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Americans emerged from the election even more divided than before. Both Democrats and Republicans claim that the other side does not have the right program. Both of them might be correct.

In his first speech as a president-elect, Joe Biden promised to seek compromises with political opponents. But how good could any compromise be when our experience so far shows that neither side has ideas that could withstand the other side’s critique? Many Americans seem to lose hope that things could ever get better. Political writers often mention the term “dystopia”; I wrote a polemic with one of them. On Medium, articles claiming that it is bad and it will get worse have high rankings. Hopelessness radiates from the readers’ comments. …


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I have noticed headlines stating Biden still leads the presidential race. Behind titles like that, one can sense a fear that in the last weeks before Election Day, recovered from COVID-19, Trump again will pull some magic and win. In reference to the famous Access Hollywood tapes released in October 2016, a few weeks before the previous presidential election, I call it the October surprise syndrome. For a prudent person, it was obvious to foresee that video as the end of the political career of Donald J. Trump. How could such a vulgar man bragging about groping women — which is disgusting, immoral, and illegal — ever be elected president? …


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For many who know me socially, I am the one who devours a lot. At parties, I am the one picking giant steaks, double burgers, and repeats on desserts. I have never cared about any specific diet. I eat what I like when I feel like it, and as much as I please. A close family member, who is an authority on nutrition and weight loss, recently commented that I have very healthy eating routines. How is that possible?

I am sharing my lifestyle practices because they seem to work for me. Due to a minor disability, I never was attracted to sports. I do not exercise regularly. I am 5-foot-8, and my weight stays stable at around 156 pounds, which, according to experts, is a healthy weight for my body type. During the holiday feasts, for a few days, it jumps close to 160 pounds, but I feel most comfortable when it is about 154. I reached the age of 68 with no ongoing, severe health problems. Physically and mentally, I still feel the same as when I was in my 20s. …


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The New York Times got a lot of heat after it published online on June 3, 2020, a column by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton. For those who are not in tune, The New York Times has a strong liberal leaning. If it writes about President Trump, a columnist may call him “ mad and decomposing.” Senator Cotton is one of the ardent supporters of President Trump who often confer with the president and who, rumor has it, is considering running for the top office in 2024.

One may say that there is nothing special about an influential politician writing a column for that major newspaper. …


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Five years ago, Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign. When it became obvious that he was serious, in August of 2015, I challenged his concept of the immigration policy. I agree with those who assess that his hard anti-immigration standing paved for him the road to White House. Nothing changed since then. If Americans will not know how bad our current immigration policy is, President Trump will likely be reelected. My article, below, is as timely today as it was five years ago. HAK

Dear Mr. Trump, I challenge you to a duel over arguments about immigration. I am throwing the gauntlet at you because none of your competitors in the presidential race ever will. Jeb Bush co-authored a book about our immigration crisis. He acknowledged that the system is dysfunctional, but he did not dare to draw the only logical conclusion from the facts that he presented: that our immigration crisis has been caused not by foreigners but by our nonsensical immigration policy. Marco Rubio was in the group of eight trying a rational approach, but they also lacked the courage to confront the problem head-on and produced a convoluted proposal that Rube Goldberg would be proud of. A few years ago, Scott Walker talked reasonably about our immigration problems. …


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In his syndicated column, Dennis Prager claims that we are amid a dress rehearsal for a police state. He alleges that the coronavirus related rules limiting our abilities to conduct our lives as usual are Draconian. He is concerned that mass media are “ supportive of the state’s messaging and deprivation of rights.” He is alarmed that “ police departments throughout America have agreed to enforce these laws and edicts with what can only be described as frightening alacrity.”

Citizens who report infractions of coronavirus separation rules, according to Dennis Prager, are snitches. He compares them to the political informers for the Stasi, the secret police in the former East Germany, known for its extensive network of moles. …

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Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Many tell us what we should think. I write to encourage my readers to think for themselves. I write to ask you to inquire. Question me. Have fun.

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