"From my own part: I have never had a thought which I could not set down in words, with even more distinctness than that which I've conceived it..."  --Edgar Allen Poe.

If that description was good enough for Edgar Allen Poe, it's certainly good enough for me. It's also true, from my own part, that I do this for "Schitz and Giggles," but that's not the only reason that I do it. I also do it, because I can.

The Herald-Standard has an obvious progressive slant, playing to the leftist intelligentsia (a non-sequitur), but there is a degree of open-mindedness to the newspaper that I appreciate.

Granted, they might not agree with me (and I assure you the feelings are mutual), but at least they give you this opportunity to decide for yourself. That's a pretty big deal. Now if I could only talk them into 25 cents per word, then I'd really "mean business."

My trip is to write about the things no one else dares to without shrouding it in chicanery.

Mediocrity is for those other guys. They "play it safe" with ambiguity and will be remembered for nothing. Maybe that's good enough for them, "but it ain't good enough for me." I write what needs written.

Let's talk about a phenomenon that plagues contemporary society and everyone of us sees it. Of course I'm referring to one-sided political correctness. That "Beast" even slithered close to home at this year's Fayette County Fair.

Someone, on a quest to achieve victimhood, was offended because someone else has a sense of humor. She made an issue about a benign dartboard at the Fayette County Republican Party: exhibit, booth, table or whatever you want to call it.

She contacted the Herald-Standard, then probably: MSNBC, CNN, and God only knows?

However, she didn't get her fifteen minutes of fame, or even a three minute segment with Rachel Maddow or Don Lemon.

She did start a "Stuff" storm locally and managed to get a bunch of status quo "Reagan Republicans" to distance themselves from the Fayette County Republican Party. They: grovel, disavow and even apologize for something that they didn't do. I wonder if I'm ever late with my mortgage payment, I can get them to apologize for me (and pay any late fees)?

Don't these guys "get it?" The obvious reason Fayette County is "red," yet the majority of those locally elected are Democrats is that status quo Republicans kind of suck. Maybe they ought to "grow a set," get with the program and stop "rolling over" every time someone attacks them. There aren't enough: doctors, dentists and ePAs In the county to win elections.

Then the "R-word (racist)" got thrown into the mix, because pictures of "The Squad:" Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Talib, Jlham Omar and Ayanna Pressley, were put on that dartboard and they're all women of color?

Isn't that irrelevant? What is relevant is they're all wrong! Talib, in public statements, called the President of the United States a "Mother-efer." Omar, when talking about America's most serious attack by terrorists, minimized it by saying: "some people did something." The other two seem to only open their mouths to change feet, promoting some "Green New Deal" when we've finally became energy independent.

America is finally off its knees to OPEC and firmly standing on our own feet. These new members of congress want to knock us back down? Don't you wonder where their loyalties lie?

In their quest for political correctness, leftist-progressives have issued a license to themselves. They label all white Americans who disagree with them with the over and misused: "Rword." They've even segregated who can disagree with them to other people of color. That's unlikely, because they insist: black Americans have to think "black," brown Americans have to think "brown," female Americans have to think "female" and gay Americans have to think "gay." Leftist-progressives elitists have determined what that "thinking" should be.

Isn't that racist and bigoted? They ostracize: blacks, browns, females and gays, for daring to think pragmatically and conservative. They've even labeled the queen of white leftist progressives (Nancy Pelosi) with the "R-word."

They keep screaming about a fringe and minute white supremacy movement, while promoting the supremacy of segregated identity politics! They keep saying President Trump and the Republicans are creating the divisions in our country, but they got it backwards

They're so "thin-skinned" that they get offended by a sardonic joke at the county fair, yet harass and threaten conservatives at their homes, in restaurants and according to "her wig's too tight" Maxine Waters, at gas stations. What's these "Green New Dealers" doing at gas stations anyway? They ought to be at Lowes buying miles and miles of electrical extension cords.

This is the democracy promoted by the "new" Socialist-Democrat Party. Oh, you're given a choice, but there's one choice to choose from. "It's their way or the highway. "How'd that work out for: the Soviet Union, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, China, Hong Kong, North Korea, Soviet Block Eastern Europe and every other suicidal country? Let me give you a hint: "It didn't."

John Lucas is a resident of Vanderbilt.

(25) comments

WillnPA

John, this is a great article. One of your best.

Jl53

Thank you Ed. I knew you'd "get it (because you aren't an idiot)," but doubt the idiots will. They can't see their own faults, but love to point out the perceived faults of conservatives. They CLAIM to want to establish a dialog when it suits them, but extinguish any dialog when it doesn't. If that isn't hypocrisy, what is? Ah, but leftist-progressives mastered the art of "talkin' outta both sides of their mouth."

Missemma

I know the woman who in your words was on a "quest to achieve victimhood." Did you know the first group she contacted was the actual group responsible for the dartboard? Did you know she then contacted the Republican Party of Pa and then the fair? Do you know Bill and Linda Kozlovich (the two responsible for the dartboard) wanted to meet with her and she said yes.....they have yet to follow up with her. She was not on a quest for victimhood, but rather a quest for decency. She does not label those who disagree with her as racist but rather views it as an opportunity to engage is a civil discussion to understand opposing views. You, however, like the very people you bash in your article, have made gross assumptions based on your perceived political views of others you do not know. That not only makes you wrong John, but more importantly, a hypocrite. I believe it is you John who is on a quest to achieve victimhood....

Jl53

And I believe you're wrong! You promote "freedom FROM speech" under the guise of decency. The FACT that leftist-progressives confront and harass conservatives in restaurants, their homes and gas stations to silence them proves my point and makes your decency argument nonsensical. I would expect nothing else from you.

Missemma

I feel sorry for you John. You seem to have so much hatred and intolerance. There is a difference between freedom of speech an doing the right thing. You made this about politics to fit your narrative. You seem to profess that you know what the woman did and her motives. Let me ask you, do you know her? Have you ever met her? Has she ever harassed conservatives? You seem desperately to draw a correlation between what SHE did and what others have done. As for silencing them, I mentioned who she contacted first in hopes to talk to them. How is that silencing them? Do you know she never asked them or demanded that they take down that dartboard? She expressed her opinion, something you do via your editorials. How is she different than you in that regards?

Jl53

Emma, I made this about politics? It IS about politics. Haven't you been paying attention? Your arguments are pure sophistry. You're arguing about something else & I'm not sure what that is. The complainant was complaining about something, right? She contacted the people, she contacted the party, she contacted the fair, she contacted the newspaper. The moral high ground you keep claiming is totally undeserved. It is what it is & YOU keep trying to make it what it ain't. I'm flattered that you read my piece, but sorry you don't understand what the topic is. It doesn't fit YOUR narrative. So; as sophist do, you're changing the subject. I don't know the people involved? Lady, I don't have to. I can recognize what I'm looking at and you're playing outta your depth. When I wrote about "chicanery" I had YOU in mind and YOU prove my point. I'm intolerant? Your complaining friend PROVED her intolerance by whining. Now you attempt to justify whining. Your ilk screams about tolerance while being intolerant. Don't the mirrors in your house work?

Missemma

John: I have a challenge for you. PLEASE get to know the woman behind the dartboard. I only suggest this because you clearly used what SHE DID as a symbol of progressive leftists supposed hatred and hypocrisy towards conservative. You saw an opportunity to make an assumption about her motives and actions without probably even knowing her name or background or anything relevant about her. I suppose it's a lot easier, and seems to be the norm these days, to sit behind a computer and complain, be divisive, add fuel to the fire and make personal attacks and "digs" to those that don't adhere to your political ideologies. John, I challenge you instead of being part of the problem to be part of the solution and have meaningful dialogue. Thank you John for listening and have a great Labor Day.

Jl53

"Shirley, you're not serious?" -ha-Emma, I'm passing on your challenge. If I got to know every whining leftist-progressive identity politics bigot I'd be tempted to cut my own wrist. Don't you guys "get it?" You're promoting a one-sided sanitization of discourse & are so hypocritical you cross the border into the realm of the pathetic. One of us is a fool, and I know "yours truly" isn't. Lighten up Girl. We debated, Get over it. You lost. It is what it is and no amount of Orwellian New-speak will change it. You guys dare to defend "the squad" by whining about a dartboard? What's next Sharia Law. Dr. Adam Sedlock must be your psychologist. You've confused decency with insanity.

Missemma

I didn't lose - it is you that has lost John. I tried to civilly engage in a conversation, which you cannot or are unwilling to do, again, it's easy to be a big bad keyboard warrior instead of actually talking, listening and understanding. To do that that takes intelligence... It is sad that you appear to label everyone who may disagree with you as bigots or racists, oh the irony on that one. That says more about YOU John, then those that disagree with you. I will ask again, what is your point and goal of all your ramblings? As for debating, I'm going to guess that you never were on a debate team. You dodge any direct questions that I ask and always change the subject. You don't know the woman, yet make correlations on a national level. You make huge assumptions and clearly label all that disagree with you with childish names and ad hominem attacks. How am I promoting a one-sided sanitation of discourse? I asked if you knew the woman, you have yet to answer that. Not everyone who disagrees with you John is insane or wrong. Keep blowing your hot air John....you look foolish and are the problem instead of providing any solutions.

Jl53

Now, all of a sudden, you bigoted leftist-progressives are on a quest for decency. Why. Because some of us don't "break weak" when you guys start to whine

Missemma

You are such a sad individual. You don't even know the very people that you calling bigoted....Who is whining - YOU! You are the one that whines nonstop in rambling editorials complaining about this and that.....You're so close-minded that you can't stand that someone may have a difference of opinion. They didn't demand anything - just stated an opinion which resonated with so many who agreed with it. How is what she any different than what you do on a monthly basis with your letters to the editor? Dare I say it: you sound like a snowflake LOL. You offer ZERO solutions, probably cause you can't see beyond your hatred. You sit back and type away gas lighting and trying to divide an already divided country with assumptions and generalities. Keep whining John... your hypocrisy is unbelievable. I think you are jealous that this woman made a private post that went private yet you whine every month in your editorials and hardly anyone notices, let alone comments.....how's that working out for you? It now makes sense why you have been married three times......

Jl53

Stalking me in the archives? Are you for real? Your friend made her opinion known. I made mine known. What up with you? I can't have one? Hardly anyone noticed my pieces? You sure did. Who read it to you? What? The only people that can have an opinion are politically correct leftist-progressives? I'm dividing the country? Well, I've been keeping score & your critique is definitely in the minority! Besides, you must read my stuff. You know how many times I've been married. I wonder what your wife's name is? You're all bent outta shape because I don't care to know who the whiner at the Fair is. I'm not that "pressed for conversation." None the less, this had been fun. Forget about it, I have no inclination to take you to dinner this weekend. You'd start to harass me before the salad. I'm really sorry for you. You must be a twin. One person can't be that STUPID all by herself. Now that I got that off my chest, Emma this really has been fun and I extend my most heartfelt thanks to you for playing the game with me. I really did enjoy it. Hey and now I know for certain SOME leftist-progressives can read.

Missemma

Poor little John is complaining yet again - oh the irony. You are so sad John - you keep attacking me with personal pitiful personal attacks - that says a lot about you. Can't even stay on topic. You remind me of this quote since you can't seem to discuss anything: "Great minds, discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people."

Missemma

John, I'll ask again, what is your point with all of your editorials? Which do you enjoy more: complaining or do nothing about it?

Jl53

Here's the deal. The Herald-Standard is chock full of leftist-progressives. Just look at their columnists that own Sun & Mon. It's a one-sided forum. I balance it out. Granted, I'm outnumbered, but I can deal with that. What puzzles me is you. OK, ya called me this and that & I figured you got that off your chest, but now it's like some obsession. You aren't gonna convert me into being a leftist-progressive. I did that back in the early '70s. Back then I WAS the proverbial radical student. I knew all the rhetoric, so you & your ilk are nothing new to me. I subscribe to realpolitik while a Republican. If you only hear one side of the story that's propaganda. I provide the other side and ONLY ask the reader to draw their own conclusions. I DON'T tell people what to think, I suggest they think about it for themselves. It's a battle to win the hearts & minds of the readers. I write in Fayette-namese, because that's the vernacular of the readers. Regardless of whether they agree with me or not, THEY UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT I WRITE. There's no chicanery to it. It is what it is. I'm almost flattered that you're obsessed with me. What do you want? Dinner & a movie? Flowers? "We got 'the talkin' part' done."

Missemma

My goal in no way, shape or form to convert you, but there you go with you assumptions. When you feel opposed, you have either made assumptions or personal attacks. John you seem to be the very thing you hate - You only want to hear one side of the story. You have no interest in finding out why someone did or feels something or their intentions. You assume that you know everything. I get that you feel you need to provide a different perspective, I think that's need. I don't care if people don't agree with me, but I do think it's important to understand why someone feels the way they do. I see you John as a lonely person who is filled with so much anger and resentment (and I still think you are upset that you don't get much traction with your editorials besides yours truly). You have made up your mind that anyone that differs from you in a leftist-progressive and is the enemy.

Jl53

Can you guess what I see you as?

Missemma

Can you guess if I care?

Jl53

And that's exactly why I didn't take you up on that challenge to get to know the motivation of the whiner behind the dartboard complaints. FINALLY, you "get it."

Missemma

I get you made many assumptions to fit your narrative. I get that you are close-minded. I get that you complain non-stop. I get that you offer no solutions.

Jl53

That's the difference between the diagnosis and a cure. YOUR cure (one-sided politically correct decency at the expense of Constitutional guarantees and protections) is WORSE than the disease! The ONLY way you can recognize and address all these factors is to have someone (me) point them out to someone like you. If not, our Republic is finished and an over-governing Socialist State replaces it. If that's what YOU want, what does that say about you? You seem to be "into tyranny" so long as you're the one being tyrannical. That dog won't hunt. So, where do you want to go for dinner? I know some nice little places off the beaten trail, because the LAST thing I want is to be seen with you in public.

for what it's worth

Get over yourself, John. Your regurgitation of tired rhetoric is not really worth defending. Childish name calling, half baked comments, dubious conclusions and a total lack of critical thinking reveal you to be just another angry wannabe who has no solutions to your own nightmarish state of mind much less anything useful to society in general.

Jl53

One of us has been "puking rhetoric." Emma, wipe your chin.

Jl53

"Holy 'stuff,' there's another one now." Hey Emma, what were you saying about no traction? Imagine that? I hit a nerve. Well that's good. That proves you guys ain't all dead from the neck up. Numb is a whole different story.

Missemma

Exactly - he is nuts and delusional. I can see why he's been divorced three times.

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