President responsible for best voter turnout in history

This is in response to the recent letter titled “America is great because of our democracy.”

Democracy is defined as “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.” Mr. Septoff claims, in his letter, that Donald Trump somehow made it harder for Americans to vote by mail, slowed mail-in voting, and questioned the legitimacy of mail-in voting. At least he got one out of three right.

President Trump did not make it harder to vote or slow down voting, considering the approximately 150 million people who voted in the election this year, many of which were by mail. He did question the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which we have seen examples of ballots being sent to the deceased or previous residents who no longer live at their address, as well as ballots taken and thrown out.

The simple solution would be to ensure that the actual name on the ballot has a signature that matches the person casting their vote. Mr. Septoff is following the democratic narrative to a tee by saying the president is refusing to acknowledge his loss and will not transition to the next president peacefully; this is blatantly false. President Trump is utilizing the options that are available to him and any other candidate who participates in a close election.

He has every right to question certain tactics used to tabulate the votes and it is more than coincidental that some states changed their own voting practices while the election was already in progress ( … thanks to those mail-in votes the president “slowed down”… see Pennsylvania). President Trump is not a threat to our democracy, but what is being threatened is the public’s right to elect and be served by honest and trustworthy politicians, instead of ones who are driven by false narratives given by extremely biased mainstream media, ones who don’t need to use a once-a-century pandemic to promote fear mongering, while barely leaving their home to campaign for the highest office in our country, ones who are not looking to placate to the very countries that wish us harm, ones who do not use the propaganda of socialists to sway votes, while telling us he is a moderate Democrat.

To say that Republicans only accept election results when they win is a rich statement, considering the past four years of listening to Democrats, headed by Hillary Clinton, who have never accepted President Trump’s victory in 2016, and with the threat of another loss coming in 2020, promised to change the rules, i.e., pack the court, eliminate the filibuster, make Washington, D.C., a state, etc.

Regardless of what you think of President Trump, he is directly responsible for the greatest voter turnout in history. Call me crazy, but that sounds like democracy to me!

Joshua Copeland


Consider a turkey-free feast this Thanksgiving

Next week, President Trump will take a break from brooding over his election loss to pardon two turkeys.

Every one of us has that same awesome power to pardon an innocent, sentient bird by choosing a plant-based roast for our Thanksgiving dinner.

The 222 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year are raised in crowded sheds filled with toxic fumes. Their beaks and toes are clipped to prevent stress-induced aggression. At the tender age of 16 weeks, workers cut their throats and dump them into boiling water to remove their feathers.

Consumers pay a heavy price, too. Turkey flesh is laced with cholesterol and saturated fats that elevate risk of chronic killer diseases. Prolonged cooking is required to destroy deadly pathogens lurking inside.

Now, for the good news. With growing popularity of Tofurky and other plant-based holiday roasts, U.S. turkey production has dropped a whopping 25 percent from its 1995 high of 293 million.

This Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for our good fortune, health and happiness with a cruelty-free, plant-based holiday roast available in convenient sizes.

An internet search on “vegetarian Thanksgiving” offers more options and recipes than we could possibly use.

Calvin Cowan


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