I saw the word “bigotry” in an opinion page article July s. Bigot is defined, “one obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his own opinions and prejudices”. (His?) Bigot applies to many of the writers who express opinions on this page, often using “proof” by name calling, “half-truths,” and items taken out of context to support their propositions (the point to be discussed or maintained in argument … something that can be believed, doubted, or denied or is either true or false.”
Opinions can be true if fact-based. But, for opinions based on belief, arguments and facts are often not relevant. The believer is going to believe, end of discussion. Thus the absolute requirement to maintain the separation of church and state. When the “rule of law” is replaced by “belief” democracy breaks down.
“Politics is the art of compromise.” Today an author stated, “Obstruction is a part of the checks and balances in governance within a republic.” This is false, obstruction blocks governance and is not mentioned in our constitution. He continued, “Whether it is good or bad depends on which side of the fence you’re on.” False again, obstruction is always bad and total obstruction leads to total collapse.
If you say I am not going to eat until I get my way, you could die. But, if you say I am not going to let you eat until I get my way, we all could die. Read the Preamble, there is nothing about obstruction, only doing.
Bob Englebretson, Millstadt