Opinion: tough questions for one Republican; counter-opinion: will the true conservatives please stand up?

A guest opinion by Leigh Morris, a former mayor of La Porte and a former La Porte Hospital president and CEO, was published Aug. 24. 

On Sept. 10, Spencer England submitted to WNLP a written response, which is published below Morris’s column. 

From Leigh Morris:

As a lifelong Republican and former county party chairman, I resonated positively to the plans that Donald Trump outlined for his first four years.  I agreed with the concepts he was talking about—limited government, balanced budget, strong military, economic growth, to name a few.  I didn’t care much for his personality and his egotistical attitude, but I thought he’d probably become more presidential once he was in office. So now, almost four years later, I’m again wrestling with the choice I’ll need to make when I vote for President  this November.

Mr. Trump gets high marks from most commenters about the economy, and he probably deserves them even though he came to office as economic recovery efforts of his predecessor were proving very effective.   I’m much more concerned about some of the other pledges he made.  I looked at ten of them:

  1. Impose a hiring freeze on federal employees

No movement on Trump’s promise to reduce federal workforce with federal hiring freeze since April 2017.

  1. Build a wall, and make Mexico pay for it

Donald Trump promised to build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it. That didn’t happen.

  1. Remove all undocumented immigrants

Donald Trump does not keep promise to deport all immigrants illegally in the US nor has he enunciated a cogent immigration policy.

  1. Eliminate gun-free zones at schools and military bases

Trump has made scant progress on eliminating gun-free zones. He said he’s in favor of closing loopholes in gun laws that are already on the books and he worries any new laws could create a “slippery slope” that could lead to a total handgun ban.

  1. Bring back manufacturing

No overall improvement for manufacturing sector under Trump.

  1. Invest $550 billion in infrastructure and create an infrastructure fund

No action evident on creating infrastructure fund.

  1. Balance the federal budget ‘fairly quickly’

Federal deficit isn’t shrinking; it’s growing.

  1. Release his tax returns after an audit is completed

Trump says he might release returns “when I’m out of office.”

  1. Enact term limits

No progress on implementing congressional term limits.

  1. Increase the size of the U.S. Army to 540,000 active duty soldiers

Number of soldiers unchanged at 475,000.

I spent most of my working life as a chief executive officer, and I know how important it is for a CEO to build and support a leadership team that adds competence and continuity.  I thought Mr. Trump put together a strong team when he took office, but over the past 3 ½ years, the turnover rate among his top appointees is 89%, with 40% of the positions turning over multiple times.  That could be a major contributing factor to why so many of Mr. Trump’s promises have gone unfulfilled. In addition to recruiting and retaining a top leadership team, a President also needs to listen and respect them.  Mr. Trump has been short of that mark in his dealing with scientists who have tired to work with him in more effectively managing the pandemic.   Stronger advisors could have helped him understand the racial issues we’re facing and be a more positive force in addressing them.

As concerned as I am about those factors, I am bothered much more about what I perceive to be an erosion of trust.  The Washington Post Fact Checker has compiled a list of over 20,000 lies attributed to Mr. Trump.  How do you maintain trust when people can’t rely on you to tell the truth?  The Pew Research Center study revealed that only  around three-in-ten world leaders express confidence in Trump (29%) – similar to the share who voice confidence in Chinese President Xi Jinping (28%). However, the share of people who express no confidence in Trump is higher (64%) than it is for all of the other world leaders asked about.

All this weighs heavily on my mind as I look at the choices before us in the upcoming election.  Will the Trump-Pence team perform differently in a second term?  Would  a Biden-Harris team be any better?  Or will they be dragged to the far left of the political spectrum and do more harm than good?  Tough questions that cry for an answer.   They’re questions that have enormous implications for our great nation.

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From Spencer England:

Having been a life-long resident of LaPorte, two things have always stood out to me regarding local politics. The first is, overall, we have a great community where each of us care for one another–and even though we may differ politically–we are free to express our concerns and beliefs in a safe environment. Secondly, if anyone is going to come after you for differing, it will be the establishment of your own party. One of the things you learn as a leader is that you support your team–you help them learn and support the efforts they are making. My irritation when reading Mr. Morris’ article posted last month entitled “Tough Questions for This Lifelong Republican” stems from how Mr. Morris was quick to point out President Trump’s shortfalls. Anyone can be critical of someone who is trying to accomplish something, but I believe it is always unprofessional and cowardly for someone to attack a person that is working hard to improve things without telling how they would do it differently. The first thing you should have addressed, Mr. Morris, is what your principles are, what you stand for and how you would do things differently. Let’s not get lost in the woods during this discussion, though. Let’s define a few things and take a closer look at what has changed regarding what each party’s values today from what they valued 40-plus years ago–then we can establish a baseline for this discussion. Being a Republican or Democrat means very little compared to someone being a conservative or a liberal. Leigh Morris sees himself as a Republican, but we don’t know who Leigh Morris is. The term Republican and Democrat have no place in defining a person today. Leigh Morris is not a Republican; he is either a conservative or a liberal. When he calls himself a Republican, what does that even mean? There is a difference between Republicans and conservatives, but little difference between Republicans today and Democrats 40 years ago.

I find it ironic how fast liberals tell someone how they are doing something wrong but refuse to tell the same person their resolutions and answers to the problems. Mr. Morris’ comments in his article are a direct example. I find it interesting as well that Mr. Morris attacks many aspects of Mr. Trump’s presidency, all the while not addressing the opposing Democratic viewpoints or mentioning what the world would look like under a Biden/Harris administration What I would like to do is offer some real resolutions that he and other local politicians like him should be paying attention to.

Conservatives support the rule of law, patriotism, term limits, eliminating lobbyists, a respect for the sanctity of life, lower taxes, encouraging business growth and expansion and freedom of religious liberty. In a very contrasting way, the other side (liberal ideology) endorses calamity, destruction, strife, false narratives, abortion (murder), unfair hiring practices (Affirmative Action), destruction of western culturalism and embraces Marxist/Communist ideas. With this information alone, this decision should not be a hard one to make for a conservative. But to a Republican or RINO (Republican in name only), it quite possibly may be a tough choice. Mr. Morris is not alone in our local midst of Republican-lost leadership. Recently in the New York Times article titled “Why Trump’s Attack on John Roberts Isn’t Working with Some Conservatives,” Mitch Feikes, the local Republican chair, was quoted as stating, “I don’t know if I can”, “I don’t know if he will get reelected”. It is quite a shocking statement coming from the supposed leader of any party regarding their nominee. To me, it is shocking statement that a chairman of a party of a candidate– that in 2016 carried the electoral votes and all but four counties in the state overall–would make. Leigh Morris was also quoted in the same article as saying, “I am concerned where this party is headed.” Maybe Mr. Morris should have paid attention to the 2016 election cycle where the party was headed when voters overwhelmingly chose an outsider that lashed out and destroyed 16 other career “politicians” enroute to the biggest election victory in almost 100 years. Does Mr. Morris and Mr. Fiekes understand that people are tired of politicians that say one thing but do not deliver? Do they understand that no one is defined by parameters of parties? Many Democratic conservatives supported President Trump during the 2016 election cycle, and that number is growing–including local leadership and several throughout the country. Hopefully conservative voters remember these words quoted.

Although riddled with nothing but attacks since beginning his office in January 2017, President Trump has exceeded expectations. Bear in mind the victories were accomplished even while being relentlessly attacked by not only Democrats but also the liberal media and political pundit Republican “RINOs” like Jeff Flake, John McCain, all of whom claim to support the party (unless of course they don’t like you or because you don’t fit the political mold of a politician Republican). Imagine what he could have accomplished if his own party took advantage of the situation given by the voters and supported their nominee and not attacked him. Lobbyists and the “good ole boy” politicians also do not like this president because he excludes their special interests in is decision making. I do give liberals their due respect though. At least they stick together.

The consensus is clear: if you are a conservative Republican and you love and want Americans to be put first, law and order, ending senseless wars , support ending special interests, support prolife, the Second Amendment, religious liberty, there is only one choice. Anyone that cannot make that differentiation between the two choices may not be a member of the right party themselves.

According to his letter, Mr. Morris is no more a Republican than Joe Biden and I challenge Mr. Morris to come back and tell us his personal position on each of these points, his value system, and his political views.

38 Responses to “Opinion: tough questions for one Republican; counter-opinion: will the true conservatives please stand up?”

  1. Sharon

    Aug 24. 2020

    Thank you, Leigh, for your succinct, perceptive and insightful letter. As an Independent, I’ve supported candidates on both sides of the fence. Unlike you, I knew before the 2016 election that this candidate was a disaster and I had zero optimism for a good outcome. I’m severely disappointed that I wasn’t proven wrong. There’s a well-known saying: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.” Our country is in shambles and we can’t afford to give second chances to a candidate who has made who he is crystal clear. Our lives depend on a correct decision.

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  2. Proud Trump Supporter

    Aug 24. 2020

    Leigh,

    1) What’s the point of a federal hiring freeze? Are you saying federal employees aren’t needed?

    2) President Trump has started building a wall and even CNN visited it to see how effective it is.

    3) How is anyone supposed to remove all illegal immigrants, especially President Trump who’s road blocked by the dems at every turn? And yes, I said it for what it is, ILLEGAL not undocumented.

    4) Gun free zones are not imposed by Republicans, they’re imposed by insane Demonrats such as Larry Lightfoot. What control does President Trump have over local policy?

    5) The simple fact that you don’t think manufacturing has strengthened in the US is completed laughable. Why don’t you go over to the Carrier manufacturing plant and tell them that.
    what are these so called 20,000 lies of President Trump’s you’re referring to?

    6) Infrastructure seems like a State issue to me.

    7) The federal deficit is growing??? Say it isn’t so! Is it growing at the rate under Barrack Hussein Obama or is it slowing down?

    8) I don’t give two craps about President Trump’s taxes. Would you also like to discuss Russian Collusion or maybe Hunter Biden’s taxes?

    9) Do you really think Congress or the Senate would allow President Trump to enact term limits on them?

    10) President Trump is pulling troops out of the Middle East, why do we need to increase the size of the military?

    I see your true colors and I don’t know why you fee the need to trash the only Republican President to accomplish anything. Democrat ran cities are literally burning to the ground, businesses are being looted, people are being killed by these animals, idiots want to defund the only protection they have between law and order, corporations are telling us black lives are the only lives that matter and saying otherwise is racist, and you want to bring up the same old talking points from years ago. Nobody cares, Leigh.

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    • Also a proud Republican.

      Aug 24. 2020

      I agree with “Proud”. It would be a disaster to this country if a Democrat was elected. Socialism.

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      • Jack

        Aug 24. 2020

        I also agree with Proud. I would like to add one thing. Leigh, you seem to be saying that you are willing to see the country turned over to the Democrat party and the Socialist agenda they support. Shame on you for essentially throwing our country to the wolves because you don’t like one man. Do you want to see the insane things that are happening in most Democrat run cities continue? Do you want to see the police defunded? I could go on and on with this, but what is the point? You must have your mind made up like so many Democrats.

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      • Mary

        Aug 24. 2020

        We’re in a disaster now.

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      • Wes England

        Aug 27. 2020

        Leigh,

        Although I disagree with most of your assessments on the success of President Trump, I don’t believe it beneficial to go back and discuss each point. I would however point out a few things you failed to address during your mostly negative views of the success this President as made.

        1.) You will not find any of the goals you so negatively judged in any of the Democrat platform. You can, based on your personal views, chose to focus on the glass being half empty, but you failed to mention anything about the opposition.
        2.) You failed to mention the riots and killing going on in the streets of our country, all controlled by Democrats?
        3.) You did not mention your views at ALL. Are you a globalst? Where were your comments prior to 2016 while jobs were being shipped of to China, Mexico and others?
        4.) what is your position on Abortion and Rule of law.

        I assume that having been a community leader you understand the importance of supporting those who are seeking to do good? I saw none of this in your comments?

        When you make your choice of who you will support in 2020, I pray you will do a much better job of assessing both sides rather than continually looking at the glass half empty. Your words are spoken as a true Romney loyalist and Never Trumper. The fact that you can list all of President Trumps Goals so precisely, yet fail to even address the opposition, is pretty clear that your interests lay elsewhere.

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    • Mickey Rogers

      Aug 24. 2020

      “…corporations are telling us black lives are the only lives that matter and saying otherwise is racist…”

      Literally no one is saying this.

      It’s telling that Mr. Morris does nothing more than ask questions about Trump’s promises and whether he’s kept them, and the Trump supporters come out howling in protest about how unfair the assessment is.

      Trump supporters will not listen to reason nor accept moderation. They’ve invested too much in this failed presidency to acknowledge any weakness in it. They see any criticism as disloyalty, even when the critic goes out of his way to avoid saying whether he’d support Trump again.

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      • Sharon

        Aug 26. 2020

        I concur with you, Mickey Rogers. All these fist wavers appear to be missing a few points:
        a) “Black Lives Matter” refers to the belief by many that if a white person is killed, all hell breaks loose. If a black person dies, it’s not taken seriously. i.e. A black life lost doesn’t matter, only a white life matters.
        b) I understood Leigh Morris to be questioning and expressing disappointment over why promises haven’t been kept–NOT saying he wants to be a Democrat. He’s a lifelong Republican whom I would bet has done more for the R party than “Independent” has ever done–and in a civilized manner. Trump is WAY over his head in actually running a country but is using his position to line his, his family’s, and friends’ pockets. (By the way, as he’s lining all those pockets in Trump Land he’s emptying ours. The only thing he’s managed to drain is our pockets!) Lastly, “The Independent’s” post on this thread demonstrates why Trump is wrong for this country. Instead of encouraging citizens to be rational, level headed, and civilized in order to seek a solution to the mess our country is in, he bullies, threatens, and tries to intimidate. I encourage “Independent” NOT to wear a mask, nor should his family. Go to bars and parties, take in some concerts and group activities. Enjoy yourself to the hilt. But be sure to always carry a “Refusal of Treatment” card so that in the event you contract the Trump virus you don’t take up the time and medical supplies that could save another person who DID believe we’re in the throes of a pandemic.

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      • Miles Fettinger

        Aug 27. 2020

        This hit the nail on the head. Members of my own family are so propagandized they can’t view anything objectively. All the information they ingest are from only three sources and that’s the world they live in. When right leaning publications like The Wall Street Journal are labeled as Crazy Liberals! where can you go from there?

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    • Leigh Morris

      Aug 24. 2020

      I’m not saying I agreed with the ten points. Those were his commitments that he made but didn’t keep–and he never explained why. I think it’s realistic to expect a leader to keep the commitments or promises he or she makes or explain why he or she decided not to do so. .

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  3. lawman

    Aug 24. 2020

    Sharon-thanks you for your opinion. mine and alot of others are different

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  4. Jerry Gray

    Aug 24. 2020

    Cherry picking and distortion of facts around COVID lockdowns. Should the government reduce the federal spending during an economic crisis? Can we reasonably expect employment to increase during the COVID lockdowns? Number 3 above is an outright distortion.

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  5. Ex_GOP

    Aug 24. 2020

    I admire your courage Leigh. Hope you weren’t expecting to cure blindness. There are too many places in the media for the Trump followers to get affirmation for their beliefs.

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  6. gobnaitx

    Aug 24. 2020

    Mr. Morris,

    Interesting questions, and a tough analysis of Trump’s first term. What disappoints me is that you still seem open to the idea that the second term would bring any improvement to Trump’s failings, or that a Democratic administration might actually be worse.

    Another glaringly absent subject from your analysis is Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic. As a former hospital president, ignoring the past eight months of Trump’s failure to manage this health care crisis (over 170,000 dead so far) and the resulting economic crash it has caused (10 million unemployed!) seems irresponsible to me.

    Additionally, considering your past leadership at LP Hospital, omitting the failure of this administration to come up with any semblance of a health care plan, while continuing to battle the ACA in court, is a deficiency that cannot go without mention. Trump has teased a replacement plan for 3 1/2 years that never materializes.

    All considered, this “tough questions” op-ed feels more like a cop-out to me. As a respected business leader in La Porte, guys like you are expected to make decisions, not waffle with a series of ponderances.

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  7. Leigh Morris

    Aug 24. 2020

    Please take a another look at my concluding statement:: “Would a Biden-Harris team be any better? Or will they be dragged to the far left of the political spectrum and do more harm than good? Tough questions that cry for an answer. They’re questions that have enormous implications for our great nation.”

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  8. The Independent

    Aug 24. 2020

    Carlos Zapatai ’m telling you guys I’m pretty appalled about what’s going on. At first we sat like concerned citizens, and we all wanted to figure out how to best navigate through this little COVID thing, you know. And uh, as we realized that it’s not quite as dangerous as we thought it would be, you know, I was absolutely appalled by the cowardice.

    As you’re sitting there with your masks on, I don’t blame you for wearing masks, because I’d be hiding my face too if I were you for what you’re doing. It’s absolutely horrendous what you’re doing to these people. I’m a business owner, and I’m telling you, our families are starving. You guys can sit here with your jobs, you can sit here, you’re going to get paid, you can fall asleep in your chair like that gentleman’s doing behind his mask right there, okay? And I’m telling you right now that right now we’re being peaceful, and you’d better be happy that we’re good citizens, that we’re peaceful citizens.

    But it’s not going to be peaceful much longer. This isn’t a threat, I’m not a criminal, I’ve never been a criminal, but I’m telling you that good citizens are going to turn into real concerned and revolutionary citizens real soon.

    And nobody else is going to say that, I’m probably the only person that has the balls to say what I’m saying right now.

    And we’re building, we’re organizing, and we’ll work with law enforcement or without law enforcement. But you won’t stop us when the time comes because our families are starving. And if you don’t hear the seriousness in my voice, I hope you open your ears and you absolutely listen to what I’m saying, because this is a warning for what’s coming. It’s not going to be peaceful much longer. It’s not going to be ra-ra, it’s not going to be speeches, it’s not going to be standing outside saying the Pledge of Allegiance, it’s not going to be waving flags, it’s going to be real.

    When you’ve seen the things that I’ve seen, I went to war for this country. I’ve seen the ugliest, dirtiest part of humanity. I’ve been in combat, and I never wanted to go back again, but I’m telling you what, I will to save this country. If it has to be against our own citizens, it will happen, and there’s a million people like me, and you won’t stop us.

    Open the county, let our citizens do what they need to do, let owners of businesses do what they need to do to feed their families.

    Take the masks off, quit masking and muzzling your children. The psychological damage you’re doing to them is horrible. I’ve had six friends kill themselves since it’s happened, veterans who lost their jobs. How do you feel about being complicit in perpetuating that? The greatest hoax ever perpetuated against the American people? And you’re part of it by wearing masks. In Shasta County.

    We’re supposed to be red country up here. Not blue country, we’re red country up here. You guys know that. You claim to be conservatives, maybe you’re not, maybe you’re liberals, I don’t know. But by God, we’re Americans, and remember that

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  9. G.gottio

    Aug 25. 2020

    Trump has really turned a lot of things around and he will get 4 more years….
    Think people if Biden would get in and something would happen to him

    Would you really want Harris taking over as President???

    I didn’t think so

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    • Slicerland

      Aug 25. 2020

      “Would you really want Harris taking over as President???”

      YES! She’d do MUCH better than Trump or Pence. We already know they’ve been unmitigated disasters.

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  10. Dan

    Aug 25. 2020

    Funny there’s no mention of Trump’s suspected crimes, ties to white nationalists, Fascist behavior, racism, and sexism here. It’s pretty difficult to overlook, methinks. Makes me wonder what ugly beliefs lie beneath the surface of our own town!

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  11. delbert

    Aug 25. 2020

    I cannot believe that a man who became a doctor, was in charge of running the hospital and was the mayor of this city doesn’t know how many of the items that he listed are under the control of congress. He is also relying on the “fact checkers” at the Post to tell us if something the president has said is true or not. Why not rely on Schumer and Pelosi to tell you if the president is lying or not?
    Give me a handful of reasons to vote for Biden without mentioning Donald Trump by name. How many doctors are good at what they do and have a horrible bed side manner? Are they less effective at being a doctor? Don’t vote for the personality, vote for the ability to get the job done. I’m not planning on inviting the president to any parties, he’s not my kind of people but he has done more for us in spite of the opposition in 3 1/2 years than the previous two administrations have done in 8 years each.

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    • GRKJ

      Aug 25. 2020

      Leaders ask tough questions and find the honesty in the answers that arise. Thank you for your life-long leadership, LEIGH. And for your open-mindedness!

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    • DW

      Aug 25. 2020

      Leigh, I agree with your openminded thinking. The flag my family members fought for no longer represents freedom. Now it’s oppression, fear, lies and white nationalist ideals. We are now alienated from our allies. And for somereason it’s ok to side with foreign adversaries…they have magically changed and are now decent respectful beings. Hmmm makes you think long and hard about the lesser of two evils to vote for.

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  12. NamVet

    Aug 25. 2020

    I agree that Trump is a bully and isn’t very “Presidential” but give him credit for getting things done. I am a veteran and a flag waving American and nowadays that is frowned upon. When I came home from Vietnam 50 years ago I had to wear civilian clothes home because of all the civil unrest and opposition to the war and now these same people who opposed Vietnam are running our country aka “The Swamp” these are the same poeple who want to get back the Presidency and Senate I truely belive these people want to destroy our great country and want us to become a third world nation. They tell us that America never was great, they tell us we are a racist nation and when they accuse Republicans of something evil it is they who are doing the evil. I will now get off of my soapbox but before I do I will acknowledge the fact that President Trump isn’t very tactful in his messaging but he truely is “the lesser of two evils.”

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  13. Jeff Miller

    Aug 25. 2020

    Sounds just like the Republicans in LaPorte, who for the last 20 years, have put out so much propaganda about NewPorte Landing, with all the veiled deals, promises of future prosperity, and outright lies, as to the toxicity on this dump. Maybe look local, before casting aspersions on others?

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  14. Sherry

    Aug 25. 2020

    Plain and simple…I agree with Dan.

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    • Ex_GOP

      Aug 25. 2020

      Leigh,
      I’d like to add to your #5. Not only is there little change in Manufacturing jobs, the American manufacturers have to pay tarriffs. No one believed that this was an effective way to deal with China’s behavior. Manufacturers can’t wait until Trump or someone else eliminates them.

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  15. lawman

    Aug 25. 2020

    namvet-couldn’t agree with you more! i could have penned your article. after 50 years home also i find my national anthem is no good, my flag represents oppression and i myself have become labeled a ”white nationalist”. i feel that this will get much worse with the democrats/leftists. And mr morris i did not see much improvement in laporte under your watch-esp. your point 5

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  16. NamVet

    Aug 25. 2020

    Yes Lawman….our flag, our country and our way of life is at stake in this upcoming election. Thank you for your service amd welcome home Brother!

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  17. Tom

    Aug 25. 2020

    I consider myself an independent, I’ve voted for candidates on either side of the isle. I voted for Obama’s 1st term because I fell for his slick marketing and smooth talking BS, all turned out to be lies (wonder why the media didn’t post a list of his lies which I’m sure added up to as much if not more).

    Anyhow, As far as this president goes, I didn’t vote for him, I voted AGAINST Hillary. Now, of all of the people the Democrats could have nominated we get….. Biden?!? So again I don’t see any choice but to vote against Biden.

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  18. Don Heichel

    Aug 25. 2020

    Leigh, I posted an insightful “Successes” of the Dept. of Health and Human Services, which are substantial. I was told it wouldnt be counted because it was from the cabinet website. I understand, and you can find it at HHS.gov. I respect your opinion, but I respectfully disagree with a number of these, and while I understand the limited data, the 450,000 number for the Army simply isn’t completely true. The NDAA will provide you will a number closer to ONE MILLION, when we consider all the Reserve and National Guard Army which are more than half million at this point as far as authorizations. Those two extra forces ARE an operational force, and should be included in that number.

    As far as 20,000 lies….I wonder when they will print the lies (or lack of candor, which is what MOST of what the WP refers to) from the previous administrations? They likely will not.

    Trump is a wrecking ball, thats for sure. I wish he would wreck the establishment and get the power back in the hands of the people, where it belongs. Just my “opinion”. Thanks, hope you are well my friend, Don-

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    • Staff

      Aug 25. 2020

      As we discussed, an opinion article is something that reflects an original piece from the writer. Simply copying the text from a source (such as the HHS website), even when you agree with the contents, doesn’t constitute an opinion piece.

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  19. Slicerland

    Aug 25. 2020

    Unemployment
    Dec 16: 4.7%
    July 20: 10.2%

    Total Americans unemployed
    Dec 16: 7,495,000
    July 20: 16,338,000

    Increase in deficit:
    Obama (8 years): $9.4 trillion
    Trump (4 years): $7.2 trillion

    Dow Jones:
    Obama (8 years): $9,817.06-$21,205.27
    Trump (4 years): $21,194.98-$28,308.46

    Dow Jones % increase
    Obama (8 years): +116%
    Trump (4 years): +34%

    I’ll take the Democrats over the Republicans. Much like Obama had to bail America out from the George Bush disaster, Joe Biden can do it after Trump.

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  20. sharon dettmer

    Aug 25. 2020

    Mr. Morris, thanks for the detailed assessment of the Trump presidency and its previous campaign goals and lack of accomplishment during his presidential reign. I admire your honesty and integrity in expressing your opinion and I agree entirely with the views that you have presented here. His administration has been a train wreck for the nation and the White House staff has moved thru the revolving doors on a continuum. That is no way to run a country. This isn’t The Apprentice — this is national security that we are playing Russian roulette with…literally.

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  21. THE BEST IS YET TO COME!! Lol

    Aug 25. 2020

    Lawman I agree with you our flag is in this election. Seems to me it’s being replaced by the Trump flag. Namvet thanks for your service .Waching your Vietnam draft dodging president I’m sure makes you proud of this country…and socialism really. I’m sure you love getting that social security check every month. Make america great AGAIN? Odd slogan for an incumbent. I’m not sure the direction of the conservative party but its definitely not family values .

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    • Joe

      Aug 26. 2020

      It’s pretty clear the only flag Trump cares about saving is the Confederate battle flag. Protecting the bronze statues of dead traitors also appears to take priority over living citizens.

      Stuck at home isolated for almost six months now with no end in sight. I want my life back. One guy has a plan to deal with the health crisis and return to “normal”, or at least as normal we can without an effective vaccine. The other guy’s plan is to distract, divert, and barely acknowledge there is a problem. Playing Russian roulette with our lives. So pretty easy decision – I’ll gladly risk getting bit by the socialist bogeyman over taking a dose of the miracle Lysol virus treatment.

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  22. lawman

    Aug 25. 2020

    THE BEST…… and why wouldn’t i enjoy my soc. security check after 50 yrs working???? no comment on rest as i’m not sure what you are saying.

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  23. Joe

    Sep 12. 2020

    Hey hey! If we have a few more weeks like the last two Biden won’t have to bother leaving his basement. What a joke and disgrace otherwise known as the Trump administration has been. Where to even start? How about the virus? Still stuck at home, with no end in sight. Tapes released of the President admitting how deadly and dangerous the virus was in private while publicly downplaying the threat and refusing to do anything to ensure the safety of Americans. Back in the spring admitted how this affects the young as much as the old. Later in July demanding schools reopen regardless the danger. The deadly and unforgivable lies never stop. We cannot tolerate another four months of this man’s stupidity let alone another four years.

    Those of you still on the fence I hope you put rational thought over partisan leanings. For those who support Trump no matter the atrocities he commits, please stay home on election day. You are a danger to yourself and others.

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  24. Jeff Miller

    Sep 21. 2020

    How rich is it, that Mr. Morris chooses to attack President Trump, in light of his own political record really. Should someone highlight all his record too, from day one in LaPorte, seeing himself as some kind of self-appointed authority on things political? If you put yourself out there in such a way, time and again, you might want to make sure your own house is in order, and your own record can stand up to the same level of criticism.

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