Allegation(s) — a statement (written/verbal) not proven in a court of law is a synonymous word in today’s society and heavy in our world of politics. So goes the demise of Judge Roy Moore recently. In politics since early 2001 and in a high profile position, not a closet woman came forward until Judge Moore (Senate candidate) is in a run-off vote that cost him a victory with Mr. Doug Jones.
What happened to “an individual is innocent until proven guilty” (by a court of law or hearing)? You might think that sexual harassment would be a rather straightforward issue for the party that claims to be the party of women. In the l990s, liberal activist groups used the issue to almost derail the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas and to force the resignation of Senator Bob Packwood. But the allegations against Thomas and Packwood seem almost trivial by today’s standards.
Later when Bill Clinton (then President) was accused of these far more serious transgressions (and there was a hearing), women’s groups associated with the Democratic Party defended him. Republicans called them “hypocrites.” But that misses the point.
We now know that sexual harassment has been rampant for years in all the places where liberals congregated — on Capitol Hill, in the state legislatures, in Hollywood, in the mainstream media, at liberal opinion magazines, etc. If they cared about this behavior, they could have said something. But they didn’t. I hope it is now clear to all that sexual harassment to the Democratic establishment was always about elections and achieving political goals. It was never about anything else.
Jerry Wojtecki, Phenix City
NIM a jewel
All the Pre-K classes at South Columbus Elementary attended a showing of “The Polar Express” at the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center. Not only were the NIM staff taking care of our little ones but also had what appeared to be thousands of out of town guests here for Fort Benning graduation ceremonies.
As in the past, the NIM staff and volunteers went above and beyond taking care of guests, be they little ones or entire families! Elves, a train conductor, staff and volunteers alike were superb in their efforts.
The National Infantry Museum is a jewel in this community. I hope all will visit and support The National Infantry Museum! & Soldier Center. Looking for something to do while school is out — take the family and visit NIM!
Janet O’Neal, Columbus
The Big Lie
Since the advent of provocateurs like Newt Gingrich, politics has become a zero sum game. Winning is not enough: one must destroy the opposition. This divides politics, and thus, the country. Further alienation occurs where individuals live in insular news bubbles hearing only that which reinforces their leanings. This is short-sighted.
Such thinking in government is similar to current business models where profits generated for quarterly reports are king. Squeezing profits in the short term for stockholders trumps the wisdom of long-term company health. Are political leaders, like business executives, choosing expediency to reward political donors? The tax bill says yes.
It is not a “Christmas gift” to the middle class. It is a perpetual payday for corporations and donors. Small temporary tax benefits for individuals will sunset, whereas the huge deficits created by this giveaway will necessitate cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other social programs. It is a big lie.
Resisting lies and propaganda is tough, especially when it appeals to our prejudices. Questioning assertions to ferret out the truth is essential and doing so takes thought and introspection.
I call on all citizens to resist knee-jerk responses and to listen to what politicians actually say. Remember that lies entice when couched as the remedy against a pernicious enemy like “fake news.” Please consider this historic quote when contemplating the words of our current political leaders:
“If you tell a lie big enough and you keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic, and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all its powers to repress dissent.” — Josef Goebbels
Charles C. Walker, Columbus
Dusty Nix's editorial re the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was right on target. So was the lead quote by Rick Ward, CEO of the Georgia Chapter of the AAP.
Children are now 24% of the U.S. population but they're 100% of our nation's future. They are the single largest minority group and the only one totally disenfranchised. Their health is therefore totally in our hands and is critical if we are to have a productive and contented citizenry in the decades ahead. Their health now will dampen the ever rising cost of care as they age.
CHIP is a vital part of our children's "safety net" and must be preserved. Surely, as billions of dollars are tossed about in Washington, there must be some way to provide for our children.
Let's keep the pressure on our elected representatives to protect the children and preserve our future. Thank you Mr. Nix, for moving that conversation forward here.
Joseph Zanga, Columbus