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March 18
13:19 2020

We are all held accountable

To The Editor:

With the rise of the Far-Right and Radical-Right, we not only have been experiencing the growth of “Survival-of-the-Fittest” Social Darwinist ideology in today’s national Republican Party, featuring their desire to not only cut and reduce spending on all of the federal government social programs which help the middle and lower classes (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and college student loans), but we also get their growing cold-hearted desire to abolish all of them, which they try to keep a secret from the American people, as authors Jane Mayer and Nancy MacLean have well-documented by pointing out that they often use “stealth tactics,” which are a part of what can be referred to as today’s “Right-Wing Playbook of Bad Faith.”

And along with this, we also get what Alfred Hitchcock referred to as “Brutality With A Smile.”

An example of this was when presidential candidate Donald Trump, during a televised Republican debate, literally mocked, made fun of, insulted, disrespected, and humiliated candidate Carly Fiorina by shouting, “Look at that face!”

I still find it hard to believe that any human being could have been so cruel, sadistic, abusive and disrespectful as to humiliate another human being like that, especially a very accomplished woman who has lost a child due to drug addiction and who has had to experience having a double mastectomy. Ms. Fiorina has suffered greatly in life and did not deserve to be abused and publically humiliated like that.  

But ultimately we are all held accountable and will be held accountable for how we have treated others in life, and that includes a right-wing, serial spouse-cheater, and dirtbag like Donald Trump.

P.S. I am a retired college professor of sociology, social work, and psychology. I am proud to have taught at West Virginia University, Slippery Rock University, and Keuka College.

Stewart B. Epstein

Rochester, New York

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