Letters to the Editor

It is totally the fault of everyone else

It is an ill wind that blows no good, thus our farmer’s relief checks are in the mail — underwritten by borrowed bucks from China and elsewhere. Meanwhile, folks on the farm and blue-collar workers are starting to feel their way through Trump’s alternative economic reality. These folks have started bumping into the fact that things have started to slide from what was not as good as it should be on down toward getting much worse, with nothing in the wind suggesting that it is going to get “Make-America-Great-Again” better.

These take-a-second-look bumps of doubt have gotten sharpened by pokes in the eye from Trump entering public office and presenting himself in a style provoking discord among old friends and neighbors, reporting of the nation’s mainstream media disparaged as “fake news,” and engendering fallout with international allies. Trump’s actions have prompted a bevy of women to claim to have been used, abused and paid-off by him, sparked a tariff war with nations with whom we most regularly trade, and promulgated discord within the Trump administration where a record number of staff members have resigned or gotten booted from office. And, the blame for all of this in no way falls at the feet of Trump — it is totally the fault of everyone else.

“For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind; the standing grain has no heads; it shall yield no meal; if so it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.” Hosea 8:7

Sam Osborne

West Branch

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