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Editor, the Advocate:

This letter is in reply to Carl Bankston’s letter in the Advocate Oct. 21. I would suggest Mr. Bankston change the channel on the TV and listen to something other than rightwing talk radio. Perhaps he would get a different perspective. In other words, get the Democratic perspective from actual Democrats, not the biased version he obviously listens to.

Here is the Democratic plan for America:

1. Good affordable health care for everyone, not just those who can afford it.

2. Early childhood education for every child so that many of our youth who today are caught up in crime can get the education necessary to get a job and earn a living, thereby going to work every day instead of to jail.

3. An infrastructure plan to provide American jobs that cannot be outsourced while reducing our dependency on foreign energy sources.

4. Checks on gun purchases, ensuring that everyone who wants to own a gun can, but making sure criminals and the mentally unstable cannot purchase a weapon to go on a killing spree.

5. Not defunding the police, but restructuring the money going to police departments to train first responders who can intervene and perhaps prevent a more serious situation from becoming reality.

6. Tightening our borders through humane laws that do not tear children from their parents’ arms to scare immigrants from coming to America.

7. Restoring alliances with other countries to combat issues such as global warming, which is clearly already impacting our environment.

8. Letting our enemies on the world stage know we won’t put up with their attempts to interfere with our democracy, thus returning our country to one that is respected in the world and looked up to for the leadership we used to enjoy. And...

9. Setting the example of respect and dignity among ourselves so that we can carry on civil conversations with our neighbors without fear of alienating ourselves from those we used to get along with.

Mr. Bankston’s fantasy that everyone will be equipped with RFIDs is simply absurd and demonstrates the depth of his immersion in rightwing conspiracy theory.

Rather than demonizing the other side, we should be practicing the compromise that has made America great. We are at our best when we work together.

Charles Clapsaddle, Chair, Goliad County Democratic Party, Goliad

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Rick Dockery

Keep this in mind, take a deep breath tomorrow.

If the wrong person winning an election causes you anger, stress, anxiety, or fear, then one thing is clear: government has far too much power and far too much control over our everyday lives.

Glenn Wilson

Rick, it certainly has, regardless of which party or combination thereof is in power at any given moment. Unfortunately, due to the structure of our government; no term limits for Congress and our inability to vote for anyone in Congress other than our 2 senators and 1 representative, We The Sheeple are powerless to do anything useful about it.

Quincy Thompson

Welcome back Rick, very true words but I still worry about where we are headed for my grand and great grandkids.

Tim Foerster

Anyone with at least one functional brain cell should look at Biden's stance on the 2nd amendment. If you support his vision of it, you're not a Texan!!!

A.M. Yost

Whatever, shoot'em up without consequence, right? It's the American way🙄

Glenn Wilson

That's right, and Americans do it so well all over the world; 19 years and counting in the Middle East for instance. It's really the only thing we do well.

Mike Gomez

If you were born in Texas, you are Texan...Full stop...No litmus test

Charles Clapsaddle

Biden supports implementing universal background checks on purchasers and instituting buy-back programs for assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. I don’t consider this a radical stance, and I’m a gun owner with pistols, shotguns, and rifles. By the way, I’m eighth generation American (with ancestors who fought in the American Revolution) and fifth generation Texan and the grandfather of eight eighth generation Texans. I AM a TEXAN!

Henry Pongratz

I do not understand why the dems are so against AR 15's ! All types of rifles are used in crimes less than 400 times per year.

Charles Clapsaddle

The deadliest mass shootings in recent history have had one thing in common: the perpetrator used an assault rifle.

Quincy Thompson

They want gun registration and this is the first step. In Australia they did this and you can't even own a semi auto shotgun like the Rem 1100 which we use for hunting, skeet shooting and self defense! Thy are using the mass shootings as the reason as they did there. Yet they do nothing about the thousands that are killed in Chicago every year. Crickets!

Quincy Thompson

His program would mean that you couldn't give a grandchild a gun without going through a FFL and filling out all the papers and doing a check. This is one step away from gun registration and all Socialist countries start with this! I can trace my family to the Mayflower so what does that have to do with anything. The 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with dove or deer hunting but defending yourself or your country if the time comes to that. I love single shot rifles but for that purpose, I want large cap mags and guns that use them. We kill 40,000 people a year in auto accidents, do we want to get rid of all vehicles that go over 20 mph?

Tim Foerster

It was somewhat funny we got the genealogy lesson. Sure, maybe someone can say their ancestors fought in the American Revolution. Just wonder what color was the uniform, red or blue... The King of England wanted to confiscate our guns too. Didn't work out good for him.

Charles Clapsaddle

I did notice I misspoke when I said "eight eighth generation Texans." My eight grandchildren are seventh generation Texans.

Willie Ellis

Stay focused on Trump’s failed coronavirus response and Trump’s failure to be truthful to the American people about the danger of the coronavirus.

In Trump’s own words he admitted he lied and downplayed the Covid – 19 virus.

If you vote for Trump you are voting for a man who (by his own words) is deliberately responsible for allowing nearly 250,000 Americans to die because of a “hoax”.

A.M. Yost

Amen

Quincy Thompson

Mr. Ellis, I have bypassed your comment many times because I know that TDS has afflicted you to the point that anything I say would not be believed and therefore waisted time but I have to set the record straight.

1. The "China Virus" came from China and they are directly responsible for all the deaths we have suffered from it NOT Donald J. Trump!

2. Trump shutdown the traffic from China and Europe early and saved probably 2 Million lives over Biden who called him racist for two months before he would have shut it down.

3. Trump mobilized American industry to start producing medical supplies after China shut down their shipment to us and we are supplying the world with ventilators.

4. Trump gave a talk to try and prevent mass hysteria about the virus while we learned about it and worked on getting our supplies, drugs and people together, as any good leader would do. For doing this he has been blasted by the Dems and as you said blamed for all the deaths. This is a LIE perpetrated by the DNC and the Fake News!

5. I have voted for a leader that has done more for this country than any politician in my memory, to include an excellent coronavirus response, my President Donald J. Trump!

Daniel Lopez

The issue that should concern "ALL" of us. #1. Obama did not support Biden in 2016 and even recommended he did not run. #2. For 2020, Obama did not support Biden till there was no one left. #3. Biden has continually stated because of his age he might "NOT" finish his Presidency term. #4. Biden has continually stated, his Vice-President needs to be ready to assume the Presidential duties day one. #5. Besides his possible Dementia, his frequent memorable gaffes do not help him. #6. His own bragging about Bribing Ukraine to Fire the Prosecutor investigating his son’s company. #7. Knowing full well, with Obama and his Administration there was no Russian Collusion. #8. Kamala Harris attacked Biden as a Racist Segregationist during Democrat debates. #9. Kamala Harris was the first candidate to be put out of the race right after...Tulsi Gabbard destroyed Kamala Harris during Democrat Presidential Debate. Harris is more Radicalism than Warren & Sanders. Pleas, be informed of your candidates platform you vote. Remember, the celebrities, the Media, the poor oppressed multi-millionaires athletes, your FACEBOOK/Twitter friends are not the ones running for President. Be prepared to accept the consequences for your vote, no matter who you vote for.

Quincy Thompson

Excellent comment Mr. Lopez, fact driven, my compliments!

A.M. Yost

Nobody cares

A.M. Yost

So, what?

Mike Gomez

Mr. Lopez

Context is everything....In 2016 Hillary already had the donors and the stalwarts of the party supporting her campaign when Biden was thinking of running...In early 2020 Biden and Obama had a meeting prior to his running for office ( The Hill...Apr 25,2019). Biden asked Obama not to early endorse because he wanted to win on his own merits. Except for one month,Biden led all the polling wire-to-wire. What possible dementia? Have you heard Trump speak? Viktor Shokin was ousted because he was not investigating corruption. It was an Obama administration policy to put conditions on the aide in coordination with our European allies and IMF. ...USATODAY Nov 15,2019......The DOJ investigated the Trump (not Obama) and Robert Mueller inserted 10 reason of how “obstruction of justice’ could have been applied.........Kamala Harris explicitly said that Joe Biden was not a racist....Aug 11,2020 Washington Post.

A.M. Yost

Great job. Appreciate the history and sources.

Mary Ann Wenske

Great response, Mr. Daniel Lopez. I hope you make this a letter to the editor.

Quincy Thompson

Mr. Clapsaddle I didn't realize that the DNC delivered their Kool-Aid in tanker trucks but I guess one got to Goliad. Point #1 sounds good but what it really means is free medical care for all illegal immigrants when we are having trouble taking care of our own people. This and the open borders of #6 would overwhelm our system but the Dems don't care they just want votes for power because they would find a way to give them a vote. My main point however is #9 and the last paragraph which is 180 degrees off of what the Dems are actually doing. I remember Maxine Watters shouting at Dems to get in the faces of all Trump supporters and the shouting at Sen Cruz and Sara Huckabee at restaurants by Dems. I remember the BLM protestors cursing and spitting at the police along with the bricks and frozen water bottles which cased injuries. I remember riots, burning and looting and nowhere in all of this was there any civil discourse. In the peaceful protest where the Republican or Trump supporters were however after they had their say they picked any trash and actually left it cleaner than before. Nowhere have I seen any uncivil behavior of any Trump supporter and you are telling us we need to set the example! Sir I say to you that we have been doing that for years and if you are ever able to get over your party's case of TDS and start speaking truthfully then we will be available to work on the last paragraph.

A.M. Yost

[thumbdown]

A.M. Yost

🙄

Mary Ann Wenske

Another wonderful response! Thank, Mr. Quincy Thompson- I hope you too make this a letter to the editor. Haven't been many for an election year.

A.M. Yost

"6. Tightening our borders through humane laws that do not tear children from their parents’ arms to scare immigrants from coming to America."

Yes, yes, this really helps your credibility. Nobody wants open borders in the first place.

Charles Clapsaddle

I wonder how long you have closed your eyes if you haven't seen any uncivil behavior by Trump supporters.

Quincy Thompson

I have watched riots, looting, burning of business and Federal buildings, BLM supporters screaming at and spitting on Police and National Guard and Dem politicians screaming at people to get in the face of Trump supporters but not one act of violence by a Trump supporter. The one shooting was an act of self defense when attacked and is in the courts. The shooting of the Trump supporter was murder. My eyes have been open the entire time that this has been going on because I have worried about the country my grandchildren are going to be left. I watched the protest in MI very closely and they picked up the trash when they left. Do you call that violence? Guess you finished off that tanker of KOOL-Aid the DNC sent you!

Quincy Thompson

Mr. Clapsaddle, I have a question for you straight up and I am serious. With where the Democratic party has gone and there is no doubt that it has made a huge turn to the left and I don't believe it will come back, why are you still in the Democratic Party? Trump not withstanding, why are you still there? Forget Donald for a minute, what do they have in the party platform that keeps you there? WHY?

Quincy Thompson

Charles I have a question for you, with all the irregularities that are showing up in the vote counting in Dem states, do you have your eyes open or is that only for people who voted for Trump? I will give you any election that you win fairly where you have convinced the people that I am wrong in my position and you are right in yours. What we have here is absolute corruption with a multitude of issues with the vote counting to include requiring the Republican watchers to leave with Dem watchers in BLM T-shirts clapping as they leave!!!!!! This is NOT our democracy in action. If Republicans were doing this I would be SCREAMING that it was wrong but crickets from Dems because of the desire for power!!!

Rick Dockery

We are now officially a banana republic

Daniel Martin

What irregularities are you talking about? Do you have evidence to back that statement up? If the ballots are bogus does that eliminate all the split tickets that voted down ballot for Republicans? It will be entertaining to watch these law suits go in front of a Judge without any proof.

I am sure Mr. Trump will have his day in court...or several days in several courts. And these cases can't be thrown out with a self-pardon. January 22 will be like a early Christmas for those that believe in honesty, integrity, decency and our Constitution.

Allen T Coffey

Thank you, Mr. Clapsaddle.

A.M. Yost

[smile]

Glen or Janice Ullman

Good reminder Charles, we have plenty people around here supporting Trump and accepting his lies and division as a plan. There only plan is to repeat whatever Trump blurts out next..Glen

A.M. Yost

[smile]

Billy Bowers

Well is it is very easy to see Mr. Clapsaddle has been drinking the Democrat KoolAid. I wonder what hand out program he is on ?

A.M. Yost

I wonder if you're a Russian tool? Definitely one of those words.

Charles Clapsaddle

Mr. Bowers, I’ll respond to your snarky comment. First, some facts. I’m 70 years old. I have, and continue to do so, paid into Social Security for 54 years since my first job at 16. For the past 23 years I have owned and operated an aquaculture business in which I work EVERY day (fish don’t take days of rest). In my “spare” time I am Chair of the Democratic Party in a very red county. I do take Social Security (and still pay in) as is my right. I am on Medicare, also the right of any American of my age. By the way, Medicare is much superior to any private medical insurance I’ve ever paid for. So, to answer your question of “what hand out program” I’m on, the answer is NONE!

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