DAVID JASWA

I wish to reply to some recent letters concerning the upcoming presidential election.

In his letter to the editor of September 9, Warren D. Golightly describes Joe Biden as “A practicing Catholic his entire life.” I must respectfully disagree with Mr. Golightly’s characterization, based upon a review of Mr. Biden’s actions. First, Mr. Biden supports abortion, which is in direct contradiction to Catholic teaching. In his campaign for president, Mr. Biden was endorsed by Planned Parenthood, the largest single abortion provider in the United States. That Mr. Biden’s position is contrary to Catholic teaching can been seen when he was refused Holy Communion at a South Carolina church in 2019. The priest, Father Robert E. Morey, stated, “Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”

Second, Mr. Biden officiated at a “wedding” between two homosexual males in Washington, D.C. in 2016. This is against Catholic teaching in two areas. First, in general, only a bishop, priest, or deacon can witness a wedding as the Church’s representative. A layperson can be the official representative only in special instances, none of which apply here. Second, the Church holds firm to the biblical teaching that marriage is reserved to being between a man and a woman and that homosexual activity endangers the immortal souls of those who engage in it. While I do not know the state of Mr. Biden’s soul (only God knows), it is clear that his actions are not that of a practicing Catholic.

Next is the assertion that the Democratic Party is “inclusive” (Robin Young’s letter of August 15). Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has stated that every Democrat needs to support abortion rights, it is a not negotiable. Further, Kamala Harris, the vice-presidential candidate, during the confirmation hearing for Mr. Brian Buecher as a district judge, repeatedly questioned his membership in the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic charitable organization. His membership was repulsive to Ms. Harris. Other examples abound, but clearly, if you are pro-life or a member of the Knights of Columbus, you are not welcome in the Democratic Party and thus, it is not “inclusive.”

Finally there is the discussion that the Democratic Party can bring healing and unity to the nation (Astrid Willemsma’s letter of August 14 and Sandra J. LeDrew’s letter of September 22). Despite these claims, the Democratic Party cannot bring healing and unity to the nation. In my estimation, neither of the major political parties in the upcoming election can bring healing and unity, because the country itself is severely divided. Issues like abortion, school choice, the economy (among others) have sharply divided the United States. The major political parties have stands that are polar opposites with no compromise possible. From my reading of United States history, I believe that we have not been this divided since the 1840s and 50s when slavery was the main issue.

To conclude, a vote in this coming election is not about trying to heal and unite the country since, as I said, the country is sharply divided. The election is about which direction the country should take. That is what each of our votes represents, a direction for our country.

David Jaswa is a resident of Stephens City.

(27) comments

Conservative

If anyone watched the debates last night, you wasted your time. Same old, same old, from both guys. Biden sunk to Trumps childish behavior, showing that Biden has nothing else to offer. I'm sticking with Trump, he may be a boorish bully, but he's a bully that's for America first, and that's what is important to me. Silver tongues politicians are no good for America. Clinton and Obama were masters at conning folks.

john brown

i feel sorry for you and your disjointed "logic" .. you think so little of yourself to accept the likes of tRump

Conservative

You sound just like the pathetic little troll that occupies his parent's basement and whines all day about Trump and how evil anyone who doesn't support the liberal agenda is. Face it, Trump is far better than Biden. By a landslide.

john brown

if you see tRump as a better man than Joe Biden, you are the pathetic one

Bose-Einstein

Wow! You got all that from a comment? Congrats, you have more imagination than J. K. Rowling.

Spock Here

"Boorish bully for America", now that's a bumper sticker! Seriously? Had he performed in school, back in the day, like he did last night, the teacher would have hauled him to the woodshed by his ear, kicked him out, with a note to dad. Dad, having read the note, would have told him to go pick his switch and laid his arse bare. Should we not expect a grownup....a leader...to act a bit better? Joe would have gotten detention and a side snicker from pops for his "zingers." No one can sink as low, and I'll wager the "shut up man" got applause from even a few cultists. Spoiled entitled narsissistic tax cheat traitor brat turned president definitely doesn't have a "silver tongue". But he has the codes and you're ok with that, because "he's for America." When do you think he'll start respecting America?

Conservative

When faced with the choice of a "grownup" who fawns over little girls, has huge corrupt ties to the chinese government, and can't form a complete sentence without practicing, or a guy who puts America First in his policies but can't stay off twitter like he should, I pick the latter. It's a shame that the career politicians on BOTH sides have brainwashed people into thinking that if they speak (lie) well, they are worthy of leading our country, regardless of how much filthy corruptness lines their pockets with money from foreign governments interested in only stealing from the USA.

Spock Here

"When faced with the choice of a "grownup" who fawns over (is accused of raping little girls) (grabs women's genitals), has huge corrupt ties to the chinese government (along with his 3 grown children), and can't form a complete sentence without practicing, (slurs)" Fixed it for you

And they say women are too emotional to be president.....

Bryan.the.Nuri

So you admit Trump is childish? Thank you.

Bose-Einstein

Trump had a lot of gall going after Biden's family.

Trump's White House looks like the Brady Bunch.

Spock Here

More like The Shining.

john brown

wouldn't it be nice if the writer and his ilk were as concerned about the 208,000 dead and counting from Covid as they are about controlling women. I am pro "all" life.

john brown

After 3 1/2 years of tRump's hate some people claim he can heal this nation. Those people are at best delusional. tRump displayed his healing capability last night when putin had him on a longer leash.

john brown

Putin had his dog on a long leash last night. What a pathetic example of a President. This coward, tRump is responsible for 208,000 and counting deaths as he plays yet another round of golf. He even cheats at that.

john brown

Vote Blue tosave this nation from the racst white nationalist.... you know, the stand by crowd.. terrorists

shinyhappypeople

In other words, A + B = Q. I think i’ve heard this song and dance somewhere before🤔

john brown

Pray for these scared paranoid religious bigots. It must take all they have to leave their homes to face this mean cruel world.

Whistle Dixie

Mr. Jaswa, Thank you for sharing your opinion about our divided Nation. We are divided intentionally, and after watching the Presidential debate last night, the division became clearer and clearer.

Candidate Joe Biden accused Trump, and America, of having "systemic racism" and yet 2 minutes later, Joe Biden talked about suburbs being integrated and that people of different races would car-pool together.

Biden's modus operandii: Open mouth, insert foot. Repeat.

Biden couldn't even keep his lies and accusations straight with the ear-piece. Dead man walking. And THIS is what the Democrat Party produces to lead our Nation?

Get prepared. Winter is coming.

Spock Here

Stand by, proud boy, and order your new tshirt. I'm surprised you could hear anything Biden said, or tried to say, over that 90 minute airhorn tantrum by the malignant and malicious ignorant orange buffoon.Yes, we have Uncle Joe. Far better than the racist slimey booger y'all picked out of your noses and flicked on the rest of us

Conservative

Why do you insist on calling Trump a racist? What has he done that is racist? What has he said that is racist?[blink]

Conservative

I think @john brown likes to see himself talk.

Eredmon

Thanks, Mr. Jaswa, for your reasoned forum.

Spock Here

I take it you are a "stand up and stand by" kind of guy, then?

john brown

last night tRump confirmed he is the president of his white nationalist racist base ... what a performance by the fool tRump... they should have drug tested tRump at the end, he is definitely doing some bad drugs 208,000 dead and counting

Conservative

More people die of the regular flu every year. Get out and enjoy life again, you'll understand then how much the libs are full of "calf spatter". (Man, I love that term!!!)

john brown

"calf spatter" a term only a person like "conservative", whatever that means anymore, would fall in love with

Spock Here

I regret to say I used the term here first (I do believe) to describe cultist's "spatter" Alas, another gem down the drain.....

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