I don’t know why anyone would want to be president of these United States.
First of all, these states are far from being united … held together by a thin cord of laws stemming from the Constitution to state legislatures all over the country. Recently, a couple of county sheriffs have said, “We’re not going to uphold these new gun laws, and you can count on that.” There are no new gun laws at this writing, and those local yokels have no authority in defying laws passed by Congress. So, they have nothing yet to defy, and probably will not have.
And then there’s the case of Chuck Hagel, ex-senator from Nebraska, a Republican good ol’ boy of the biggest good ol’ boys’ club in the world, the United States Senate. He, obviously, has made a terrible error in wanting to serve his country beyond his time in the Senate. And how does this ex-senator from Nebraska dare to take his Republican credentials and stand to serve this leftist-leaning president? He has upset the sanctimonious balance. It goes back to bigotry, stupidity and just plain ugliness for things and people who are not like us. The First Lady is one of the best that has graced the White House … well educated, Harvard Law School, and critics are looking for things to criticize (the NRA’s advertisement on TV criticizing the president because his daughters have Secret Service guardianship). Someone asked the other day why I criticize the right-wingers, and I flippantly replied, “They … make it very easy.”
A recent flap was whether the president actually did skeet shooting. Oh my gosh, you would have thought he had cursed in church. And just before I sat down to write this, the White House released a picture of the president aiming and shooting a shotgun. Frankly, I miss Harry Truman because Harry would have told them to stick it. With social media so pervasive, it’s a wonder anybody can do anything without screams, hollering and somebody accusing you of something.
I’m reminded every day you don’t have to tell the truth on the Internet. In fact, the Manti’ Te’o situation has proven, without a shadow of a doubt, you can hurt people by just telling a big, fat lie. In “Mein Kampf”, Hitler advised his readers to tell big lies because everybody tells little lies and, to get them believed, you must tell bigger ones. (Don’t look for me on Facebook.)
Anyway, the president constantly faces a pile of monkey manure shoveled at him by those who are, evidently, unhappy with this democracy. In the meantime, I’ll subscribe to this old advice … I’ll keep my head down, keep my powder dry, and I would advise the president to do the same.
Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.
I don’t know why anyone would want to be president of these United States.
Readers’ Forum: April 24, 2014
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- Readers’ Forum: April 23, 2014
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I recently saw a television pitch man explain the virtues of the single blade in what appeared to be an old-fashioned safety razor. He was explaining we didn’t need three blades in a razor, or five, or six, and how many more are we going to get with the razor to get that perfect shave? He urged us to use only one.
Readers’ Forum: April 22, 2014
Volunteer to help a child
Very successful WDC Style Show
EDITORIAL: Exploring the road to better health
The Indiana 8th Congressional District exemplifies the importance of the Hoosier Health Care Tour conducted by two doctors who also serve as lawmakers — one on the state level, the other in Washington, D.C.
Readers’ Forum: April 21, 2014
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MARK BENNETT: Living the dream
Earth Day receives its share of under-your-breath criticism.
EDITORIAL: Pondering the jail problem
Our compliments to Vigo County Councilman Mark D. Bird for taking the time and investing the thought and energy into writing his detailed letter to the editor on the topic of the county’s jail, published in this newspaper on April 13.
FLASHPOINT: Newspapers and baseball: Two great institutions are evolving
There are few aspects of American life that are the same today as they were 100 years ago. Two of them are newspapers and baseball.
Readers’ Forum: April 20, 2014
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Addressing issues of inequality
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An outstanding choice for judge
No excuses for Benghazi tragedy
RONN MOTT: Spring activities settle into northside park
Some say young love blossoms like the flowers in the spring. It must be spring, because we witnessed the first wedding ceremony performed in the Collett Park gazebo on a recent Saturday.
EDITORIAL: Get smart with 911
Worst-case scenarios when emergency service are needed are not things people like to think about. But focused attention on details in advance could make a life-changing, even life-saving, difference in the future.
FLASHPOINT: Heading in the wrong direction
A study released last week by the Tax Foundation reported Indiana taxpayers saw one of the sharpest increases in tax burden since 2001. Dig deeper and the numbers are more alarming.
RONN MOTT: They didn’t make it!
The “One and Dones” done went and didn’t! (I know this is grammatically incorrect, but I want those folks down in Kentucky to read it.)
EDITORIAL: Dealing with eroded trust
Our neighbors in Putnam County are understandably concerned, even outraged, over problems in their sheriff’s department. People have a right to expect their chief law-enforcement agency — one of the most important public institutions in any community — to operate professionally and effectively.
Readers’ Forum: April 17, 2014
• A blessing from our young folks
• Confidence in judge candidate
EDITORIAL: Preparing for voting changes
The primary election, during which Hoosiers will traipse to their polling places to select party candidates to fill the ballot for the general election, is now three weeks away.
Readers’ forum: April 16, 2014
• Mott’s rant on global warming
• Salvation through the Indian way
RONN MOTT: Royce Waltman
In recent days the papers have been full of good things about Royce Waltman. Not a lot of puffery, but more like Royce himself… straight, true and right at you.
LIZ CIANCONE: Not much peace since war to end all wars
My jaw dropped the other day when I read that this year, 2014, marks 100 years since the start of World War I. No, you wise guys, I wasn’t there personally.
Readers’ Forum: April 15, 2014
Sound choice for county judge
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Park restrooms should be open
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news (Honors for outstanding women)
Honors for outstanding women
Sprucing up around the wetlands
You can say that again
Reader Poll results
Readers’ Forum: April 14, 2014
Alternatives to ‘injustice’
EDITORIAL: Teaming up to fight the ugliness of graffiti
Graffiti hurts the Terre Haute community. It deflates property values and local pride. It literally paints an image of carelessness on the city.
MARK BENNETT: It’s (Not) So Easy
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ERIC SCHANSBERG: The 1040 tax form turns 100
The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution brought us the federal income tax in 1913. A year later, the 1040 tax form was born.
Readers’ Forum: April 13, 2014
• An attack of hypocrisy
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• Thinking about the next election
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• Work status a matter of value
FLASHPOINT: Time to fix government
In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment when Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.
Death Notice: April 13, 2014
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