Insulting voters, demonizing Trump!

Several letters, including some long ones, have been published in my local newspaper, the Macon Telegraph, demonizing Donald Trump. One letter pretending to objectivity and citing the liberal media asserted that Trump told more lies than Hillary — as if a Krystal patty was as big as a Burger King whopper or a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder! Trump may tell little tales from time to time to shock and capitalize on media publicity, even if in the negative. How else could he get through the fog and for free too! Democrats surely like to make up whoppers! But Hillary’s lies are impeachable whoppers, such as with the health care task force in her husbands’ administration (1994-5) to the email lies and the Benghazi scandal in Obama’s. Had we had an ethical Justice Department, she would have been indicted. 

Of course the Telegraph writers, such as Eric Erickson, have not been the only ones demonizing Trump. Vice President Joe Biden opined that Trump “would have loved Stalin,” forgetting that it was FDR who embraced Stalin and the progressives in his administration who loved and even betrayed their country to Stalin.

A more recent letter scolds Republican state Rep. Allen Peake for complaining about Trump now but not doing enough in the past. The GOP establishment is also chastised for not doing enough to stop Trump. The writer forgot that it was the Republican electorate, the people frustrated with the establishment, who nominated Trump, not the Party elders. In fact the GOP leadership, including former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) should be chastised for trying to stop Trump despite the popular victories. It is absolutely astounding to me how the incorrigible liberal Democrats in our own newspaper are always extending unsolicited political advice to Republicans. William D. Carter of Bonaire is a good example.

It is amazing how it is the Democrats who frequently violate and abuse democracy. In the DNC, socialist Bernie Sanders was compromised to give Hillary the nomination, and now they are advising Republicans in how to stop Trump. It is worth repeating, primary state voters selected Trump. Ted Cruz was my candidate but I have accepted the popular results and the GOP leadership should do the same. Those who continue to undermine Trump are sore losers who should and will pay the price for their callous disregard of the voters, whom they claim to serve.

The same letter-writer who came close to calling Senator Peake a jellyfish, also equated supporters of Trump with Nazi collaborationists, but as the Jewish physician-scholar, Dr. David Stolinsky wrote: “If fascism comes to America, it will come in the guise of fighting fascism. It will come in the guise of disrupting Trump rallies because Trump is a ‘Nazi.’ It will come in the guise of shutting off conservative opinions because they are ‘hate speech.’ It will even come in the guise of ‘tolerance.’ It will come in whatever guise is useful in diverting attention …”

Finally, Trump may be bombastic but if he gets elected he will be bound from extreme mischief by the chains of the Constitution like all other previous presidents. Binding a loose cannon without fixed ideology would be far easier than a determined autocratic and corrupt ideologue like Hillary with a party behind her.

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Dr. Miguel A. Faria is an associate editor in chief and world affairs editor of Surgical Neurology International and the author of "Cuba in Revolution — Escape from a Lost Paradise." His website is

This article was published in the Macon Telegraph on August 31, 2016.

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As with Reagan's jubilation after Jimmy Carter's malaise!

US consumer confidence climbed to 15-year high in December, Fox News, December 27, 2016

American consumers are the sunniest they've been in more than 15 years. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index climbed to 113.7 in December, up from 109.4 in November and the highest since it reached 114 in August 2001.

The index measures consumers' assessment of current conditions, which dipped from November but was still very positive, and their expectations for the future, which hit a high.

Director of economic indicators at the Conference Board Lynn Franco said the "post-election surge in optimism" was strongest among Americans who were older. Later on Tuesday, Trump thanked himself for the consumer confidence surge. He took to Twitter to note that the numbers of confidence levels are the highest the index has climbed in more than 15 years. Trump added, "Thanks Donald!"

Donald Trump: The U.S. Consumer Confidence Index for December surged nearly four points to 113.7, THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN MORE THAN 15 YEARS! Thanks Donald!

The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5 percent annual pace from July to September, fastest in two years. Unemployment is at a nine-year low of 4.6 percent. Employers have added 180,000 jobs a month this year, down from an average 229,000 in 2015 but still solid.

"The election of Donald Trump has raised household expectations for the economy to a very high level," Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, wrote in a research note. "It remains to be seen whether Trump can deliver," but the burst in confidence could drive consumer spending higher.--- The Associated Press contributed to this report.