Jane Chastain : Politically Direct

Castro’s Myths Exposed

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Fidel Castro is dead and Cubans in the United States and other free countries say, “Good riddance!”    Meanwhile, the good Citizens in this communist state must fake tears and mourn for the dearly departed dictator or there will be hell to pay.

Unfortunately, life will not change for the people of Cuba because of Fidel’s passing for brother Raul has picked up where his evil brother left off.

Nevertheless, I am appalled at how, in the wake of the elder Castro’s death, major networks, even the more conservative Fox News Channel, continue to perpetuate myths about his educational and health care achievements. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 30th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

A Day of Thanksgiving (Not Since the Civil War Has Our Nation been so Divided)

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Never in my lifetime have I seen so many disgruntled people in this country which has stood as a beacon of hope for oppressed people around the globe.

Our country has withstood a civil war, two world wars, a great depression, the cold war,  terrorist attacks, a housing crisis and numerous recessions but we’ve stood together, as one people, through these difficult times and come out stronger as a result of the trials.

Now it seems we are being torn apart by activists among us who want to separate us by race, gender, religion, ethnic origin, political persuasion and all manner of economic and educational strata for their own selfish ends.   Read the rest of this entry »

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November 23rd, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Trump Ties Himself in Knots on “60 Minutes”

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In the third presidential debate I found myself screaming at Donald Trump when he addressed Chris Wallace’s questions regarding his Supreme Court appointments.

Trump, I assumed, fell into the litmus test trap when he answered Wallace’s first question on gun rights.  Trump said, “We are going to appoint justices that will feel very strongly about the Second Amendment.”

Trump threw out a another litmus test when Wallace then asked, “Do you want the court, including the justices that you will name, to overturn Roe v. Wade, which includes, in fact, states a woman’s right to abortion?” Read the rest of this entry »

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November 16th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

A Victory for the Great Unwashed (Now GOP Leaders must Put Up or Shut Up)

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I was born in what was then a deep blue state, into a Democratic family.  Among my kin you were either a Democrat or un-American.  As a youngster I asked my parents, “Why are we Democrats?”  They answered, “Because Democrats are for the working people.”

My parents both worked very hard and so I just accepted that.  When I turned 18, I registered to vote and proudly voted in every election.  I didn’t know anything about the issues, but I voted.  When I became a parent, I began to study the issues and realized that Democrats were not what they seemed.  They supported principles that undermined the working class, small business owners and immigrants who wanted their shot at the American dream.   As the years rolled by, these Democrats took positions that were, well, un-American.

Much to my chagrin, I discovered, that Republicans weren’t much better.  Although, they talked a good ballgame about law and order, the free enterprise system and protecting the rights of the minority by defending the Constitution, they were afraid to make the case for these beliefs.  They were gradually taken over by political correctness and were unwilling to fight for anything for fear of losing their precious seats in Congress and their small grip on what power they had left. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 9th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Election Reform: If I Were Queen

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Election day has lost its meaning.  For most, it’s business as usual, the normal day-to-day stuff,  but voting is no longer part of it.

On Friday, the FBI announced it was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and 34 percent of people told pollsters they would be “less likely” to vote for her, but wait!  More than 22 million people had already cast their votes.

Too bad for them. Too bad for the country.  In a race this close, it could affect the final outcome.

It used to be that a voter had to give a reason to vote early,   Now citizens are encouraged to vote by mail or show up at a polling place any old time.   It’s a needless drain of manpower and resources.

States are not allowed to publish the totals from early voting, but most publish everything else:   the race, ethnicity and even the party affiliation of most early voters.  Certain groups are fairly predictable and here is no shortage of analysts to tell us what these numbers mean.  By the time the election rolls around, a voter could get the feeling that its all over, so why bother.  This can suppress the vote and affect the outcome.  Read the rest of this entry »

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November 2nd, 2016 at 5:30 pm


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