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Charles Meredith: Deserving praise


Dear Friends,

Good morning. A few weeks ago, one of my readers sent me an email objecting to my constant rails about President Trump. I included Stephen Hanover’s comments which defended the President. He just sent another:

“Your response to my letter did nothing to burnish your reputation as a reasonable progressive,” Hanover began. “Your friend, Dr. Clinton Reichard [MB’s and my best man] is indeed a very bright fellow, one to whom you should pay closer attention. Calling Clint Eastwood’s statement ‘utter nonsense’ merely shows you to be infected with TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) that has been going around for the past four years.

“The three areas of significant improvement in what was our booming economy that you chide here were stricken by a virus foisted on us by the Chinese. You, as an intelligent man, have to know that’s true even in the face of the 60% that have been convinced by Democrats, the media, and the Chinese Politburo that it was Trump’s fault.

“We were rolling nicely before it hit and we will be rolling again when it passes. Unfortunately an awful lot of people who think as you do are happy to see us on hard times. You’ll deny this but it’s the best chance for them to win in November, and that’s all that matters. If you think Joe Biden is the answer, then you are in need of an intervention.”

Former state Rep. Paul Clymer (R -145th District) agrees with Mr. Hanover. Here is Paul’s recent letter to me:

“I would like to weigh in on those who spoke favorably about President Trump,” Paul began. “I support their views. I don’t know if you were trying to ‘ring the Republican’s bell’ or that you are so fixated on the anti-Trump CNN with your comment, “I was unable to list one thing about which I could praise President Trump.”

“So allow me to list three decisions made by the President and get your reaction. To begin, on Jan. 30, 2020, President Trump curtailed Chinese flights into our country and shortly after, European flights were also ended. Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the president’s prompt action prevented additional thousands of Americans from being infected with the Coronavirus.

“At the time, Joe Biden called President Trump xenophobic and racist. One can only imagine how more serous COVID-19 would be if Biden was calling the shots.

“Secondly, President Trump defeated ISIS, a radical Islamic terrorist organization. These radical Islamic terrorists committed unbelievable suffering and death on Christians and moderate Moslems. Eliminating ISIS was a task President Obama was either unwilling or unable to accomplish.

“Thirdly, some months ago, President Trump ‘pressed the button’ to eliminate the murderous and sinister Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. His horrific legacy includes the death of over 600 American soldiers. In addition, thousands of our soldiers and their allies suffered horrible injuries from Soleimani’s roadside explosives. This tyrant was also responsible for the murder, rape and slavery of thousands of Middle East families. The death of Soleimani was an act of justice for humanity.

“Your thoughts?” Paul’s letter concluded. “Do not these three acts and decisions by President Trump deserve your praise?”

Yes, Paul, they do. I continue to be a registered Republican but I remain critical of this president and will not vote for him in November.

Next week, I’ll share a thought from Ann Hellman one of my Quakertown friends. She also serves as the president of the Richland Library Company, which is one of America’s oldest public libraries (founded in 1788).

Stay tuned.

Sincerely, Charles Meredith