Column was self-serving, purposely divisive

To the editor:

The column, “Red America is holding Blue America hostage,” grossly misstated much, is self-serving and is purposely divisive. Right off the block, first paragraph, the column uses “undocumented” immigrants instead of “illegal” immigrants. It also claims Americans support a pathway to citizenship for the “illegal” immigrants. The fact is that Americans are wholeheartedly against the staggering amounts of illegal immigrants pouring into the U.S., the staggering amounts of our taxes going to this “illegal” influx. Immigration polling, like all polling, is indeed complicated and can be used to prove anything a pollster wants to prove. In this case, the polling referenced is the column author’s own polling team. Maybe he should take a look at a Rasmussen poll last Thursday, in which 71% percent of likely U.S. voters are quite upset with the amount of money pouring into “illegal” immigration, saying they (“illegal” immigrants) shouldn’t receive any type of aid. Or the Morning Consult + Politico National Tracking Poll August 28-30, Crosstabulation Results Table P1: 61% of registered voters believe the administration is moving in the wrong direction on “illegal” immigration.

I could say much more but will stop after pointing out that the Senate of the United States was not created to maintain slave states’ power, it was first proposed so the individual colonies had a “republic” type representation; those in favor of the Senate at that time were evenly divided among the northern and southern colonies without regard to slavery. The author appears to be among the first fruits of the CRT indoctrination a recent contributor claimed did not exist except as a law school course.

Thomas Finnegan

Waynesville

Glaringly obvious Jones hates America

To the editor:

The new darling of The Mountaineer, Alex H. Jones, just can’t seem to get his one track mind out of the past. In his latest screed he claims that the U.S. Senate was “constructed over the first century of the Republic to maintain the slave states’ power in the face of northern population growth.” If there has ever been a more laughable sentence published by this newspaper, I missed it. But in an inward looking effort to outdo himself, Jones further insinuates that the Electoral College is little more than a Jim Crow circus sideshow. It is glaringly obvious: Jones hates America and the institutions that have sustained it for almost 300 years.

Ever faithful to his metastasizing collection of leftist delusion, Jones did not miss another opportunity to dump his sweat-soaked T-shirt in the middle of the abortion issue, something he sympathetically refers to as “American women’s right to basic reproductive healthcare.” If late-term abortion is a right, and if it is considered by Jones to be “healthcare,” then I have to assume that the meat-processing plants in Iowa are merely beauty salons where cattle go to get petted and groomed. But hey, those cows have a “right” to it.

And I just adore Jones’ Freudian slop-wallow use of the word “eviscerate” when he speaks of the abortion issue. Great word choice. Keep up the good work, Alex. Maybe The Atlantic magazine will take notice and offer you a job in the mailroom.

Scott Muirhead

Waynesville

Knowledge without wisdom

To the editor:

In the guest column, “Red America is holding Blue America hostage,” Alexander Jones proposes the elimination of the Electoral College as an “undemocratic institution,” and then moves further into a thinly disguised diatribe against Republican-nominated justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. This young whippersnapper, by virtue of his supposedly superior credentials, would convince us that a strictly egalitarian democracy would serve freedom better than the Republic that was established with much blood, sweat and tears some 254 years ago. The framers of that Constitution knew something that everyone of age should know: a simple democracy would set this country on its oceanic ears. In other words, the states bordering the “shining seas,” among others, would be able to dictate to the Midwest and Plains states whatever liberal claptrap they desired, with relative impunity. No accountability; no problem.

No one could accuse this young man of ignorance; he has his parchment. The one thing he doesn’t have is experiential wisdom. Knowledge without wisdom is rather dangerous. Ancient Israel — among others — knew well that youth and godly wisdom were great companions, yet they still held to the premise that a man had little business speaking publicly until age 30. The reasons are obvious: the experience of living and observing gives a very different perspective on life. I believe this was the reason that Jesus began his short, very effectual ministry at that age. It may just be, that the ancients knew something we don’t in our youth-worshiping society. Without the balance of sensible restrictions like the Electoral College, mob rule becomes the bailiwick of the reigning party.

Conservative people have learned that — with the exception of international connections — limited government is best in almost every situation. In spite of Jones’ fear of the Supreme Court’s possible “eviscerat[ion] of women’s reproductive rights,” as “minority rule,” he betrays his own desire to have his party’s way at the expense of the will “of the people.” “The people” were the ones who established our government, and wisely included a method to mitigate mob rule. It’s called the Electoral College.

David A. Williams

Waynesville

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