Newport, N.C.

Oct. 5, 2020

TO THE EDITOR:

I was enjoying the Sunday paper last week until I ran across a letter to the editor entitled “Trump Disrespects Veterans.” Everyone is entitled to their opinion but when you pick up an obvious and flagrant lie by the drive by media that President Trump called veterans “suckers and losers” and try to forward it as accurate and truthful then I must question the motive. This lie has been debunked by people who were on the scene including John Bolton who has proven to be no friend of the President. The corrupt media’s source is a usual anonymous.

I did not enjoy the sparring between candidates Trump and McCain during the last primaries. There were many exaggerated and inflammatory statements that came from both sides. I have always had the utmost respect and admiration for John McCain’s military service which included bravery in battle, sacrifice and courage as at POW in Vietnam and the class he displayed while enduring lifelong injuries he received while a POW. However as a politician he appeared to be a RINO (Republican in name only) whose main objective was to fight and undermine much of what President Trump was trying to do. It seemed that his severe dislike of President Trump would override what was good for the country.

No president has had more respect for and been a stronger supporter of the military than President Trump. He restored our military from a depleted and neglected force back to the greatest in the world. He repaired the VA medical program from the disaster that was literally letting some of our veterans die to an organization that gives veterans the care and respect that they deserve in a timely manner.

I understand differences in opinion and that there are some personalities that just do not get along. What I cannot understand is the lack of recognition of a job well done. President Trump in the pre-virus portion of his first term brought us out of the “you need to accept this as the new normal” atmosphere of the Obama/Biden era into a thriving economy with returning manufacturing, low unemployment for all sectors of the country and jobs for anyone willing to work. The China Pandemic threw a wrench into the whole world economy. How the many “Monday morning quarterbacks” can question his handling of this disaster is beyond belief to me. I would hate to have had to live through this situation with Joe Biden (or whoever the handlers are) in charge.

I have lived in this country for over 70 years and regardless of its flaws it is still the best system of government and the best place on earth to live. Many changes and improvements have been made over the decades and there is still more to do. But meaningful and helpful change will not come under a Democrat/Socialist government. The strength of our country does not come from the size or intrusiveness of our government but from the freedom of all our citizen to operate in a system of free enterprise protected by a system of law and order. The Socialist left will kill businesses large and small, raise taxes at every opportunity, promote expensive programs designed to give them more power over you and your every activity and make our system of law and order ineffective.

Don’t flush our country down the drain by voting in a system of government that has failed every place it has ever been tried. Let’s KEEP AMERICAN GREAT!

ROBERT MERRITT

(61) comments

David Collins

With all the early voting , mail in voting and absentee voting already completed , we will see how all this shakes out . We have so many transplants fleeing the big cities that have forgotten the reason why they left , who knows .

mpjeep

No need for me to duplicate my past posts on the best president of my lifetime.

I’ll just say, for now, that Biden is a little “long in the tooth” and so past his “sell-by-date” to be president.

klacy

Biden - 77; Trump - 74; not much difference.

mpjeep

Actually that could be a big difference....3 years ago I could run on the beach, today I can't even walk on the beach. As you get older every year matters.

mpjeep

Well said, Mr. Merritt!

Here’s something to consider if you are thinking about voting for Biden.

Not sure if anyone here draws retirement social security, but I do. Prior to 1984, SS payments were not taxed. In 1983 Biden voted, along with others, to tax 50 percent of SS over a certain income level. In 1993, Biden was the deciding vote in raising that percentage to 85.

This probably won’t matter to folks not drawing SS yet, but trust me, when it finally comes time, every penny of a fixed income counts.

Biden has never had a real job, just a bureaucrat. From 1973 to 2008, he voted on bills 31 times that included tax increases.

Not once, voted ‘no”, and now he tells us he is only going to raise taxes on the rich. If you believe “that” you’ll probably fall for the following:

A guy inventing a shark bite suit, with only one way to test, asks you to get in the water and let the sharks bite you. If you are one of those that would get in the water, “Here’s Your Sign”.

drewski

And now the rest of the story.. that is true biden voted to tax social security, as did virtually everyone, it was President reagans big push to keep the fund solvent. Thats right the gripper himself who pushed for it and signed it into law. Those dirty tax and spend Hollywood dems... like Ron Reagan oops. Shhhh blame the dems anyway!

mpjeep

You didn't read my post....Biden was the "deciding" vote. If not for him, it wouldn't have gotten the the president's desk.

FYI “We are not prepared for a pandemic,” the former vice president wrote, several weeks ahead of COVID-19’s being identified as an emerging threat. “Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security. We need leadership that builds public trust, focuses on real threats, and mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores”: verified by snopes.com

Sleepwalker

I don’t know guys. In one of bidens campaign he says he’ll treat us like family....i sure would like to have one of those high paying jobs he got his son. I’m just as unqualified

mpjeep

It’s really a sad state of affairs when the democrats couldn't find a worthy adversary to Trump.

After watching Biden in Durham the other day, it seemed to me that Biden is not far from somebody harvesting his organs.

Biden tries to present himself as a kind and civil person, but just watch his reaction when he’s confronted with a question he doesn’t like. It’s “C’mon man”, usually accompanied by an expletive. His kindness comes across, to me, as hypocrisy.

The medical symptoms of his brain aneurysms cause some of his speech problems and memory issues. As we age, most of us will experience medical issues. I know I have, and I’ll admit my deficiency, but do we really want a president with reduced mental capacity?

President Obama and VP Biden, along with congress enacted the Affordable Care Act / Obamacare in 2010. One of the stipulations was that if you didn’t purchase health insurance you would be charged with a “tax penalty”. Obama did this to “force” an increase in participants, so that his numbers would make him look like a hero to the American public.

In 2019, Trump, along with congress, rescinded the tax penalty. The tax penalty in 2018 was approx. $1,400 for a family of two.

Fortunately, I’ve never been on Obamacare and it’s not because I’m wealthy. But, I can only imagine folks that can’t afford healthcare, even with a government subsidy, couldn’t afford the tax penalty either.

The reason I mention this is because Biden has already said that if he is elected president, he will put the “tax penalty” mandate back into place for folks that don’t have health insurance.

True story: My wife and I celebrated an anniversary this week. She got me a Betta fish. I named him Trump.

K. Jack Schidt

Is this satire?

You can vote for trump, or you can vote for America. It's time to kick that con-artist out of our house.

mpjeep

Not Satire, Mr. PHD, just the facts.

The Biden team is under fire for releasing a TV campaign ad last week depicting a Michigan bar owner struggling to keep his business afloat during the pandemic.

What the ad fails to mention is the man is actually a wealthy tech investor who made contributions to the former vice president’s campaign. He also supported Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders that kept businesses shuttered longer.

Always A Teacher

This is a mix of satire and sarcasm. I agree with Jack (moniker?)! I have listened to trump. Does he REALLY say anything about his agenda? He gets off topic, name-calls, mocks, and degrades people...where is his health plan? Still waiting after almost 4 years! Still doesn't have one. Never had one...never will. Just blah, blah, blah...talks about toilets and dishwashers, throws tantrums... hardly an intellectual speech. I voted today and the Carolina skies are blue.

rooster

I certainly hope that you as a teacher have not also listened to Biden and deem him to be an intellectual. Biden-intellectual= oxymoron

drewski

I would vote for a moderate republican over biden any day. In 2020 thats not a choice. As a patriot who loves America, I am voting against Donald john Trump. He is toxic. BYE DON 2020

dc

We've seen the corruption embedded in politics, our institutions, the media, big tech, etc. Is it impossible to do anything about it? Beginning to look that way. But just maybe this writer knows what he's talking about. Let's hope so. "This is How the Left's Power Structure Collapses" by David Prentice.

David Collins

Remember you said that teacher , remember .

dc

No blue here. Does that mean sailors need to take warning?

dc

Guess some just can't be "taught" to open their ears & mind to anything anti-Biden boys just anti-Trump everything. Can't imagine what "unbiased" everything goes on in some classrooms.

JohnnyR

We are getting ready to make America great once again on January 20th 2021, that's the day we inaugurate President Harris!!

Oh how I wish I could see video of a select few here on that day, now that would be great entertainment!

mpjeep

Someone once said: there are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

dc

Somebody might vote for a RINO but would vote against major accomplishments & for a 47-year politician crook who lied about his education among lots of other braggard BS. Not a single right on foreign policy according to a well-respected DOD head. Against taking out bin Laden. His & boss's policy created ISIS which was reversed by this president. Economy blazing before CCP worldwide virus. Your guy has run how many times & failed? It's true your guy is probably one of the worse candidates ever to run & it will be embarrassing if he loses to the worse the socialist D party could offer. Trying to remember was there any others any better than a guy who used his drug-addicted son for enrichment opportunities with communists? Good choice. Well, Mr. Cool Gait is now helping though he waited 'til last minute. Glamour might help but the economy & peace may overcome. Anyone who believes this 47-year political joke can do a better job go for it.

drewski

It could be argued( with someone not immersed in fox-a-ganda) that what created isis was not Joe biden but a combination of arming the afghans against the russians, and 30 yrs later disbanding the Iraq army, then allowing them to disperse with their weapons. What party was in power when those events happened? Avert your eyes from trumps chineese bank accounts and rampant corruption. Feast on the various pathetic attempts at an October surprise.. bye don 2020

David Collins

Should the blue wave occur , you would be quite disappointed with at least my reaction . Been there before and am quite sure we all can muddle through it again . Thus is an advantage of age . Some folks have to live through their mistakes to see their mistakes . Good chance that I have only one more general election left .

drewski

The whitehouse has switched parties 28 times, perhaps that is the natural order in a two party system. You may consider the other party a mistake, I see it as a nessasary balance. Recent history suggests when the gop is power deregulation leads to a financial collapse. Start with the s&l crash in the 80's and move fwd. I guess you never overlaid a graph of sustained growth with what party is in power as I suggested. Propping up aig, now boosting the the stock mark with fed bank cash infusions. How do you suppose that's going to end? As always the fat cats will walk away fat and the taxpayer funds the bailout.

dc

Might go back to 1885. Well, who cares because this president is the only one trying with some degree of certainty to leave ME wars behind. He has done what he promised or at least has come closer than others. Actually did something to be nominated for Nobel. Your guys & gal were foreign policy jokes so don't forget to add Hillary & John to the joke list.

dc

Trafalgar may be one of the few pollsters trusted after this election. Who knows maybe the others know better & there's not an undercurrent. We shall see won't we?

dc

I'd go with Gates on Biden's brilliance in foreign policy & I'll go with Trump on Trump. Didn't need 40 something years in politics to do a job more impressive than those lifelong politicians. Amazing stuff huh?

dc

All talk but no action except for being the "big guy". Think this LT B is honest?

mpjeep

Biden keeps saying he's for all Americans, red and blue. Yet he keeps wearing blue ties. Hmmmmm

drewski

Bidens ties? really? perhaps its a sartorial counterpoint to trumps wardrobe? or possibly its a tie?

mpjeep

Touche!

mpjeep

Perhaps it was just me posting a comment with my dry sense of humor!

mpjeep

I know you watch Carlson and Hannity, ski, because you elude to them all the time, but do you ever miss Bill O'Reilly? I do!

Someone once said, There are two tragedies in life, one is not getting what you want; the other is getting it.

drewski

No jeep i don't miss him, he aired his far right views with a lil more tact and class then the current crop, but a pig in lipstick ..

Even more importantly after shelling out 13 million to settle lawsuits over his behaviour with subordinate female employees fox fired him. Men who treat women like that I have no use for what-so-ever. If he was on fire I wouldent.....

mpjeep

Stumping and bloviating for Biden. Same old subjective comments, deceptive arguments and manufacture of information to mislead folks into believing things that are not true. C’mon Man!

drewski

" manufacture of information to mislead" if you have an example of such you should cite it in your comments otherwise its just another vague trumpian accusation lacking any support, facts or basis in truth.. basically trumps whole campaign. or perhaps you have facts to show it was in fact hunter biden who created isis?? rather then serious blunders by GOP leadership

mpjeep

Some continue to try and push a square peg through a round hole.

mpjeep

Claims that the U.S. trade deficit with China went “up, not down” under Trump. In fact it was lower in 2019 than it was in Biden’s last year as vice president.

David Collins

Blue represents calmness and tranquility , nothing much happening . Red represents zest , action and decisiveness . Pretty much tells the story . Doesn’t it ?

drewski

After four yrs of trump some calmness and tranquilly is just what is needed,....

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mpjeep

Someone once said, There are two tragedies in life, one is not getting what you want; the other is getting it.

dc

Can you imagine where we'd be if HRC hadn't run but JB did? He would have lost worse than her because enough were fed up after 8 years with BO & JB. In that case you think JB would be running now? Probably so to keep the swamp law off his back. Same reason HRC ran,

drewski

Perhaps we would not have 200k +dead and rising at 8 or 900 a day. If anyone but " " i know better then anyone" trump had been elected.

dc

Might need to stock up for the Antifa/BLM virus around the corner.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

This election comes down to two choices: Freedom or civil war. Many will not tolerate socialism/communism. Nor will we tolerate the destruction of our Bill of Rights. All will come with a Biden/Harris presidency. The choice is clear. What do you want?

drewski

It does come down to 2 choices, sanity and leadership based on science, or 4 more years of in your face corruption and stupidity.

mpjeep

Every speech he makes, Biden (middle class Joe as he calls himself) tells the story of living in Scranton, PA trying to connect (get votes) with the middle class working folks.

Biden lived in Scranton until he was 10, which is about 12 percent of his life.

mpjeep

Democratic nominee Joe Biden said his team has created "the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics" in a recent video.

4yanks

I will help to keep America great by casting my vote for Joe Biden. I am not sure where all the talk of socialism/communism is coming from. I know this, it's not coming from the Biden campaign. If there is a hint of socialism in the Biden/Harris Team it is certainly less than existed in any of FDR's administrations, and he brought us out of the depression and led us through WWII. When FDR died he left us the richest most powerful nation on earth. So please stop trying to scare people with socialism.

mpjeep

The system ain't perfect, sometimes the bad guy (Biden) wins. 

dc

You probably give one man way too much credit. We had to be led by somebody so maybe FDR was as good as any. Allied seapower, massive Soviet casualties & overwhelming numbers of t-34 tanks on Eastern Front, & probably the fatal flaw of Hitler's interventions in prosecuting the war deciding factors. Think 4 out of 5 Germans died fighting the Soviets. Then to Churchill's dismay FDR was frail & weak negotiating with Stalin. Truman's decision to drop the bomb ended it all. The Axis lack of food & firepower helped, FDR didn't end the Depression the war did. Replacing an FDR loser as VP on the D ticket with Truman was a godsend too.

David Collins

No talk of socialism in the Harris campaign . Of course not , they never do . Actually not much of any specific talk about much of anything they would do different from what is being done to address the problems we have now . Mainly political slogans and trashing the opposition . Hey , it is an election and that is what you are going to get .

Need to look hard at what the candidates have actually done during their political lives . Basically you pick your poison and live with it . It will be for only 4 years , what possibly could go wrong ?

mpjeep

Continues with brain issues:

Biden said. "And the character of the country in my view is literally on the ballot. What kind of country we're gonna be? Four more years of George, ah, George... gonna find ourselves in a position where if Trump gets elected we're going to be in a different world."

mpjeep

There are a lot of folks out there that don't like Trump because he has "Moxie". I like that in him.

mpjeep

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that the government could provide four-year college educations for $150 billion, only for his campaign to later admit it would really be closer to double that amount.

"I can send every single qualified person to a four-year college in their state for $150 billion," Biden said. "I can make sure every single person who qualifies for community college can go and we still have a lotta money left over. That's what I mean by significant institutional changes.

"60 Minutes" noted that organizations like the Tax Policy Center have questioned the validity of Biden's claims that the corporate tax would raise that much money. His quoted cost of education was also off the mark, according to his campaign.

mpjeep

You don’t like Bill O'Reilly because, hmmmm.

Sounds like hypocrisy to me. Maybe a credibility issue.

You do like “hair sniffing” Biden who’s own running mate, Kamala Harris said, she believed the women who spoke out against him for inappropriately touching women.

The same Biden who had an affair with his best friend's wife?

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drewski

Well I dunno about gossipy stories from checkout line newspapers. What I do know is I was asked about O'Reilly and I gave my opinion. I am not thrilled with biden, but if sexual assault and treatment of women is your criteria for POTUS lets compare trump and biden then. Remind me how many pics of biden with epstein? How many rape allegations against trump? How long has biden been married to Jill?

How many times trump has betrayed his family for newest porn star? Yes lets compare the 2 men on anything.

David Collins

Wouldn’t it be interesting if these politicians could be held personally libel for their outrageous claims ? Would love to see Biden have to liquidate all his personal affects to pay for that whopper . Bet it would change the face of American elections forever and save a whole ton of money . Candidates would have to run purely on their record . The BS factor would be in the low single digits .

Sleepwalker

Bidens great big proclamations remind me of of “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor...if you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance “.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

There is a reason there is a national shortage of ammunition and ammunition primers. There is a coming storm with a Biden/Harris presidency. The Bill of Rights is one of those things worth fighting and dying for. We will not tolerate the violation of our Bill of Rights. Some can thumb their nose at our Constitution, but do so at their own peril.

JusticeForAll

No, the reason for the shortage of ammunition, primers and firearms, is not a Democratic presidency. It is the scare tactics used by those who misuse the meaning of patriotism to fuel unwarranted claims and get the bravado into warp overdrive. Patriotism should be driven by honor and decency.

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