LETTER from RICHARD STERNBERG
To the Editor:
I have a problem with Mike Zagata’s last opinion piece.
In it he quotes Donald Trump’s tweet, “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democratic congresswomen who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken crime infested places from which they came? Then come back and show us how it is done.”
Well, I have a real problem with the president disparaging the United States. Three out of the four members of “The Squad” were born in the United States.
In spite of the current national dichotomy I think it is despicable for the president to declare our country “totally broken” and “crime infested” but I assume Mr. Zagata has no problem with this based on the way he comments on it.
Before he implies that they are immigrants by failing to correct the president’s comments, and Congress-woman Ocasio-Cortez’ family has been American since 1898 at least one generation and probably two before the Trumps, he should be aware that Donald Trump has claimed that his father was an immigrant. (By the way, he wasn’t, but the president’s grandfather was.) He then takes the liberty of loosely translating the president’s words. He is very loose with his “translation.”
I myself have a great deal of problems with “The Squad” and have found myself opposed to almost
all their proposals but the president having similar problems does not give him the right to deprecate our wonderful country.
VIEW FROM WEST DAVENPORT
Since the day they were sworn into office, the “Squad of Four” Congresswomen with a far-left agenda have been critical of the President and of this country. They have been incessant in demeaning the President, calling him a racist, xenophobic, homophobic and every other “phobic” one can dream up.
One of them has engaged in tirades which range from being anti-Semitic to stating that on “911” “someone did something”. Yes, someone did do something. A group of Muslim terrorists blew up both units of the World Trade Center and killed several thousand innocent Americans. When asked if she is a terrorist, she responds by saying that innocent Muslims are having their rights denied. That’s not answering the question.
New York’s member of the “Squad” (is that short for “hit” squad?) talks about how the non-wealthy are miss-treated in this country in spite of the fact she rose from being a bartender to a Congresswoman. If that’s being miss-treated or deprived of opportunity, then I’m all for it.
Let’s take a look at what she wants – free college education, free health care and, as frosting to her cake, she came up with the “Green New Deal” – a program so expensive not even her fellow Democrats backed a House resolution supporting it. It garnered zero votes. If bankrupting our country isn’t enough, she wants to increase taxes on those people who create jobs, and change from capitalism to socialism – just as unemployment numbers for blacks and Hispanics are at an all-time low.
She wants to abolish ICE and supports open borders while ranting on about how the illegal immigrants are being deprived of their Constitutional rights. Is she aware the Constitution applies to US Citizens – and thus illegal immigrants do not fall under the aegis of its protection? And then one has to ask what has she done as a voting member of the House to correct the flaws in our immigration laws and to fund the construction of better temporary housing while those immigrants are being processed. Is she aware that President Obama deported more illegal immigrants than president Trump has to date?
You see, it’s not about the issues or playing fair. It’s about the fact the President won the election and Hillary lost. The left will do anything to change the results of that election before the 2020 election. Do you recall when, during the Presidential debates, Hillary asked candidate Trump if he would abide by the election results if he lost? When the shoe was on the other foot, she clearly hasn’t accepted the election results.
Let’s take a look at exactly what the president said in his tweet. He said: “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came? Then come back and show us how it is done.” Read it closely. Do you find any reference to race, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference, etc.? Did he say to go back to a specific country? No. Loosely translated, he said if you don’t like the greatest country in the world, please go back to the place (city, town, village, country, whatever) where things are worse than the America he is referencing to and make them better. If you can show us how to do that, we’re willing to learn from you.
Instead of taking that challenge, which is what they were elected to do, they decided to play the role of victims. Remember, these are the same four women that have been attacking the President and this country for two years, and now they’re “victims” of a single tweet. Give me a break! You asked for it and you got it. Grow up and do the job you were elected to do – represent your constituents, not your ideology. Our Congresswoman denied the people of down-state 25,000 jobs by harassing Amazon until it decided to go elsewhere. Is that why New Yorkers put her in office?
As I’ve said in other articles, please stop and think about what’s really happening. Is Sorus pulling their strings so he can foster his socialistic agenda? Listen closely to what is being said and see if it rings a note of sincerity and spontaneity. For example, yesterday I heard Senator Schumer use the word “trope”, as in racist trope. Then a few minutes later I heard it being used on the major networks. Today the word of the day was “racist”. Remember when the buzzwords were “Constitutional Crisis”. Do the networks and the Democrats have a daily conference call and decide their plan of attack each day. Remember your kindergarten teacher’s approach to teaching you what she wanted you to learn. She said it over and over until it sunk in, i.e. you believed it. Nothing has changed.
Mike Zagata, former DEC commissioner in the Pataki Administration and environmental executive with Fortune 500 companies, lives in West Davenport.