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What Do Republicans and Democrats Look Like?

By Glenn Mollette

I’ve heard a lot of discussion about political profiles in recent days.

The Republicans supposedly are the corporate greedy CEOs and the Democrats supposedly are all those standing in the government entitlement lines. Not true.

My father was a Republican. For thirty years of his life he drove an older model truck

glen mollettAlmost two hours one-way to Holden, W.Va. where he worked in an underground coal mine. He worked eight to ten hours a day and then came home to farm two to three hours before crashing into bed. We worked a small garden, cared for ten to twenty cows, had some hogs, raised a large corn patch and you get the idea. My father was always exhausted during the workweek.

the-hartford-guardian-OpinionMy mother was a Democrat. For several years she worked in the school system. She raised five children, washed clothes with a ringer washer in the early years and when there was not enough rainwater we carried water from the creek. She made breakfast and had supper on the table every evening and kept the house immaculately clean. She worked with my dad in the garden, milked cows, tended her flowers and like my dad was usually exhausted.

On Sundays they got dressed up and went to church. They sang in the church choir and often sang in a quartet in other churches.  Life was not always easy and as with many families there were those times when we wondered if we would make it.

Looking back I can say my father was a hard working Christian Republican. My mother was a hard working Christian Democrat. Together, they built a house, raised five kids, entertained family and friends and both lived to be 85. They were not wealthy in retirement but with a thirty-year miner’s pension, Social Security and a balanced lifestyle they did fine.

If only all Republicans and Democrats today could be as blessed. Imagine what our states and nation might accomplish if we worked together? These are tough times. We have to make some unpopular decisions in this country. People are hurting, stressed to the max and even in the streets hungry.

We cannot go on with the “Us against them” syndrome. If we do we are only going to lose more jobs, incur more national debt, lose more corporations to other countries, increase taxes and watch our communities drown in drugs, violence and poverty.

Abraham Lincoln was quoting the Bible when he said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist read in all fifty states. Contact him at  Like his facebook page at He is the author of American Issues,  Hear him each Sunday night at 8 EST on XM Radio 131.

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Senator Ted Cruz the Hispanic Candidate for President?

By Patrick Osio, OP-ED

Senator Ted Cruz has become the darling of the Tea Party and other extreme right Republicans. He is seen as their potential presidential candidate. He is a superb orator and the big plus – he’s Hispanic. One needs to put a pan below the chin of the right wing members to catch the drool.

They now know that in order to win the White House their candidate must take between 35 to 40 percent of the Hispanic vote. So having a candidate that not only thinks like they, is a great orator, with leadership qualities, and also Hispanic they feel is a winning combination.

Patrick Osio

Patrick Osio

If right wingers don’t know it, surely Ted Cruz does. Hispanic is a generic description for the various descendants of numerous Spanish speaking countries in the Western Hemisphere. Cruz happens to belong to one such group – Cuban-American.

According to Pew Research Center Cubans in the U.S. number 1.9 million; Central-Americans 4.3 million and the Gorilla, Mexican-Americans 33.5 million.

So the question is: Can Cuban-American Cruz appeal to the other groups; in particular to Mexican-Americans and Central-Americans? Without a significant number of their votes, Cruz would not be the next White House occupant.

the-hartford-guardian-OpinionHow is Cruz going to explain to them why he brought the nation to the brink of economic disaster shutting down the government in a zealots attempt to rescind Obamacare needed by over 11 million Hispanics without health insurance? And while at it, how will he explain to the thousands of small business that were placed on hold by major clients due to the uncertainty he created?

How will he reconcile his belief that there is need for immigration reform, but not until the border is secure? What is his idea of secure? Not one person entering? Does this include drug traffickers? How are they attached to immigration reform? And why is only the Mexican border singled out?

How will he explain his opposition to the Dream Act that allows youngsters brought in childhood illegally to the U.S. to seek higher educations?

How will he be able to say that his family’s immigration experience is akin to theirs? Cruz’s own father was granted immediate entry not once, but twice. Cubans received favored treatment on arrival to the U.S. being granted immediate sanctuary, placed on a fast track for permanent residency and a path to citizenship. And how will he explain that on a boat full of Cuban, Dominican and Haitian refugees only Cubans were given sanctuary on arrival to the U.S., the others returned to their country and waiting arms of the dictatorships in those days?

How will he explain his silence when elected and non elected members of his own party speak so disdainfully of his fellow Hispanics? How will he explain his silence when several states pass draconian laws singling out Mexicans for enforcement?

Maybe Senator Cruz is not aware that there is tremendous discontent in the Mexican-American community towards the Republican Party, which does nothing to rectify the relationship. A considerable number of votes cast during the last presidential election were against the Republicans with Obama the beneficiary.

All ethnic groups within the Hispanic community want better education for their children and themselves, more economic opportunities, more available jobs, health care coverage – note Senator these are mostly the same issues as all Americans.

Most Americans, including the majority of Hispanics, are not in favor of illegal immigration or open borders as many of your colleagues claim. As you and your colleagues claim favoring legal immigration, so do Hispanics. They want an orderly process that U.S. businesses can comply with and be of benefit to our economy. But you’re stuck with simple sound bytes to please your patrons instead of working on immigration reform.

Be aware Senator that you have a tough road with the greatest number of “Hispanics” that speaking Spanish will not overcome. Don’t worry about Senator Rubio, he’ll have to face the same scrutiny as you if he beats you out of the nomination.

Patrick Osio, is the Editor of HispanicVista. He can be contacted at

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Letter: Tea Party Wasted America’s Time

Dear Editor:

Finally the nation and the world can take a breath of relief; the Senate and the House came up with a compromise for the President to sign off on.

As result of a Speaker caving in to the extreme members of his party, America and the world suffered physical and psychological damage. The nation and the world were put on hold because of inexperienced lawmakers’ attempts to demonize and defund the Affordable Care Act.

letterstohartfordguardianJohn Boehner, the Speaker of the House, should be fired for putting this nation through this type of stretch of uncertainty. It is my notion, many among the Tea Party members would probably fair better if they were on meds to help in their thought processes; they held the nation and the world financial reliance system hostage because of their bitterness against the Affordable Care Act.

They did not listen to the seniors in their party; and they went out on a limb that had to be pulled in. Consequently, the effort to defund Obamacare was in vain. It was a waste of time, and lot of people suffered. This will not be forgotten in the 2014 elections.

 –Alfred Waddell

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Road Terror, Motorcycles, SUVs and the Second Amendment

By Glenn Mollette

Everyone who has watched the news has seen the SUV being attacked by a gang of motorcyclists in Manhattan. We watched a husband, wife and baby surrounded by terror whose lives were seemingly going to end right before our eyes.

Most of us have imagined ourselves in a similar scenario and played out in our minds how we might react.

Such a scenario happened to my wife several years ago as she was traveling on Interstate 75 south of Cincinnati. A group of motorcyclists surrounded her car. Several got in front of her with several others to the side and others behind her car. As the cyclists in front of her drove slower and slower it was obvious to her they were trying to force her to pull off to the side of the road. Gripped with fear she motioned that she was moving forward and floored the accelerator. Fortunately for the cyclists in front of her they had a moment of rational thinking and got out of her way as she sped forward at 85 to 90 mph to get away from them.

glen mollett The highway is no place for games, rage or acts of violence. Cyclists, truckers and automobile drivers should be courteous and share the road. We are all paying taxes on America’s highways and all should be respectful of each other.

the-hartford-guardian-OpinionIn the days ahead we will hear from the driver and wife of the SUV. I would have called 911.  Even today, not everyone has a cell phone.   In such cases we all need one to call for help. More and more phones today are capable of taking pictures and videotaping. When you are afraid for your life you do not always have time to be a photographer but criminals and bullies do not want to be photographed. Without the videotape airing across the nation who knows how this story might have been spun.

Finally, what if the family could have pulled a handgun out of the glove box? NYC law makes that very difficult in comparison to most of our country.  However, residents of NYC should make every effort to achieve a legal permit and push every day for second amendment rights. What man or woman would not have begun firing the moment the window of that SUV was crashed? I would have fired away to protect my family if I had a gun.

Obviously, the cyclists could have been armed as well and thus several people could have ended up dead. This brings us back to the extreme necessity that we must all utilize respect and common sense as we travel our highways. There is zero need for violence. We need to be grateful for freedom and the privilege to drive and chill out.

Give people some room. Don’t ride people’s bumpers. Don’t cut people off. Do not use hand gestures with people as this only escalates driving tension. Do not harass people. Do not stop your car to get into a yelling match with someone.

There have been moments that all of us have felt like other motorists on the highway were jerks. Pursuing an altercation leads to nowhere. Try to keep your cool and drive responsibly.

And, in case such a scenario happens to you that happened to the Manhattan family remember your Second Amendment rights.

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist read in all fifty states. Contact him at  Like his facebook page at find his books at



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Sergio Garcia: In Defense of the American Dream

By New America Media

Traducción al español

Editor’s Note: Sergio Garcia, the 36-year-old Chico man whose struggle to practice law was the subject of a California Supreme Court hearing earlier this month, inspired a last-minute bill that passed last week in the state legislature. An undocumented immigrant who has wanted to be a lawyer since the age of 10, Garcia writes that the legislation represents the realization of his American dream.

I must have been no older than 10 years old when I dreamt of one day becoming an attorney. That dream has brought me great satisfaction, but also considerable heartache. At that innocent age I was exposed to the horrors of injustice. I saw innocent people being locked up and kept in jail because they were unable to buy their freedom. Justice should never depend on one’s ability to pay for it. It should apply equally to all.

People say it doesn’t cost anything to dream and I am glad it doesn’t because otherwise I would have never been able to afford such a big dream. In 1987 I lived in Mexico with my mother and four younger siblings. Many times we didn’t even have enough money to eat, much less for clothes or shoes. I recall often going to school hungry and embarrassed by my old torn shoes. With all of this poverty you would think I was an unhappy child, but I wasn’t. Money isn’t everything in this world and you don’t miss what you have never had.

It’s hard to believe that 26 years have gone by since the birth of my dream. I no longer struggle for food or shoes. I have grown, but so have my problems. With a great deal of hard work and sacrifice, not only from me but from all of those around me, I managed to realize my dream and finish my education as an attorney. Sadly, given my lack of status I have been prevented from taking the last step towards the achievement of my dream.

Allow me to explain. My father, who is now a U.S. citizen, applied to have my status adjusted, for me to have a green card. This was 19 years ago and I still don’t have one.


Not having a green card has opened a Pandora’s box for me. I have had to fight for my right to be able to one day fight for others. On Sept. 4, 2013, I reached the highest court in the state of California — perhaps something that to most would seem a lofty goal in their law careers, but not to me, since I was there to fight my own case. And given the limited amount of time provided by the court, I was not even able to say a word. I allowed the grown-ups to do the arguing for me: private counsel, the California State Bar attorney and the attorney for our very own state Attorney General.

They fought with courage. However, a fight can only be won if the opposition is open to engage. Here, the court appeared impotent against a federal law that, based on their reaction, they feel ties their hands and prevents them from allowing me to fulfill my dream and issue me a law license. Even though I was discouraged by their response, I did not take it as a total defeat. I took it as an opportunity to help them help me. As soon as I left the courthouse, I reached out to some of my friends in the California legislature. I knew that passing a law that would free the court’s hands to grant me a license was my last hope to fulfill my dream — short of taking my fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Luckily, my friends had been paying attention to my plight and were quick to step in, in defense of the American dream. Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) was quick to assemble the troops and encourage them to pass a favorable law quickly.

Soon all members of the Latino Legislative Caucus had heeded the call to action and had picked Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to lead the effort. I was ecstatic at their quick response. It made me feel like someone shared my passion for justice. Those who lead by action and not mere words have always been my heroes and it was refreshing to find so many like-minded people all at once.

Once Gonzalez introduced AB 1024 — the bill that could potentially open the door to my dream, and that of many others — my excitement increased exponentially. With less than a week left in this year’s legislative session, the measure was written, debated and passed by the state legislature. The bill is now headed to the governor’s desk.

Nothing that is truly worthwhile comes without effort or sacrifice, but I am out to prove that the American dream is still out there for the taking.

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Hartford Native Reacts to Chappelle, WNPR

By Rondale Williams

WNPR’s recent show titled, “A New England Kind Racism” missed the mark on discussing race and racism in Connecticut.

The conversation came after an article about Dave Chappelle’s visit to Hartford’s Comcast Theater on Aug. 29. The article shattered the myth that the state don’t have black people and is postracial.

It is beginning to be commonplace for media professionals to bring on a blogger, an academic, and/or political or civil right activist to discuss social rondaleissues. But this show misused someone’s excerpt from a taped interview, a problem that has longed plagued race-based discussions in the media. In this case, that someone was Ann-Marie Adams.

The questions that followed Adams’s excerpts seemed to not be in agreement what she articulated in her article. Her excerpts seemed to try and make notice that Dave Chappelle mistook Hartford for being a predominantly white community filled with racist hecklers. It is not. Her article helped to change the national perception that Connecticut is a liberal an all-white state with mostly rich people.. Therefore, the WNPR host should have asked questions about the article and about how we can inform others as to what the racial climate in Hartford is really like.

the-hartford-guardian-OpinionBut instead, the discussion, like many others, becomes lectures on sociology, psychology, and history, which is fine. But Adams’ article was written to change minds, not add information to a textbook.

Why?  That’s because much of Connecticut is thought to be liberal and post-racial. By others, we are also known to be proponents of the abolitionist and civil rights movements. Many people have no idea that Connecticut practices redlining today. Nonetheless, that is an article for a different day.

The issue here is when will we get others to take notice that Connecticut isn’t the Connecticut that they see on television? This image of Connecticut is that of Fairfield County, filled with rich, well-educated people with big homes. And it is an image that is deeply implanted in the minds of people who live in California, Florida, and even our tri-state neighbor New York. I know this because I’ve been to those states, and have heard about what people think about Connecticut.

When he performed in Hartford, Chappelle encountered It is people who usually fear coming into Hartford.  Had he been informed about Hartford and what it is actually like, then maybe he would never have made those statements about Hartford, including a wish that a nuclear bomb drops on Hartford. He would have realized that most people who live in Hartford look like him.

Rondale Williams is a native of Hartford. He lives in New York.

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Kevin Brookman Must Resign HDTC, Now!

Dear Editor:

On June 17, 2013, Kevin Brookman, a Hartford Democratic Town Committee member and spokesperson for the group, published an offensive, incendiary and hurtful blog post that is extremely disturbing to West Indians in the Greater Hartford community.

Read blog post here: Kevin Brookman, Resign Now

His blog, together with his acknowledgement, acceptance and agreement of the bigotry and horribly racist views of his followers, requires that he resign from his position as a Town Committee Member in the 7th district, which has the largest West Indian population in the city.

letterstohartfordguardianThat is why it is our belief that Mr. Brookman is not able to serve the constituents of the 7th district. He has exhibited a point of view so enshrined in racism and bias that he lacks the ability to represent our community.  While Mr. Brookman may not have penned the comment “This is what happens when you have monkeys running crazy in the jungle”, he did in fact approve the post and allow it to remain on his blog for two months.

His subsequent apology two months later “to anyone who may have been offended.” further reflects his inability to acknowledge that such a statement is clearly offensive. In fact, his “apology” suggests that he, in fact, is not deeply offended by the post and this demonstrates his inability to represent a community of color.

We are asking the Town Committee to take action IMMEDIATELY!


Constituents of Hartford 7th District 

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50 Years Later, Civil Rights Leaders Face Bigger Challenges

By  Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media

The 50th anniversary of the monumental 1963 March on Washington was accompanied by a wave of commemorative events that tried hard to recapture the energy and the spirit of the 1963 March. This was a tall order. The original march, punctuated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s towering “I Have a Dream” speech, acted as a powerful wrecking ball that crumbled the walls of legal segregation and ushered in an era of unbridled opportunities for many blacks. The results are unmistakable today. Blacks are better educated, more prosperous, own more businesses, hold more positions in the professions, and have more elected officials than ever before.

Yet the towering racial improvements since the 1963 March on Washington mask the harsh reality: The challenges 50 years later are, in some ways, more daunting than what King and other civil rights leaders faced.

earl-hutchinsonWhen King marched in 1963, black leaders had already firmly staked out the moral high ground for a powerful and irresistible civil rights movement. It was classic good versus evil. Many white Americans were sickened by the gory news scenes of baton-battering racist Southern sheriffs, fire hoses, police dogs, and Klan violence unleashed against peaceful black protesters. Racial segregation was considered immoral and indefensible, and the civil rights leaders were hailed as martyrs and heroes in the fight for justice.

the-hartford-guardian-OpinionAs America unraveled in the 1960s in the anarchy of urban riots, campus takeovers, and anti-war street battles, the civil rights movement and its leaders fell apart, too. Many of them fell victim to their own success and failure. When they broke down the racially restricted doors of corporations, government agencies, and universities, it was middle-class blacks, not the poor, who rushed headlong through them. As King embraced the rhetoric of the militant anti-war movement, he became a political pariah shunned by the White House, as well as mainstream white and black leaders.

King’s murder in 1968 was a turning point for race relations in America. The self-destruction from within and political sabotage from outside of black organizations left the black poor organizationally fragmented and politically rudderless. The black poor, lacking competitive technical skills and professional training, and shunned by many middle-class black leaders, became expendable jail and street and cemetery fodder. Some turned to gangs, guns and drugs to survive.

A Pew study specifically released to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations graphically made the point that the economic and social gaps between whites and African-Americans have widened over the last few decades despite massive spending by federal and state governments, state and federal civil rights laws, and two decades of affirmative action programs. The racial polarization has been endemic between blacks and whites on everything from the George Zimmerman trial to just about every other controversial case that involves black and white perceptions of the workings of the criminal justice system.

A half century later, the task of redeeming King’s dream means confronting the crises of family breakdown, the rash of shamefully failing public schools, racial profiling, urban police violence, the obscene racial disparities in the prison and criminal justice system, and HIV/AIDS. These are beguiling problems that sledgehammer the black poor and these are the problems that King and the civil rights movement of his day only had begun to recognize and address. Civil rights leaders today also have to confront something else that King did not have to face. King had the sympathy and goodwill of millions of whites, politicians, and business leaders in the peak years of the civil rights movement. Much of that goodwill has vanished in the belief that blacks have attained full equality.

Then there’s the reality that race matters in America can no longer be framed exclusively in black and white. Latinos and Asians have become major players in the fight for political and economic empowerment and figure big in the political strategies of Democratic and Republican presidential contenders. Today’s civil rights leaders will have to figure out ways to balance the competing and sometimes contradictory needs of these and other ethnic groups and patch them into a workable coalition for change.

It’s grossly unfair to expect today’s civil rights leaders to be the charismatic, aggressive champions of, and martyrs for, civil rights that King was. Or to think that 50 years later, another March on Washington can solve the seemingly intractable problems of the black poor. The times and circumstances have changed too much for that. Still, civil rights leaders can draw strength from King’s courage, vision and dedication and fight the hardest they can against racial and economic injustices that have hardly disappeared. This is still a significant step toward redeeming King’s dream.

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CC on ‘Starbucks Day’

Dear Editor: Connecticut Carry leadership learned about an event called ‘Starbucks Appreciation Day’ on Aug. 8 at approximately 9:30pm through the Connecticut forum. Connecticut Carry and its leadership has, since November 2010, advised against rallies or events involving firearms at Starbucks locations. This was due to a request from Starbucks to not use their stores as political rally points for the issue of carrying firearms:

We recognize that there is significant and genuine passion surrounding the issue of open carry weapons laws. Advocacy groups from both sides of this issue have chosen to use Starbucks as a way to draw attention to their positions.

As the public debate continues, we are asking all interested parties to refrain from putting Starbucks or our partners into the middle of this divisive issue. As a company, we are extremely sensitive to the issue of gun violence in our society. Our Starbucks family knows all too well the dangers that exist when guns are used irresponsibly and illegally. Without minimizing this unfortunate reality, we believe that supporting local laws is the right way for us to ensure a safe environment for both partners and customers.

Starbucks Corporate Policy Memo dated March 16, 2010

Connecticut Carry respects the rights of a property owner like Starbucks to ask to not be used as a civil rights battleground. We also appreciate their neutral stance even when they encounter a very vocal minority that requests absurd things like policies against firearms in public businesses.

While we absolutely respect and support the right of every citizen of Connecticut to bear arms in any manner they choose, we must also conduct ourselves in a responsible and respectful manner. Connecticut Carry had no part in organizing or sponsoring this event. Likewise, we were unable to find any organization or person that would take responsibility for organizing this event.

We hope that in the future, the wishes of Starbucks will be respected in accordance to their policy. Firearms carriers who simply carry their firearms as they wish in their daily business and save rallies and events for property that is welcoming will help our cause the most. Respecting the property rights of Starbucks is the best way to show appreciation for a business that has been through a lot of turmoil for not taking a negative stance on our rights.

Rich Burgess
Connecticut Carry

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American Politics, Human Failures – Help Available for All

By Glenn Mollette

What do Anthony Weiner, Bob Filner, Eliot Spitzer, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy and Bill Clinton all have in common?

Think about it. It’s not a political party answer. Obviously we can easily swing right and throw out names like Mark Sanford, Newt Gingrich, Larry Craig, Mark Foley and David Petraeus.  There are several answers to this question. One answer – they all had or have a human failure problem.

glen mollett Thomas Jefferson is reported to have had six children with a mistress slave. How would that play out on cable news today? Ralph Abernathy reported in his book that King had a problem with white prostitutes and that a mistress was in the motel the night he was killed in Memphis. John F. Kennedy was reported to have had several affairs including one with Marilyn Monroe. His brother Bobby was also alleged to have been involved with Monroe. Roosevelt was accused of having numerous women in his life including the-hartford-guardian-Opiniona twenty-year affair with his secretary. And then there was Bill Clinton.
Jimmy Carter drew national attention when he admitted to being an adulterer during his Presidential campaign. He said he had committed adultery many times.  He referred to what Jesus said in Matthew 5:27 -28 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” I suppose a new translation of the Bible
 someday may say if a person has lusted after another person. It could work both ways. Carter was further criticized because he gave this interview to Playboy magazine. I think there is a difference between thinking something and actually doing it…but according to Jesus human failure begins in the heart and this is what Carter was talking about.
Sanford admitted to an affair with an Argentinian woman. Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after being arrested by a policeman at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for lewd conduct. Foley was accused of sending suggestive text and instant messages to male teens.
It seems as if it usually boils down to sex but not always. Richard Nixon was run out of Washington because of Watergate and Ted Kennedy almost lost his political career over the Chappaquiddick car crash that took the life of Mary Jo Kopechne.  In 1922 Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall was found guilty of bribery, fined $100,000 and sentenced to one year in prison in what is remembered as the Teapot Dome Scandal.
 Human failure is rampant in politics, mainly because politicians are human beings prone to fall short.  You may quickly name persons of unblemished service and there would be many but the problem with that is that you never know everything. Every human being is guilty of foul-ups, let downs and human failure.  Even the Bible says all have come short. All means all of us.
People actually talk about the faults and mistakes of others all the time. They talk about them in church prayer meetings under the guise of prayer requests. That usually happens like this: “Please pray for Brother John I understand he hasn’t been making his house payment. Or pray for Jane Doe I understand she has been having an affair.” The prayer request ends up being gossip with religious gunk on it.  We gather in our little circles and make each other feel better as we talk about the faults of others.
Granted you or your neighbor may not be running for public office and therefore you may feel you are exempt from life scrutiny. Just remember these people are human beings with a human nature and human problems and have the ability to fall short of perfection. We all have that nature.  It’s not a political party nature. Today everybody is talking about Weiner and Filner. One time it was Clinton, Craig, Nixon, Foley, Gingrich. Last year it was Herman Cain.
Whew…I’m not slamming either party. This is not about right, left or moderate. Professional help is available and it’s not restricted to a political party.
Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author of American Issues and nine other books. Like his Facebook page at 
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