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  1. Stephen Richter Member

    can a criminal case be made against a mayor or governor who does not enforce the law and protect property or personal safety? Think of it another way, a democratic majority cannot win election as mayor of a city and then withdraw police protection from the neighborhoods that voted for the losing party. Or cutoff water and electricity.

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    • June 22, 2020, at 4:16 PM PDT
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  2. Stephen Richter Member

    Trump has lost his voice with his voters. He is not willing to be critical of blacks. Critical of their violence and destruction. Critical of blacks complaining about racism when the obvious remedy is to study in school, be productive at work, work to improve your community. Trump has the idea in his head that he can appeal to black voters and peal them away from the democrat party.

    The strength of Trump’s voters is that they recognize the elephant in the room. In 2016 the elephant was immigration, open borders, China and the fake news media. In 2020 the elephant, the big lie, is that the police mistreat blacks and that racism holds them back. Trump is not speaking to that lie. You cannot expect the voters to get excited when you do not speak to their concerns.


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    • June 22, 2020, at 4:29 PM PDT
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  3. Steven Iverson Member

    I have to push back on John’s belief that Jefferson’s slave bore his child.

    The charge was first leveled in 1802 by a muckraking journalist, James Callender who publicly accused Jefferson of fathering the first-born son of Sally Hemings. DNA tests done in 1998 showed that Hemings’ firstborn son, whose alleged paternity was the basis for Callender’s accusation—was not related to any Jefferson male.

    The DNA tests did establish that Hemings’ last-born son, Eston, was the son of some Jefferson male, but could not possibly say whether that was Thomas Jefferson or any of the other 25 adult male Jeffersons living in Virginia at the time, eight of them at or near Monticello. Known facts about Jefferson make it highly improbable he was the father. Eston was born in 1808, when Thomas Jefferson was 64 years old and in his second term as president. His brother Randolph was 52, and Randolph’s five sons were 17 to 24 years old. All of them were frequent visitors at Monticello. Randolph would often retire to the slave quarters to dance and fiddle. There is not a single account of Thomas Jefferson frequenting slave quarters. Nor did Jefferson take any interest in Hemings’ children. Randolph did.

    see Ann Coulter’s article debunking the charge.

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    • June 23, 2020, at 10:10 AM PDT
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  4. Charlotte Member
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    I like it when John introduces his co-hosts with an overview of their contributions to the current issue of the magazine.

    I do not like the phrase “70-odd-year-old monthly”. I mean, how hard is it to do the arithmetic?

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    • June 28, 2020, at 11:12 AM PDT
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