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Want to stop hateful rhetoric? Start with yourself

August 16, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Here we go again with the contributor to the opinion column, I won't mention his name, talking about the other party promoting hateful rhetoric. His theory is that Democrats are the party that promotes the common good. And, he goes on to provide his perceived non-hateful rhetoric in saying that, "Trump (Republicans) has made his campaign pledge to refight the Civil War (slavery, racism)" that will please Trump's base of hate mongers.

WOW! Does the author not see his rhetoric falls under the proverbial idiom of, "the pot calling the kettle black?"

America will only benefit when our government promotes the common good of a Hand-Up and not a Hand-Out to help our nation's citizens in need. Congressional representation in these violent impoverished neighborhoods, and all neighborhoods, need to address their willingness to first promote and support the family structure and moral compass of their districts without making excuses for these conditions that the government is suppressing this opportunity to obtain better living.

Only then can we try and stop this hate-permeating-hate rhetoric. Unfortunately there are so many U.S. citizens that ask their country to do for them, yet they have never contributed to our nation building in doing for our country. Some people are so caught up in their biases that they fail to accept truth by attacking all those that don't agree with them.

As I have said before, "of all the things that I have combated in the past, the hardest by far is that of combating ignorance."

A short history lesson for the author I am responding to: The 13th Amendment, Abolishing Slavery, passed in 1865 with 100% Republican support, but only 23% Democratic support. And, it was the Democrats in the 1960s who were the staunchest opponents of the Civil Rights Movement.

Maybe it is time to clean up our own backyards before we demand cleaning up someone else's.

Jack Wagner

Cape Coral



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