ON JANUARY 31, 2016 WE PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE BY STANFORD ERICKSON ON “WHY TRUMP’S VIEWS RESONATE.”
THEN ON FEBRUARY 15 WE PUBLISHED CONTRIBUTING EDITOR BILL BRITTON’S COMMENTS ON MR. STANFORD’S ARTICLE.
THEN ON FEBRUARY 16 WE RECEIVED THESE COMMENTS ON MR. BRITTON’S COMMENTS.
“Mr. Britton, If you have run a medium to large scale business, you would know that there are ways to “get the Mexicans to pay for it” other than Mexican government writing a check for the construction project. It may not show up on the Mexican budget balance sheet – but through trade transactions, tariffs and the like, Mexico very well can pay for some or all of the wall.
And based on another article in this edition of the Communique it is my guess that those Latinos are very, very happy to have a job with Mr. Trump’s organization and are probably not part of the working poor the article reports on.
Lastly, I think many Americans would agree – not that Senator McCain doesn’t deserve our gratitude for his service – his service to our country did not give him the creditials to be a great Senator. In fact, he has been a terrible one. Just look at the condition of the Vets healthcare system while Senator McCain has been in office…for how many 6-year terms? He’s been there far longer than Prez Obama and I haven’t heard him make a national issue out of it as Trump has.
There are many things our current crop of establishment RINO’s should be ashamed of. And we’re happy that anyone, including Donald Trump is telling it like it is.”
THEN ON FEBRUARY 19 MR. BRITTON COMMENTED ON “the wall” and Trump:
“One characteristic that lies at the core of any bully is cowardice. At the core of those with an inflated ego is an inability to endure even moderate criticism. Donald Trump’s core is saturated with these two traits. His supporters discount this with these and similar remarks: “Oh, it’s just his way” or, “He really doesn’t mean what he says.”
Too many Americans have degraded the notions of decency, integrity, and charity: in a word, they no longer regard one’s simple humanity to be important when they choose their elected officials. Indeed, with apologies to Aldous Huxley, we are entering a Brave New World.
But speaking to your comments regarding ‘the wall,’ conservative David Brook’s article in The New York Times more or less shatters the need for one:
He writes, ‘Roughly 1.6 percent of immigrant males between ages 18 and 39 wind up incarcerated, compared with 3.3 percent of native-born American men of the same age.
Among native-born men without a high school diploma, about 11 percent are incarcerated. Among similarly educated Mexican, Guatemalan and Salvadoran men here, only 2 or 3 percent get incarcerated.’
Brooks goes on by citing another statistic: ‘There are more Mexicans leaving the United States than coming in. According to the Pew Research Center, there was a net outflow of 140,000 from 2009 to 2014. If Trump builds his wall, he’ll lock more Mexican immigrants in than he’ll keep out.’
All of which begs the question: Where’s the problem?”