Larry’s Latest Letter to the Editor , August 6, 2019, Hiroshima Day

by Larry Kerschner

Is it too late for America to elect a President who cares more for our children and our future than for those who care only about money and power? Can we elect a Senate not owned by the insurance companies, Big Pharma, Wall Street and the arms manufacturers?

In 900 days in the White House, Donald Trump has told over 10,000 lies. Last month, Secretary of State Pompeo declared that Iran is “the largest state sponsor of terror” with no evidence. Also with no real evidence, Democrats have pushed the position that Russia interfered with our elections. The International Research Agency, who Mueller claims to be behind this dastardly attack by Russia, spent $44,000 on Facebook ads before the election. This was a drop in the bucket of the total media budget for Trump-Clinton of $81,000,000.00.

We are told to look at those evil people who “hate our democracy” and want to control our elections but the United States is the country with the long history of attempting to influence elections in other countries– it’s done so as many as 81 times between 1946 and 2000, according to a database amassed by political scientist Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University. In 1953, the CIA organized a coup to overthrow Mosaddeq who had been democratically elected by the People of Iran. In 1968, Martin Luther King said “The United States is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world”. That hasn’t changed since then.

Both political parties make up the left and right wings of the single war party. Why do both major parties want to blame foreigners for our problems? The Republicans want us to fear Iran and the Democrats want us to fear Russia. Both Parties produce an enemy to make sure the American people aren’t paying attention to what is really happening in the world. Neither wants us to look at the real problems that are destroying our country.

These problems include the energy crisis due to reliance on fossil fuels which has added to the climate crisis of global warning; the economic crisis in which many have to work two and three jobs to make ends meet while 1% massively increase their wealth; the constitutional crisis due to an outdated Electoral College; and the Imperial outreach with 800 military bases around the world. The Pentagon is spending two trillion dollars to rebuild every nuclear weapon and delivery system. What could go wrong in a world so focused on attacking enemies?

Donald Trump is a narcissistic racist autocrat who has overfilled the Washington D.C. swamp with the most corrupt administration since Ronald Reagan. The supposed leading Democrat Joe Biden is Hillary 2.0, anointed by the East Coast corporate-media complex. Most of the Democratic contenders are beholden to one corporate lobby or another. While there is no perfect candidate, it seems to me that Mike Gravel, Bernie Sanders, and possibly Elizabeth Warren and Tulsi Gabbard are the Presidential candidates who are looking out for the people instead of themselves.