In order to respect the diversity of viewpoints, I’ll assume Rick Blatchford simply misread the article he quotes from the Online Etymology Dictionary on the word “diversity” and did not deliberately misconstrue its contents. Mr. Blatchford writes that ‘the online dictionary‘ indicated that it wasn’t until 1992 that “diversity became a favorable attribute.”

The article actually states that the term had a negative connotation from about the 14th to 17th centuries, but that “Diversity as a virtue in a nation is an idea from the rise of modern democracies in the 1790s ...” A quote from Alexander Hamilton was included in dictionary’s entry to illustrate that very point. Mr. Blatchford included that quote as well but somehow ignored its meaning. The article ends by noting that by the end of the 20th century, diversity included other elements such as gender, race, etc., again with a positive connotation.

With the senseless killings in Pittsburgh, shouldn’t we at the very least affirm in our schools, businesses and all levels of government that belonging to a different religion or race is not a crime punishable by death? To achieve the “melting pot” Mr. Blatchford rightly desires, we must first expose the lies, hatred and prejudices that keep us apart. An understanding of our diverse origins and diverse beliefs can only strengthen us as a nation, not weaken us.

John Salitrik

Frederick

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veritas

“With the senseless killings in Pittsburgh, shouldn’t we at the very least affirm in our schools, businesses and all levels of government that belonging to a different religion or race is not a crime punishable by death?” Seriously? Sentiments such as this are being expressed at all levels of society and the media. Of course those expressing them are people of good intentions, but re-reading this statement objectively exposes its meaninglessness. “We” — those of us of sound mind — do not require such basic, unsolicited moral instruction. We do not suffer from mental illness or evil madness, take your pick. The real objective of letters such as this is cloaked in euphemism, but it is readily discernible nonetheless. Without ever mentioning his name, the purpose of this letter is to somehow connect the dots between Donald Trump’s reckless rhetoric and a madman's heinous acts of murder. If Mr Rogers were president, this lunatic would have perpetrated his evil. Trump is no more responsible for these killings than Barak Obama was responsible for the killings of the children iof Sandy Hook, or Bernie Sanders was responsible for the attempted slaughter of Republican congressmen. “Senseless killing” is exactly that — senseless. Evil has always walked among us and, it appears, always will. Other than to make some of us feel better about ourselves, moralizing and attempting to lay the blame at the feet of the latest loud mouth firebrand or politician is a meaningless endeavor.

awteam2000


Is this some stupid game you guys are playing with each yourself?

I don’t recall Obama or Saunder ever saying, encouraging, inciting their supporters to go out and hurt others. Do you?
On the other hand, I’ve personally heard, can sight times and dates, and have recordings of Trump doing just the opposite. Have you?

There’s a clear distinction, Trump’s message is hate and fear verses love and humanity.

Let’s see who wins then we’ll know the country’s soul.

phydeaux994

It's the word you used to describe Trumps rhetoric veritis and I think you picked the perfect one. Below is the meaning of the word and a number of synonyms that would prove you just connected the dots very convincingly. Anti-semitic hate crimes increased sharply in 2016 and 57% in 2017.
reck·less
ADJECTIVE
(of a person or their actions) "without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action".
"reckless driving"
synonyms:
rash · careless · thoughtless · incautious · heedless · unheeding · inattentive · hasty · overhasty · precipitate · precipitous · impetuous · impulsive · daredevil · devil-may-care · hotheaded · irresponsible · wild · foolhardy · headlong · overadventurous · over-venturesome · audacious · death-or-glory · ill-advised · injudicious · misguided · harebrained · madcap · imprudent · unwise · ill-considered · unconsidered · ill-conceived · unthinking · indiscreet · mindless · negligent · tearaway · harum-scarum · bull-in-a-china-shop · temerarious

veritas

It’s ironic to be instructed in definitions, synonyms and word usage by someone who doesn’t know the difference between “effect” and “affect,” but it’s also kind of amusing. More to the point, your argument is unconvincing.

phydeaux994

Show me veritis, I can't even remember the last time I used the word "affect". It's a word used infrequently by anyone. So, as is your M.O., quit making stuff up to suit your needs. [smile][beam][lol]

public-redux

At a certain level, I have to admire the honesty of the commenters and columnist who freely acknowledge their inability to address an argument on its merits. For the life of me though, I don’t understand why they regard this logical shortcoming as a virtue. [wink]

I’ll bet they don’t even realize that they are employing an ad hominem. Such an argument is invalid and can be dismissed without further comment.

threecents

The FNP moderator decides what is dismissed.

DickD


John, I am 100% in agreement with you.  But just stop and think, Rick is a good example of a far right winger that supports Trump.  No matter how wrong he is, he is always right. [sad]

Vladimir

[thumbup]Dick

public-redux

Rick isn’t a far right winger. He is all too fond of big government when it suits his purposes.

Vladimir

I'll take a government over Anarchy any day. You guys and your big government whining are so typical. I bet you have a complete collection of Ayn Rand books. A government for the People by the people is what we want not a government for the people who buy the people. So you want to go back to the days of yesteryear and build your own little private Fortress to keep everybody away from you! If you want that you'd better disconnect all your electric lines and your plumbing and don't use any of our roads.

Dwasserba

Outstanding

Vladimir

Diversity is the strength of America and "We are the World" is a profound concept! My experience taught me that throughout my life! I am a Navy Brat who moved all over the country till I was 16. Joining the military exposed me to diversity and being stationed overseas continue my education. America is the World embrace it!

threecents

I'll start. First of all there is no point in expecting true facts from Rick. There are factual errors in most of his columns that are pointed out to him by his faithless readers. On occasion he even acknowledges the corrections, only to add that they do not detract from his points. When Obama was president, his points usually had to do with misconceptions he had about Obama. I am not sure why he had those misconceptions...

Vladimir

"When Obama was president, his points usually had to do with misconceptions he had about Obama. I am not sure why he had those misconceptions..." I am pretty sure I know.

threecents

Here is a quote from the column in question, "...the problem is (to quote a longtime friend), people don’t melt into the pot anymore. Without the melting, we have division." In fact people do melt into the pot, certainly by the next generation, when they speak fluent English with no accent, they watch the same TV shows, and get diabetes because of American food. There are some ways they don't melt as fast. Can you think of a bothersome way that Obama did not melt?

DickD

And I really was hoping I could tell you, Vic![beam]

Vladimir

[thumbup]Dick

hayduke2

Exactly - Rick likes to cherry pick information and present it as his argument.

Rick Blatchford

As has been proven innumerable times with the U.S. Constitution, different people can read the same thing and come to different conclusions. Mr. Salitrik has also proven that it is, in fact, possible to have a difference of opinion in a completely civil manner AND use his own name in doing so. [wink]

hayduke2

While you can place value on folks using their name, sadly, in the current climate of name calling, crazies, etc. perhaps you can see why some folks are reluctant.

public-redux

This will be fun. I'm getting popcorn.

public-redux

Munch, munch, munch.

Vladimir

Keep Munchen narcissist.

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