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Country before political party


Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Donald Trump continues to trample on common decorum. His ability to garner enthusiastic support from segments of the GOP, while earning contempt from much of the rest of the party, has put the future of the Grand Old Party in jeopardy. The GOP has been used in reference to the Republican Party for nearly 140 years. The deepening fissures in the GOP are historic, significant, and unsettling. President Richard Nixon maintained that “a party that can not unite itself can not unite America.”

Even more worrisome are the divisions in America that are being widened in a large part by the candidacy and dangerous rhetoric of Trump. Extreme ideologies in the two major parties, even before this election season, had already had the effect of paralyzing Congress. Important issues involving entitlements, national debt, and military readiness, to name a few, are frozen. Unfortunately, moderate members of Congress that have helped bring people together to find common ground are an endangered group.

People are frustrated, afraid of the future, and some are angry, very angry. The demagoguery and divisiveness practiced by Trump is not the answer. It only feeds the hostility and stokes the anger. It leads to more division and dysfunction. People don’t think rationally when anger is in control.

Recent comparisons have been made between Trump and George Wallace, who ran fourtimes for president in the 1960s and 1970s. He, like Trump, was offensive to so many. Wallace drew huge crowds preaching segregation and populism. There were fist fights and other physical encounters encouraged by the candidate. His followers like Trump’s believed he said it “like it was”. “Saying it like it is” is just a phrase used to make it seem OK to be intolerant, uncivil, insulting, vulgar, and disrespectful. Both put down the media and both played on supporters fears and emotions, using their anger to drive a wedge between groups that differ. Fortunately, Wallace was a third party candidate with little chance of actually becoming president. Not so with Trump.

Trump may win the Republican nomination. If he gets the delegates for the nomination outright or if there is a contested convention, the Grand Old Party could be reduced to ashes. What it morphs into will likely be something less than favorable for the country’s future.

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To find hope, look around you

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

These are very unhappy times in Washington. Relations between the executive and legislative branches are not just sour, but corrosive. The Republican-led Senate has declared it will simply ignore a presidential nomination to the Supreme Court. Both ..... 
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Legal immigration and crony capitalism

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Sold Out is a new book by Michelle Malkin and John Miano. To understand the current immigration debate, especially about legal immigration, it is a must read. Multi-billionaire Carlos Slim acquired his great wealth through a corrupt arrangement ..... 
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Choosing a president

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

In the New Testament, we are told the story of Jesus who walked among the people of Israel. The world was a “dangerous place filled with violence, fear and superstition”. The crowds that came to hear Jesus were looking for deliverance. Toda ..... 
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To the publisher and Bluff Country communities and businesses

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

By Robert Coe Chatfield, MN There have been many poorly informed and controversial articles in the past month on Southeast Minnesota Historic Bluff Country, INC. (SMHBC). Most of these stories have been from sources such as court documents, commun ..... 
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The missing half of Congress’s job

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

Every now and then, I’m asked if I miss serving in Congress. My stock answer is that no, I don’t really miss it, but there are definitely times when I’d like to jump right into a policy debate or be in a position to call congressional hearings ..... 
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A generational call

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

The caucus is upon us, and it is your responsibility to make it work. Yes, YOU. Democracy is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and if the people don’t bother to take part, then it becomes a government of the slea ..... 
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Madelia: when the smoke settles

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
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When a devastating fire took out a large portion of Madelia’s historic main street earlier this month, the town and surrounding community were understandably shaken. Madelia’s population is just over 2,200, but given the number of Minnesotans ..... 
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Racism in America: It’s time to face the facts

By Jeff Erding

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

If you’ve been watching the news and reading the papers, you know the subject of racism has been prominent in America. An endless series of events have spawned violent protests, destructive and unlawful behavior, accusations of wrong doing by law ..... 
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