Hello Logan County! I am a happy guy to be here and hope to be with you a while longer. My visit to the hospital this week was a good one. My left lung surgery went well and I am breathing normally again. The fluids around my right lung have also greatly diminished. I am still weak and sleeping a lot but other than that I am feeling so much better.
So far I have watched every Democratic and Republican Presidential debate on TV; although, I must admit I dozed a bit during the last two or three. I even turned one debate off due to the same old same old!
A bit of irony is the heavy duty pressure put on Trump some months back when all the Republicans had to sign a loyalty oath that they pledged they would support whoever the Republican nominee would be. Now that the winner may turn out to be Trump it looks like several of the original 15 candidates do not plan to honor their pledge.
It is amazing to me how history keeps repeating its’ self and that we don’t seem to learn. Have you heard any of these lately? “I will rebuild our armies, order up the newest weapons, and annihilate the enemy. I will also reduce taxes.” At least 22 candidates for President have made similar statements since 1776. Answer: President George Washington, the first U.S. President, said “You cannot fight a war, build weapons and field an army without raising taxes.”
“If that man is nominated for President it will be the ruin of this country. He is not well educated and had no training in Europe; he has no programs and is only supported by the common man.” Regarding General Andrew Jackson, founder of the Democratic Party.
“He will bankrupt the country, who ever heard of free public schools, free textbooks, taking the children out of the factories, putting people back to work and raising wages.” Regarding Franklyn D. Roosevelt in his efforts to get the country out of the great depression.
“He will destroy the Republican Party in this country. I do not believe he is even a Republican. Our party is lost if that man is elected.” Regarding Abraham Lincoln when he sought the nomination of the Republican Party.”
History is repeated over and over and we never seem to learn that. People and places change but little else. Many of the same mistakes are made repeatedly. America and our unique democracy survive in- spite of the mistakes we make. Long live our republic and what makes it great!
Be sure and go to the polls this Saturday and vote. It is your chance to have a voice in choosing your party’s candidate for President. Your vote does make a difference. If you do not vote then don’t complain. Millions of people in other parts of the world wish they could vote in democratic elections. You have the opportunity and responsibility to vote so please do so.
Until next time, good night Mrs. Alberta, Mrs. Williford, Mrs. Lloyd, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. McKinney and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.
To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email [email protected]