Letters: Winning at any cost!?

This is going to be a difficult one for me. It’s easy to have thoughts, but not so easy to express those thoughts in words.


You could say, in my retirement, that I watch too much news. I could be too informed, too misinformed, too led, not led enough, or just too dumb for my own good. I channel-surf the news. Why? Because I remember our fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Short, saying, “Don’t believe anything you read, and only half of what you see.” She was telling us to be skeptical, or we could be seriously misled.


To the point — what a mess we have in the world and our country. In Ukraine, we have the start of World War III.

You and I may not want to believe this, but the truth is not always what we want to believe.


Any time the leader of a country has the power, to surround himself with followers who cannot tell him or even suggest that he has gone too far with his agenda, you have a leader that is out of control. Win at any cost! Cases in history tell us this always hurts others, including the people of that country.


A quick internet search for “evil men of history” reveals the millions and 10s of millions that died because evil men with power, who are out of control, unregulated and unstopped, cause catastrophic loss of life and conflict. A short list from history includes Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Mao Zedong, Saddam Hussein, and on, and on. When one of Napoleon’s generals told him a campaign would cost 100,000 men, he was recorded to say, “What’s 100,000 men to me?” Win at any cost.


Russia’s Putin will be recorded with the men in the list above. He not only wants Ukraine; he also wants part of Europe. He is willing to use his own young men as cannon fodder to accomplish his agenda. Ukrainians, to him, are just trash to be burned out and left dead, on the way to other countries. Win at any cost! If we don’t see this, we are not watching enough of the news, all networks.


The above is sort of the prologue to what I really must say.


My internet search says Edmond Burke was not the author of “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Someone else said it, and it’s true — but not complete.


It should read, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do not enough.” This not enough starts with the leaders of the free world, including our president. He is not our president, because he is not our leader. He is an elected figurehead, helped into power by his party to win at any cost! He is not running the office of the president. Others, behind the scenes, are pulling his strings. He is a puppet doing what they tell him to do and say. Anyone who doesn’t see this is purposely not seeing this, or they are not friends with the truth.


I’ve said in this paper before, I am not a Trump fan. So, don’t pin that on me. Trump lost the election because he has no political wisdom, and because of the lies from the liberal media. These are truths that keep unfolding.


Because the president’s party is afraid that getting more involved in Ukraine will cause them (their party) to be blamed for WWIII, they held him back from helping Ukraine earlier. Worse, maybe, he doesn’t even realize what they are doing with him. The world saw Putin staging for a war. Our president’s party established no red lines! Shame, shame, shame!


The United States is failing in respect of the free nations, and our current leadership is at fault. Both parties.


A last thought here: The progressives’ agenda is a utopia that makes everyone happy and free to do anything that feels good, no responsibility — even for themselves. A thought that came to me a few years back is, “Responsibility, without accountability, is NO responsibility at all.” We see the effects of no accountability in liberally managed cities that have run-away crime, and in the invasion at our southern border. Persons in power are not holding themselves responsible, or accountable.


Who really wants to be party to that? A “win at any cost?”


More darkness is coming before the light.


— Jon Barsotti,


Madera