Republican talking points are off base

The letter to the editor from Patrick McElvaney published July 6 was nothing more than a partisan political attack on Gov. Andy Beshear and other Democratic governors. It is full of Republican talking points and really misses the mark on the current crisis.

Let’s look at the first talking point. He calls it the Wuhan virus, a term used by President Donald Trump and his followers to deflect blame to China for Trump’s failed response to the virus. It is the novel coronavirus.

He tries to blame the “poor leadership of the Demo­cratic governors” for the pandemic’s damage to the economy and jobs. He should, in fact, turn that anger toward Trump’s failure to act earlier to control the spread of the virus. He is correct that Trump didn’t order a one size, fits all approach. He didn’t order anything. He left it to the governors to fend for themselves.

He implies the coronavirus is no worse than the flu. When was the last time the flu killed more than 130,000 people? He also blames Gov. Beshear for the state of the economy and unemployment based on a power grab and not due to taking steps to stop the spread of the virus.

On the very day the letter was published, the national headlines were reporting that 32 states were seeing record numbers of infections, 14 states were seeing minor growth and four states were seeing declining numbers. Kentucky was one of the four states that was dropping. So through Gov. Beshear’s resolve and standing up to political pressure our numbers dropped. I don’t see that as failed leadership.

Four of the top five states with record growth are run by Republicans which reopened too early without proper restrictions – Florida, Arizona, Texas and Georgia. Now those states are struggling to go back to try and stop the spread, instead of doing it right the first time. Now that is failed leadership.

The writer also asks if we would be having these issues if Bevin would have been re-elected. The answer is no, we would be worse off.

Charles Adkins

Vine Grove

Statues once were symbols of healing

I was stunned when I read the “Cancel Culture” letter in the July 7 edition of The News-Enterprise concerning the Civil War and associated statues. The writer states that, while reading her father’s history notebook, she was surprised that “Northerners ... were judged harshly” due to some conspiracy theory concerning the rewriting of American history.

According to noted historian James McPherson and others, more than 50,000 Southern civilians were killed during the Civil War because of Abraham Lincoln’s directed “hard war.” Generals Sherman, Sheridan and Grant were told to wage total warfare to keep civilians from aiding Confederate forces. Subsequently, from Nash­ville through Sherman’s March to the Sea, men, women and children were killed indiscriminately. Their houses, barns and crops were burned and livestock stolen. They turned the South into a Third World country.

The fact of the matter is, the writer’s father’s history notebook was indeed correct and she needs to reread it.

The original intent of the Confederate statues were to promote healing between the North and South, specifically to address the barbarity shown by Union forces toward the Southern population. In fact, today’s Memorial Day holiday was initiated by Southern civilians decorating the graves of their war dead.

The comments the Confederate statues were placed to “maintain white supremacy ... to rewrite history” to promote Jim Crow laws is a myth. There was no one “rewriting” history. It was what it was: history. It was not until the late 1960s that elitist professors from the east coast Ivy League schools decided there was a “vast right-wing conspiracy” to rewrite history. To fit their far-left narrative, the professors claimed these statues were placed to support Jim Crow laws, citing no evidence.

The writer contradicts herself when she states the Jefferson Davis statue was placed in Frankfort in 1936 to support Jim Crow laws when Jim Crow laws had, in fact, been in place for more than 30 years in Kentucky.

I agree that systemic racism should be addressed and we should start with the only federal-mandated, taxpayer-supported racist policies of Affirmative Action.

Lanny Vincent

Chairman, LaRue County Republican Party

Buffalo

(11) comments

CHARLESA

Duvall, do you really want to continue you’re denials and embarrassing yourself? Let’s see, for one Trump was impeached for trying to blackmail the Ukrainian government into opening an investigation into Joe Biden to try to dig up dirt on him. That is a fact that and he was impeached for that. You can deny it or try to taint it all you want but he was impeached and will be shown that way forever in history.

As far as the patriots go, LTC Vindman, Gordon Sondland, Marie Yovanovitch, Michael McKinley, Kurt Volker and Vindman's NSC supervisor Tim Morrison. These are only a few of the impeachment witnesses, there was a total of 17. Then there is also the 4 Inspector’s Generals that he has fired over reporting findings against his regime. The US Attorney for the southern district of New York who was prosecuting cases against some of his cronies that may have led to him. All have been fired for coming forward with evidence against trump and all have been fired, and or demoted in retaliation from the president.

Republican voter suppression- look at Wisconsin as we have before and the way the republicans caused havoc in the primary a couple of months ago. Republicans send “polling place monitors” as a way to intimidate voters (noted in the guardian article) Purging of voter rolls close to elections without telling those purged. Continued nonsensical arguments against absentee voting during the pandemic. Relentless claims of voter fraud without proof. Well I did find some recent voter fraud cases, both are republicans. The link from the Whitehouse.gov site references the Heritage foundation site I told you about before. It still only shows 1,071 proven cases of voter fraud. Well probably 1,073 now. Apparently that site is good enough for the Whitehouse to use. The link from the guardian has a trump aid talking about voter suppression. And the other two just continue to document the voter suppression tactics used by republicans.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/22/us/republican-voter-fraud.html

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/14/kansas-gop-rep-watkins-indicted-for-voter-fraud-362072

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/docs/pacei-voterfraudcases.pdf

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/21/trump-adviser-republicans-voter-suppression

https://www.kaporcenter.org/florida-gop-leaders-admit-voter-suppression-was-motive-behind-voter-laws/

https://time.com/5817380/voter-suppression-coronavirus/

See, here are the facts to support my statements and dissolve your denials. CASE CLOSED

Linda

"Then there is using any means necessary to stay in power such as voter suppression, using foreign governments to assist him in an election and blackmailing foreign governments to dig up dirt on political opponents(for which he was impeached for) All traits of communist dictators."

More lying. What voter suppression? Requiring people to provide an ID that is provided free? The same ID as required to get a credit card? And just exactly who is the true patriots that you're talking about? Name one? Blackmailing foreign governments? You mean like Joe Biden admitted to on national TV? You keep contradicting yourself Adkins. You would think that you could see that after a period of time.

CHARLESA

Well Duvall it never ceases to amaze me just how uninformed you really are. You can look at virtually any news source to see where trump has downplayed the Coronavirus. I have included a link to a youtube video of the times trump has downplayed the virus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgZAazfHo7k

The video is only one of several that show the same thing. As far as other news sources you can reference any of the following sites; NPR.org, Thehill.com, Theatlantic.com, VOAnews.com, CNN.com, Time.com, cnbc.com, thebostonglobe.com, usatoday.com, politico.com, rollingstone.com and even on Fox with the most recent interview done by Chris Wallace on the 19th of July. This is just a partial list.

You still believe the virus has been overhyped with over 140,000 Americans dead and 3.7 million Americans infected. The number of infected and the death toll continue to rise daily, yet you still follow trump in downplaying and denying it. The corona virus death toll is twice the number of people lost in the Vietnam War, was that overhyped as well?

You’re little video was interesting and quite telling about you. Especially the part where it talked about Germany and how people blindly followed the government. Kind of reminds me of today’s republican party. Blindly following trump against science when it comes to combating the virus. Fighting against masks, social distancing etc even though science has proven it works to stop the spread. It further reminds that today’s republican party under trump is much like what your video was saying about the Germans. We can start by his assumption that the president has unrestricted power and is above the law. A thought supported by his followers like Bill Barr and the senate/house republicans. We can also look at how trump and the republicans want to control the media and turn it into state controlled media and not a free press. Another communist trait. Trump uses his power to reward allies and punish his foes. Example the commutation of roger stone’s sentence and the DOJ dropping the conviction of Michael Flynn. At the same time firing, demoting and attacking true patriots for telling the truth about him and his regime. Then there is using any means necessary to stay in power such as voter suppression, using foreign governments to assist him in an election and blackmailing foreign governments to dig up dirt on political opponents(for which he was impeached for) All traits of communist dictators. Today’s republican party also seems to want a white America, instead of an America that is multi cultural. One only needs to look at trump’s own tweets and those of his followers. Many chanting white power, and flying rebel flags. Kind of reminds you of the Germans that video was talking about doesn’t it.

Linda

https://www.facebook.com/theunitedspot/videos/745636529572000

Linda

Would you post a website with more credibility than than conspiracy theorist, fake news Washington Post? By the way, the virus should have been downplayed. Its nothing more than media induced mass hysteria.

CHARLESA

Ok Duvall, below is the trump timeline of over 50 times he downplayed the corona virus outbreak, all the way up into June of this year. Yes De-blasio was downplaying it at the same time trump was but then stopped when he realized how bad it was and how wrong trump was. The last time he did in march was about the time New York got locked down to control it. Trump however, never got it and is still downplaying it like other republican governors. Kemp in Georgia, Desantis in Florida, Doucey in Arizona etc. They are still downplaying the severity of the Corona virus.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/03/12/trump-coronavirus-timeline/?arc404=true

Linda

"President Donald Trump and his followers to deflect blame to China for Trump’s failed response to the virus."

https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/03/30/de-blasio-nyc-officials-downplayed-covid-19-threat-after-trump-restricted-travel-to-china-here-are-5-examples/

Another lie. Here is the real failed response to the virus. This plus Cuomo's putting Wuhan flu patients in nursing homes.

CHARLESA

Well Duvall, you once called me "arrogant" by posting twice within a few minutes of each other on the same topic. I guess that shoe is on the other foot now that you are showing you're arrogance. That being said, if you read the letter it said that on July 6th we were one of 4 states showing declining numbers. That has sadly changed due to lax attitudes and people not following guidelines. Since the 6th our numbers have gone up and the Governor has issued the statewide mask order.(which i'm pretty sure you aren't following) Our attorney general has decide to play politics and join with other republicans in lawsuits against the governor's common sense measures to slow the spread. Hence my warning in my post yesterday that we need to be careful or we will start having closures again. So again you loose, my statement when written was correct and factual.

CHARLESA

Ok Duvall, time for you to as you say “pull up your big boy pants” and face the reality of your lies and deception. You truly do embrace the republican traits of lie, deny, deflect and attack. Open your eyes and see the truth that is glaring in front of you. First is your denial of the fact that it is called the Novel Coronavirus or even COVID-19. See the CDC definition below.

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.

So you see it isn’t even in the flu category so your “name” is not only wrong by science definition, it is a derogatory term used by trump and his followers to deflect away from him and his actions.

You’re second lie is that I blamed the republican governors for the Coronavirus deaths. I did not, please re-read the letter. Here is my statement “Four of the top five states with record growth are run by Republicans which reopened too early without proper restrictions – Florida, Arizona, Texas and Georgia. Now those states are struggling to go back to try and stop the spread, instead of doing it right the first time. Now that is failed leadership.” As off today Florida is re closing bars, eat in dinning etc to try and stem the tide of the Coronavirus. California is also having to re close to try and slow the spread. As of today, 7 of the 10 states showing the highest number of Coronavirus cases over the last week are led by republicans. Florida alone had 69, 000, Texas 63,000 and California 60,650, Arizona 24,500, Georgia 21,500. If we aren’t careful we will be facing another round of shutdowns here in Kentucky as well.

See https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases to see the numbers yourself.

As far as tuberculosis goes, well technically it is a pandemic, but it is actually declining worldwide. Tuberculosis is curable, currently Coronavirus isn’t. I can only speculate as to why it’s not seen in the same light as the Coronavirus, but I think it’s probably because it’s not a new disease, it's relatively controlled except in 30 countries, and it’s curable. See the stats below from the CDC. Note that Eight countries accounted for two thirds of the new TB cases: India, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and South Africa.

In 2017, the most recent data available, 515 deaths in the United States were attributed to TB. This is a decrease from 528 deaths attributed to TB in 2016.

During 2019, a total of 8,920 new cases were provisionally reported in the United States, representing a 1.1% decrease from 2018.*

A total of 1.5 million people died from TB in 2018 (including 251 000 people with HIV). Worldwide, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death and the leading cause from a single infectious agent (above HIV/AIDS).

In 2018, 87% of new TB cases occurred in the 30 high TB burden countries. Eight countries accounted for two thirds of the new TB cases: India, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and South Africa.

An estimated 58 million lives were saved through TB diagnosis and treatment between 2000 and 2018.

I suppose now that you see China is on that list you are going to blame China and call it the China TB.

Are you really that delusional to think that trump is so important that the WORLD created a pandemic to attack him politically? That explains a lot about some of your responses. You do the republican distract and deflect act very well though. Joe Biden, the Mueller investigation and trump’s legal and valid impeachment have nothing to do with this conversation. Just another way for you to try and distract from the facts and your denial of those same facts. No one has blamed trump for the virus, just his failed response to it.

Linda

"So through Gov. Beshear’s resolve and standing up to political pressure our numbers dropped." Oh, I forgot this lie. Do you want to repeat that again Adkins as we KNOW that the numbers here in Kentucky have jumped. Where's your failed leadership statement now?

Linda

More lies and distortions from Adkins. First of all he states that Republicans are deflecting when we use the term Wuhan flu. Lie. We are not deflecting. We're calling it exactly what it is. It originated in the Wuhan province of China, thus the Wuhan flu. Put your big boy britches on and get over it and quit whining. You call it what you want to. We'll call it by it's actual name and not some made up name that the lap dog news media gave it.

His real lies and distortions comes when he blames Republican governors for Wuhan flu deaths. Now here are the real numbers of deaths according to the CDC. These numbers are rounded.

Democrat states:

NY State-32,000

California-7,000

NJ-15,500

Ill-7,000

Michigan-6,000

Penn-7,000

Mass-8,000

Republican states:

Florida-4,000

Texas-3,000

Arizona-2,000

There were 1.5 million people that died of tuberculosis last year. Why wasn't a pandemic declared like this year? Where was the call for face masks?

The bottom line is this scamdemic was declared to affect the 2020 presidential election. The Russian Collusion Delusion Conspiracy Theory didn't work. The Impeachment Hoax, where Democrats tried to impeach President Trump for doing exactly what Joe Biden did and bragged about it, didn't work. So all the Democrats had left was the Wuhan flu to affect a presidential election. I told my husband back in January when I first heard about the Wuhan virus that somehow, some way the Democrats and their lapdog news media would find a way to blame President Trump. He laughed at me and asked how they could blame a president for a flu. Well, I was right after all.

Talk about distortions and Democrat talking points. This letter has it all

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