"Low Mentality People" sounds like the name of a nihilistic, teenage rock band.
I often find those who complain about the poor intelligence of those with whom they disagree, are projecting.
As Henry David Thoreau once wrote, people who get labeled as half-wits often have half again as much wit as their fellows, but the average person can only perceive one-third of it.
A make-believe "participation trophy" is certainly more than anyone ever got from Trump University, but is it as prestigious as the "Order of Friendship" that Trump's pimp gave to our new Secretary of State for the invaluable services he rendered to the tyrannical Russian dictatorship?
Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up!
I have no problem believing it was a joke. The social and political climate in the 1980s was nothing like it is today. Back then, it was cool to be left wing--further left than the liberals in the Democratic Party. The further to the left, the cooler.
One of the sadder aspects of the times was a propensity to call anyone with even moderately conservative views, a fascist. It should not be surprising that victims of this name calling would adopt the label as a backhanded compliment.
Furthermore, no real fascist organization ever operates under its true identity. They adopt mild names like "Alt Right," because they know no decent person will give a second look if they use words like fascist, nazi, or racist in their names.
I find it ironic that the institution designed originally to prevent a demagogue from ever becoming president, instead facilitated it.
I seriously doubt that the county contracted for inadequate amounts of inedible food. What I find most interesting is that the bloggers who routinely find evidence of corruption in every government transaction, are not demanding a full accounting of how our tax money is being spent or accusing any county official of receiving kickbacks from the deal. Instead, they are happy to be ripped off, just as long as the prison inmates suffer from the cruel, if not so unusual, punishment.
In another thread in this same issue of the Indy, and on this same blog, is a report of a study conducted in prisons with real inmates that indicates a link between poor diet and violence. Unless you were being sarcastic, you indicated in the comments section that you agreed with that finding, Mr. Tannim, before you wrote your comment for this piece. Somehow, you failed to put the two reports together.
The cost of hiring extra guards to handle violent prisoners far outweighs the cost of a nutritious diet. And, if you are interested in reforming prisoners, providing a good diet is a good start.
This argument over "democracy" versus "republic" has turned the discussion into an exercise in semantics. I am sure that everyone participating knows the organization and mechanisms of our government in excruciating detail. Yet, everyone is expending lots of words trying to establish what is the best or most correct label for the overall process. I feel pretty sure no two university professors of political science can actually agree on a satisfactory label, much less we laymen. In the meantime, very few substantive points about the process have been raised.
Just for fun, I looked up the definitions of "democracy" and "republic" in the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary. This is what I found:
One is "a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law."
The other is "a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections."
Can you tell, without any doubts or guesswork, which definition belongs to which word without looking them up?
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