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A Buckeye’s Lament: What Has Happened to Ohio and the Midwest?


Let me get this straight: you’re upset that my post wasn’t on-topic. When I pointed out that it was on-topic, you decided to make it a personal squabble, which, as such, couldn’t have been more off-topic. If you think I didn’t have the right to post what I originally wrote, go ahead and flag it with the reason: “bkswrites does not personally approve.”



When We the People have a House of Representatives that refuses to uphold their constitutional responsibility to oversee and put constraints on an Executive Branch that is clearly in violation of accepted Morals and Ethics, blaming past politicians from the other half of the long corrupted Duopoly is totally senseless and downright hateful.

To overlook the Hate which the majority party has exhibited, long before the 2016 election, must mean, that you, ‘good Ole boy’, too, agreed with the Hate and Division which has dominated our government since 45 entered stage right.

I sincerely hope for all our sakes, that if you have procreated, your offspring haven’t been poisoned by their association to you.

As far as past Democrat politicians are concerned, I agree that many indeed, have committed crimes worthy of long prison sentences.

The Duopoly isn’t worthy of existing any longer.

With 240 years to refine their representation and governance, we as a country do not deserve to have such unchecked corruption existing in the two main political parties which are supposed to represent us.

If I am wrong about your predisposition to feel Hate, I apologize.

If I nailed it on that matter, may God help you see another way of being.


Well, I was responding to the idea that it is better to be a Russian than a Democrat, but the fact of the matter is that the Rethuglicans are a class of inbred jerks all of their own. Starting wars with lies, massive corporate bribes and corruption, wanting to gut Social Security and Medicare, and generally grinding the faces of the poor.

Yeah, you call it a “Duopoly.” It is just more of the corruption we have seen from those in power over the course of human history. Kleptocracy fits it nicely. Anything not nailed down, they will steal.

Sorry if you think that I “hate.” I do get rather worked up when reading about all the corruption in the halls of them folks who “really care about you!!”


Like I said, I apologize if I got you wrong Edward.

Might not want to call yourself one of the, “Good Ole Boys.”

No argument from me about the Rethuglicans.

A hundred years ago they adopted the Southern Strategy, which meant they embraced the Racist elements in the South for their votes, when the Democrats embraced the rights of Blacks.

Embracing Hate is messed up.

Again, sorry if I got you wrong.


No problem, PonyBoy. With the exception of my understanding of human sexuality, you probably would find me to be very much on the side of the Progressives. I am appalled at what this country has become (I just commented on the horror of the Yemen bombing of children). I am appalled at what Christianity has turned into in this country. I am appalled at the lack of concern that most folks appear to have (it seems that only a very few are really trying to disrupt the status quo).

If I do “hate,” it is not people that I hate. I honestly try to get along with everyone, to understand all people, to try to look through their eyes, and most of all, to see the good in all. Sometimes, with some people, that can seem like a pretty big mountain to climb, and being human, it is all too easy to get angry at people rather than with what they do. But I keep trying, or as one meme I read says “Yes, I’m a practicing Catholic and I’m going to keep practicing - until I get it right.”

Still working on that.


Midwestern types are landlocked people who often only experience the world through military service. My very Republican Hoosier grandfather kept only one presidential portrait to his dying days which I found among my mother’s personal effects, which she told me years back he kept on the wall of the family car-dealership-turned car repair and wrecking service shop, that of FDR
On the other hand, he and the other city fathers posted a sign on the outskirts of town which read, “If you are black, don’t let the sun set on you here.” They could have a sense of humor, but they could also be lethal.


I wouldn’t want to go that broad, especially in present tense. There was some active GOPism among my Mother’s 6 siblings, but much of that was blamed on spouses (oddly, mostly wives) leading them astray. And of the next generation with whom I’m in contact, there’s only one who told me “You don’t want to know what Aunt Kathleen thought of Sarah Palin.” Four others have completely amazed me with what they post on Facebook. All raised in in Ohio.


My dad loved his Social Security check, but hated FDR until the day he died.
I tried to talk to my dad about FDR , but he would not listen. I tried to talk to
my dad about his sainted Reagan and Reagan’s lies and bad policy, but again
he would not listen. I fear for our country, because there are millions of people
out there just like him. They ignore the truth or dismiss the truth as more liberal