Normally, I do not respond to commentaries that either disagree or criticize my guest columns that appear in The (Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel. Everyone is entitled, no problem.
However, with the recent letter to the editor submitted by retired Ball State Professor B.J. Paschal in response to a recent piece I wrote concerning the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, I have decided to make an exception.
At the heart of Professor Paschal's concern, it seems, are the results of last November's election. Although he expresses himself a bit more thoughtfully, his trepidations seem hand in hand with those expressed by such luminaries as Meryl Streep, Nancy Pelosi and Joy Behar. That trepidation, of course, is that Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States, as well as the Republicans now controlling both houses of Congress. Moreover, with that, to Paschal's way of thinking, America is no longer a beacon of freedom.
Paschal begins his argument by stating that “Election 2016 demonstrated that a majority of voting Americans can't be persuaded of the merits and decency of our system.” He goes on to address what he describes as the “moral confidence of America,” as if voting for Donald Trump as president is the most immoral thing any American could possibly have done with their ballot.
He goes on to find fault by stating, “The hurdle to the promise of a safer, richer, fuller, fairer life for health care is the laissez-faire zombie in the Republican tent.”
Of course, what the previous eight years have taught is that simply handing out goodies, aka Obamacare does not go without paying a price. Despite the lofty promises, The Affordable Care Act failed to attract the younger people, and for those who did purchase the protection, many soon discovered that the price was still steep and the offerings slim.
Many bitterly chose not to pay the premiums but the penalties instead. The lack of enthusiasm, in turn, led many of the insurance companies, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana, Aetna and United Health, to opt out of the markets. Which now leaves it upon the Republican-led Congress to come up with a better and more economically sound plan.
Despite a rocky start, President Trump seems intent on providing Americans a better plan, and not one based on false promises. Remember that zinger, “You can keep your doctor!”
The good professor also laments, “If the president the voters elect terrifies our allies and the free world, how can anyone make a case to ordinary Chinese, Indian and Russian students?”
Well, Professor, it seems that because of recent decisions by our president, and our responses to dictators gassing their own citizens, terrorists carrying out missions unhindered and unhinged leaders playing darts with nuclear threats, not everyone seems terrified of President Trump.
Following the attack on the Syrian airbase after the Syrian air force launched chemical weapons on its own people, many of those who through the years have been directly affected by Assad's brutal regime were not shy in expressing their gratitude to President Trump. To the shock of a CNN interviewer, a survivor of a 2013 chemical weapon attack, Kassem Eid, enthusiastically told the viewers “I was overwhelmed; I felt grateful for President Trump; I felt grateful for the United States.”
I am sure this is not what the college or Hollywood elites wanted to hear. Too bad.
Finally, in my guest column supporting Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, I mentioned the treatment of Robert Bork when President Reagan had nominated him. Paschal attempted to minimize my point by suggesting that Bork was treated no differently than other past Supreme Court nominees who had been blocked. But I believe he knows better.
My point was the cruel and unusual treatment of Bork by the liberal and Democratic Senate led by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, who without any frame of fact outlandishly led the charge saying “Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is — and is often the only — protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy.”
It is eerily reminiscent of the scare tactics put out by the progressives to this very day. They are good at demanding political correctness, but practicing it is another matter. There is no restraint as they attack those of us they consider deplorable, or who Paschal calls “the buffoon.” To the modern progressive feeding fear and manipulating the belief in oppression in place of stirring motivation, creates followers.
But I do agree with Professor Paschal on one point; There is a lot to be afraid of out there in the wide, wide world. However, America is not among that crowd. Unless you are one of those who gas children or wave missiles around as if they were tinker toys. To believe in America sir, maybe you should take a bit more time to understand its foundations. They have not eroded, and we are not buffoons.
Bob Rinearson is a resident of Fort Wayne.