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Wed, Oct. 23

Volpe: Did you unknowingly join a cult?

No, you didn’t join Charley Manson’s murderous cult. Nor did you escape Jim Jones’s cult of Kool Aid drinkers. However, if you do not use your ability to reason, combined with logic and good common sense, and blindly follow any political party while uncritically adhering to their ideology, you unknowingly have joined a political cult. So drink up!

Some readers say; I am unafraid to speak out and voice my opinion. That I was appointed to get the word out. That I say what other people are thinking and want to say, but are afraid to.

While some say they tell people like it is. Actually, they tell people like they think it is. I like to tell people what I believe they need to hear, rather than what they want to hear. I believe, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all the people some of the time, but you can’t please all the people all the time.”

I write what might be considered controversial, outspoken columns you may or may not agree with. I have never been politically correct, never intend to be, and am proud of it! Right or wrong, you will always get a straightforward bipartisan opinion from me.

Neither of our two major parties is always correct. Usually, the culprit, the one doing the sniping and dividing our country, is the one that is NOT in power. It tries to dictate to its members what you must do. How you must rebel against the party in power. And what you need to do so your cult leaders get elected to power the next time. Unfortunately, this has become a year-round endeavor.

Mainstream media, social media and the internet, with our smart phones, have so embedded politics into our everyday lives that we have come to need it like our morning coffee.

Back in the Good Ol’ Days, people rarely spoke about politics. We didn’t even know which party people belonged to. Today, too many people talk about politics the way they talk about their favorite sports teams, while blindly following their political party, no matter the cost. What’s worse; they treat elections like it’s a win or lose situation, akin to a sporting event. When someone runs for office it should not be looked at as they won or lost; rather, it should be they were either elected or not elected. Unfortunately, these same people don’t have the faintest idea what team work is, otherwise this country wouldn’t be so divided.

I couldn’t care less which party you patronize. Common sense should tell you that illegal immigration is a dangerous invasion of our country. Companies must discontinue hiring illegals and support I-9 reporting. The government must not grant welfare, earned income credits, birthright, food stamps, or Social Security to illegals. Without an economic incentive their invasions would cease. Sanctuary cities and states means government sponsored illegal immigration.

Many college professors have so brainwashed their students that 51 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds favor socialism. These are the same nose-running kids who text and drive, play video games all day, try fentanyl for experimentation, and expect taxpayers to continue paying for their education. They punch guest speakers in the mouth and refuse to let them speak if they don’t agree with their agenda. Science tells us, the human brain is still in the development stages to ages (25-30). Until then, people are unable to make rational decisions. That being the case, why should this group even think they could influence our decisions?

In recent decades we have been afforded Freedom of Speech only if we say what some people want to hear or consider politically correct. If we say something that goes against their ideology, we are labeled; misogynist, Islamophobe, racist, sexist, homophobe, or whatever fits their political agenda. The politically correct are trying to use social pressure to bully us into becoming politically correct. In many instances it’s the one doing the labeling that needs to be labeled.

“We have met the enemy and they are us,” to paraphrase from Oliver Perry’s quote. The way this country has become divided along party lines, with infighting, bickering, labeling people who do not agree with us, and pulling in opposite directions. I believe if we continue along these lines, we are headed toward self-destruction.

For the unification and betterment of this country, no matter which party you idolize, you should always give your support to the party that was elected by the people, for the people.

Ciao for now, J.J.

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