fort McHendry’ and the airport battle would make a great movie, starring Mel Gibson, Mad Max 3... “the swamp of the establishment has long been in need of a refresh“ Trump’s “A Team” turnover is historic, 74% as of July 8, 2019 with Alex Acosta on his way out. Well done only 2 1/2 years... Finally, A leaked memo from 2017, stated the English Ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch reported to British officials that President Donald Trump was "insecure" and "incompetent." He went on to report “Trump is completely inept”. Do you think he’s the only foreign or US official that feels that way?...

threecents

Never mind the man behind the curtain; I am the calm and stable genius.

sdm817

Check out our economy compared to Europe and you tell me you is incompetent and inept.

DickD

Wait and see what happens, Bush took almost 8 years to ruin the economy. And the Bush's dislike Trump so much that they will not vote for him - a fellow Republican.

jsklinelga

Mr. Blatchford, I agree with many points but this is not your best column. In a way you have adapted the style of the opposition. Somewhat ranting. (It is easy to get drawn into, I know.) In reality, we need to rise above and consider, why hang someone that is going to shoot themselves. For example the latest pictures of immigrants in cages. Whoops that was President Obama. Post another. Whoops again.

hayduke2

So this report from the Inspector General is Obama's fault? https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dhs-inspector-general-report-reveals-squalid-conditions-at-migrant-detention-centers/ Get real JSK....

gary4books

Slow evidence does not mean "no evidence" and soon enough we will see what has been deplorable and who has excused or explained it away by saying "no evidence." Not yet.

sdm817

You just keep on hoping for the smoking gun. I am sure it will come along any minute now. NOT

gary4books

And you would bet "the farm" on that?

DickD

I will hold the money, Gary.

public-redux

It would be interesting to have the columnist explain why the baby/fetus (sic) is a different potential person with its own DNA argument doesn’t apply in the case of rape or incest.

DickD

Gladys, you are good at picking out what the rest of us missed. [thumbup]

armillary

Ricky has got to unload his basket since turning Trump's toad he's putting his word in again to unburden deplorable pie a la mode.

gabrielshorn2013

Arm, other than the ad-hominem, which if Mr. Blatchford's opinions do you dispute?

hayduke2

Since they are opinions isn't it fair to honor others opinions as well?

gabrielshorn2013

Correct hay.

DickD

Glad you didn't ask me, Gabe, because I wouldn't know where to start.

Dwasserba

"How does a mother justify ending such a life?" I learned something watching Vice News interviews with mothers from Georgia who aborted damaged and non-viable fetuses after 16 weeks and an ultrasound. I am staunchly pro-life, having been an at-risk fetus, and valuing other former fetuses from similar circumstances. I also have a history of producing no living progeny. These mothers spoke of the black/white nature of the Ga law, when not all pregnancies go well, and follow up ultrasounds reveal only a choice between catastrophes. Those who literally don't want their children know that and act on it long before 16 and 20 weeks, yet it can take that long to find out the wanted child you are carrying will know only pain in a short life. If we haven't lived it, we don't know. We can't be glib.

gabrielshorn2013

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Deb!

DickD

Excellent comment, Deb. [thumbup]

BunnyLou

I din’t disagree with a single point made in the LTE. All if them seem to be spot on. Please pass the popcorn the reaction from the ‘progressives’ ought to be entertaining.

hayduke2

I am shocked that you agree! [whistling]

DickD

Me too, Bunny must be Rick's wife.

olefool

While the 'regressives' are running for a hiding place. The "swamp" has gone from brackish to polluted under this administration.

franklin3

Rick is not happy until he gets 70+ responses to his column.

DickD

He has over 70 now. Most are against his opinion.

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