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Letter writer Dick Cesaroni is outraged at the tactics employed by elected Democratic politicians and citizens in opposition to the words and actions of President Donald Trump (“Anarchy and chaos,” letter to the editor published Feb. 8 in The Signal).

He calls it childish revenge politics and whining by sore losers. He also states that he “does not recall the citizenry acting like this when Obama won the election.”

Pardon me for helping jog his failing memory. After President Obama was elected, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, a Republican, stated that it was his primary objective to oppose all policies of the new president and ensure that he served only one term.

Tea Party supporters, both in Congress and regular citizens, opposed almost all of Obama’s policies – starting with the TARP legislation that helped this country avoid an economic disaster and helped defuse the Great Recession that the George W. Bush administration laid on the lap of the new president.

He does not seem to recall the congressional Republican who shouted out “liar” during a State of the Union speech by President Obama. Nary a single Republican representative voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, which was essentially a GOP proposal until it was embraced by a Democrat-led Congress.

If Mr. Cesaroni does not believe that voicing dissent to opposing political policy is appropriate behavior, he might want to obtain a copy of the U.S. Constitution and read the First Amendment, ensuring freedom of speech.

Sorry, but this is how our country works, or sometimes works imperfectly, but we still have a democracy.

Donald Trump was not elected to be our ruler or king. And as far as “Making America Great Again,” we will just have to wait and see.

But he surely has made “Saturday Night Live” great again.


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  • Ron Bischof

    Your LTE demonstrates why your party is at a historical low, Mr. Oatway. See my comment on Mr. Kampbell’s column.

  • Brian Baker

    Ah, the old First Amendment “political dissent is patriotic” excuse.

    Funny how that only seems to be true when a non-Dem is in office. When Obozo was in office, political dissent was always “racist”, as I recall.

    And your attempt to draw a parallel with the Tea Party is utterly laughable. The Tea Party didn’t run around smashing and burning things, beating people up, blocking traffic, trashing entire neighborhoods, or making speeches using language not even fit for a cathouse. When a Tea Party event ended the venue was cleaner and neater than when they arrived.

    But, Oatway, I urge you to continue fooling yourself like that. It’s absolutely the best thing you can do for US.

  • lois eisenberg

    “Saturday Night Live” great again.”
    Saturday night live has always been great!!!!
    Thank you donald and all your ilk for even making it greater !!!!!!

  • Frank Rizzo

    Sorry, you Democrats are hypocrites. Here is another example:

    Chuck Schumer (D) 2013
    “Just about everyone in America — Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative — believe that once you elect a president, he deserves his choices to run the executive branch.

    “But a new tactic has been introduced to try to paralyze the executive branch the way they’ve paralyzed the legislative branches because they really don’t want the government to function.”

    Chuck Schumer (D) 2017
    “I will oppose every one of Trump picks”
    After all, they are all Hitler, right?

  • Gil Mertz

    Yes, for eight years the cowards on SNL and late night comedians didn’t dare touch the anointed one, Barack Hussein Obama, despite unlimited fodder to impure. They didn’t dare make fun of a black Democrat. But it is totally acceptable to endlessly attack Republicans to a New York audience with their cheap shots. Sadly, many Americans like you Thomas see SNL as your only source of news.

    As for obstruction, Thomas, can you site one poll since Obmacare became law that shows most Americans favor it? Nope. Not one, even today. Looks like the GOP has been right all along.

    • lois eisenberg



      FOR THE TAKING !!!!!!

      SATIRE !!!!!!

  • Ron Bischof

    “After President Obama was elected, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, a Republican, stated that it was his primary objective to oppose all policies of the new president and ensure that he served only one term.”

    A frequently repeated talking point unsupported by facts used to justify opposition that began before President Trump was inaugurated.

    Here’s the facts you misrepresented Mr. Oatway (note the date and compare it to President Obama’s initial inauguration date of 1/20/2009):

    We’re fact-checking the last part, the claim that “the Republican leader of the Senate said his main goal after this election is simply to win the next one.”

    It’s based on a comment Sen. Mitch McConnelll made in an interview with the National Journal’s Major Garrett on Oct. 29, 2010: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

    So McConnelll said it. But we think some further context is in order.

    McConnell said he had been studying the history of presidents who suffered big defeats in midterm elections in Congress, but then won re-election in two years anyway. McConnelll said he doesn’t want Republicans to repeat the same mistakes that allowed that to happen.

    “After 1994, the public had the impression we Republicans overpromised and underdelivered,” McConnell said. “We suffered from some degree of hubris and acted as if the president was irrelevant and we would roll over him. By the summer of 1995, he was already on the way to being re-elected, and we were hanging on for our lives.”

    McConnell said Republicans need to treat the midterm elections as “the first step in retaking the government.”

    It was in that context that McConnell said, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

    Garrett asked if that meant “endless, or at least frequent, confrontation with the president?”

    Said McConnell, “If President Obama does a Clintonian backflip, if he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it’s not inappropriate for us to do business with him.”

    More here:

    • Brian Baker

      Frankly, Ron, I don’t care. I see nothing wrong with a politician wanting his opponent to not be re-elected, whether it’s McConnell or Schumer or Pelosi. At least it’s honest, if nothing else.

      I always thought the “reach across the aisle” cliché was phony when used by Dem/socialists, and the expression of a death wish by Repubs, who constantly repeated the mistake of actually trying to do it.

      • Ron Bischof

        My objection is the misrepresentation of fact for political purposes, Brian. Mr. Oatly stated he was aiding the memory of Mr. Cesaroni without checking his facts.

        Frankly, I prefer it when folks reveal their true selves in word and deed. I know you do as well.

        • Brian Baker

          Yep, I do.

          And I got what your goal was. My comment was more of an aside, or an observation that IMO the entire issue is an irrelevancy.

  • lois eisenberg

    The” hate preacher” knew for weeks that Flynn wasn’t truthful about his Russian
    INVOLVEMENT !!!!!!! LOCK HIM UP !!!!!

    We have known for months that the “hate preacher” hasn’t been truthful about his
    Russian involvement or truthful about anything else !!!!!!

    • Ron Bischof

      Source for your assertions, Ms. Eisenberg? I recollect you deploring the campaign use of “Lock her up!” during the campaign. And yet I note you using the term every day.

      Are your ethics situational depending on the political objective?

      Speaking of truth, what are your opinions on these items?

      Top State Obama Department Official Admitted Benghazi Had Nothing to Do With Protests

      FEBRUARY 14, 2017

      Despite Kennedy’s admission on September 12 that the deadly terrorist assault on the Benghazi Consulate was not “under cover of protest,” but was, in fact, “a direct breaching attack,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice appeared on five major interview shows the Sunday, September 16, to claim the attack was due to a “spontaneous protest” and was not premeditated.

      “Based on the best information we have to date, what our assessment is as of the present is in fact what began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy—sparked by this hateful video … We do not—we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned.”

      Lie of the Year: ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it’

      • lois eisenberg

        KEEP GRASPING AT STRAWS !!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Ron Bischof

          Au contraire, Ms. Eisenberg.

          Unlike your posts, my comments are substantive and supported by facts. And when I ask you questions, you respond with shrieking attacks.

          The pattern of your posts reveal a fundamental lack of intellectual rigor.

          • Brian Baker

            Why do you bother, Ron?

          • Ron Bischof

            Ms. Eisenberg isn’t my target.

            Recollect that Mr. Shalom compliments his sole cheerleader.

            Democrats, “Progressives”, “Resistance” or whatever the nom du jour is in the SCV should own their ranting champion.

      • charlesmauricedetallyrand

        Well if you’re willing to google it it’s being reported that Trump knew at least since january 26th when Yates informed White House Counsel Donald McGahn and McGahn reportedly immediately informed Trump on the issue. Not that hard to find. But lets be honest here and use some common sense, Trump knew at least 48 days ago and if he didn’t he’s an incredibly incompetent Commander in Chief and dangerously so in regards to foreign policy pushing through someone who wouldn’t otherwise get the clearance given he was being investigated by multiple agencies since at least 2015 into the position of national security adviser and trusting that all intelligence be given directly through, filtered through that adviser (what a strange policy to have that Flynn alone be the one to give Trump intelligence information).

        Why were multiple members of the Trump campaign in contact with Russian intelligence even before the election? To repeat a previous conversation, the salient point is nothing in regards to the truth of the podesta emails. We are right now witnessing the political assault of our president by our intelligence community, and the good reason to ask is why are they leaking this information? Why is this so important to them? And are they appeased by the mere dismissal of Flynn or will this thread continue to unravel and will they provide us with more details. So called conservatives thus far certainly lack the integrity thus far to do so…party over country I guess. Why would Trump allow Pence to be on record as propelling a false narrative for at least 2 weeks, why wouldn’t Trump inform even Pence?

  • lois eisenberg

    “The Greeks have a word for the emerging Trump Administration: kakistocracy. The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as a “government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.” Webster’s is simpler: “government by the worst people.”

    • Gil Mertz


      The Greeks would call people like you just plain crazy. Please, get help.

  • lois eisenberg

    SNL: Baldwin’s trump and McCarthy’s Spicer are helping draw numbers not seen in 22 years !!!!!!!!
    Can hardly wait to she the satire on Kellyanne Conway ????????????

    • Gil Mertz

      Kellyanne Conway is the only woman in American history to lead a successful presidential election. If she was a Democrat, she would be held up as a feminist hero and on every magazine cover in the country. But because she’s a Republican, it’s fair game to hate and disparage her. When it comes to women, you Democrats are such disgraceful hypocrites.

  • lois eisenberg

    “Breaking News: Intercepted calls show members of the Trump campaign had repeated contact with Russian intelligence before the election.” OH MY !!!!!!!

  • lois eisenberg

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Obama set Flynn up ??????
    To the Birther: All’s fair in love and war”!!!!!!

  • lois eisenberg

    “It’s bigger than Flynn. New Russia revelations widen Trump’s credibility gap.”
    WHAT CREDIBILITY !!!!!!!!!!!!!