Are you troubled?

By Jan Dolcater | Oct 12, 2017

Here we are in one of the most beautiful places on earth; however, there seems to be chaos, disorder and a lack of understanding boiling all around our beloved country and this leaves me deeply troubled. Before we examine the various elements that surround us, I have a confession to make. I am a white male southerner, Christian, conservative Republican, and as a result my concerns may not match with yours. However, I ask you to try to give genuine thought to my concerns.

Here we go:

*Lack of commitment to our creator, Almighty God. We should not overlook the pledge, "one nation under God." I hope that we will earnestly follow Him.

*Lack of understanding of the importance and relevance of the Constitution.

*Lack of understanding of the importance of wisdom and guidance offered in the Bible. Keep in mind the Word of God is never outdated.

*Lack of understanding of the history of our country and how over the years we have consistently corrected the errors and omissions of the past.

*The need to understand that there has never been in existence a country that has provided its citizens with our degree of freedom and opportunity. Unfortunately, far too many fail to understand with clarity the meaning and significance of our heritage. Protests and riots usually provide violence, looting and damage, both to individuals and property. Generally, they do nothing that is productive.

*The decline of our work ethic, as evidenced by the huge increase over the last decade of individuals on food stamps and other forms of welfare. In addition, the demand by many for additional numbers of able-bodied, childless adults to receive Medicaid.

*The huge increase of out-of-wedlock births.

In 1965, 3.1 percent of whites were born out of wedlock. Today it is 29.4 percent.

In 1965, 24 percent of blacks were born out of wedlock. Today it is 72 percent.

Without a father as provider, the family is in a struggle to stay out of poverty. In addition, without the needed guidance of a father, the path to an undisciplined life with crime is likely.

*Lack of understanding of debt by the individual, young family, and Baby Boomers as well.

*Lack of understanding of our national debt and its unsustainability. There has never been a nation that spent its way into prosperity. Without significant modifications, our out-of-control unfunded liabilities will overwhelm us.

*Unnecessary involvement in wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan (wars should be won and not prolonged without resolution) has not only increased our national debt significantly, but has cost our families incredible unnecessary loss of lives. I do not imply that we should not be resolute in recognizing the dangers of North Korea, Iran, Russia and China. These are immediate threats to our national security and must be dealt with using sound judgment and planning.

*Awareness and understanding of how individuals are led into or caught up using heroin, OxyContin, and other opioids. The combination of these perils now cause more deaths in our nation than automobile and truck crashes. It is difficult for me to understand that people do not know the dangers and the consequences that they must deal with from using these poisons.

*Both the media and many of both political parties are quick to find fault and criticize the other. President Trump, in the eyes of many on the left, never does anything right. This is a bit overboard, to say the least. Far too many on the far left fail to understand and recognize that a large number of people in this country are up to their ears with political correctness and how easily so many are offended about little or nothing. Count me in this category. Like it or not, that is one of the major reasons that Trump was elected, along with the need to drain the political swamp. More than 51 percent of our Congress from both sides of the aisle are millionaires living fat and happy lives free from the laws and regulations that the rest of us must live under.

Let’s face it, we have a boatload of problems and they need careful and thoughtful attention from both sides of the political aisle. Compromise recently has meant that Democrats get their way and that Republicans must yield. That must change and genuine compromise must be accomplished if we want to solve our problems.

Wherever you stand on various issues, please know that in spite of my background, I am not a racist, sexist, misogynist or homophobe. I wish freedom and prosperity for all people. This past week a friend of mine who is a Mainer, a lady from Switzerland, a young black man, and a Finnish man and I were in the sauna together at the Y. We exchanged ideas and the understanding of purpose for all people. I hope that you and yours are open to exercising the Golden Rule: do unto others the way you want them to do unto you. Who knows, maybe, just maybe, many of our problems may be solved for the good of all.

Comments (10)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Oct 22, 2017 12:50

Growing up in Christian family I was taught was looking for an answer go to the Bible.

Galatians 5:15New International Version (NIV)

15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
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Posted by: James M Thomas | Oct 21, 2017 21:08

Jan Dolcater offers unsupported, uncited opinions as "truth" while Ron offers documentation to support his opinions.  As expected, this eventually turns into a classic ad hominem attack on Ron.  You have to ask yourself, who has the problem with "political correctness" and who is the one drinking the kool aid?

Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Oct 19, 2017 13:15


Your level of stupidity is beyond understanding. Just cannot accept facts or reality, can you?. Have another sip of you Kool Aid

Remember forgive and forget but stupid is forever.  If the shoe fits, slip it on  No question in mind it will fit just right.and keep on trolling.

Jan Dolcater


Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 19, 2017 11:45

Jan, all you've proven is that Trump's feeble grasp on the truth has infected the entire right wing.  Maybe if you stopped getting all your "facts" from Fox news you'd have better insight to all your "problems."  I know any info outside of the conservative bubble won't change your view of things -especially if they're cut and paste from more informed sources- but here goes anyway.  (Try not to avert you eyes.)

1  Obama inherited most of the debt for which you blame him.  Bush's useless Iraqi war and his tax cuts for the rich all came due in the following administration.

"Cost of the Iraq War: $2.2 Trillion so far, $6 trillion by 2050. Reuters, March 2013

Bush tax cuts for the super-rich:  Over $2.5 trillion in lost revenue.  Citizens for Tax Justice, Sept. 2009"     (and this doesn't even count his un-financed prescription drug bill.)

Stark numbers, I know, but realistic to a fault and not something we should add another 2.4 trillion to.  And really, do you actually think the rich need more tax breaks, especially with all that debt.

"Total U.S. wealth increased by a stunning 60 percent since 2009, from $54 trillion to $86 trillion, but 3/4 of that massive increase went to the richest 10% of Americans. According to the New York Times, the wealthiest Americans have formed an “income defense industry” to shelter their riches, with, “a high-priced phalanx of lawyers, estate planners, lobbyists and anti-tax activists who exploit and defend a dizzying array of tax maneuvers, virtually none of them available to taxpayers of more modest means.” From 2003 to 2012 the average income tax rate paid by the richest 1% went down, while for the 99% it went up."

"The cost of the entire Safety Net is only about ONE-SIXTH of the $2.2 trillion in tax expenditures, tax underpayments, tax havens, and corporate nonpayment, the great majority of which went to the richest Americans."

So, really, do they need even more?  As for Trump's tax cuts for the rich, no they won't solve anything but only make the situation worse, far worse, but then I suspect that's what the right has in mind.

"Incredibly, the plan costs $2.4 trillion over 10 years, but leaves 47 million households ultimately paying higher taxes so that the wealthiest taxpayers can get huge tax cuts. In fact, a few groups of Americans may be hit especially hard. Based on the details provided so far, many seniors and blind Americans can already tell that this plan will mean higher taxes for them in particular, since the plan eliminates a longstanding deduction they can currently and exclusively claim."

And your typical conservative nonsense about relieving the tax "burden" on business doesn't wash historically either, Jan, as even the richest admit.

"The highest economic growth decade was the 1960s. Income tax rates were 90 percent…I mean, the idea that there’s some direct connection that all these innovators are on strike because tax rates are at 35 percent on corporations, that’s just such nonsense.'"  -Bill Gates

"Republicans aren't against a $15 minimum wage because they fear it will actually kill jobs.  They are terrified because they know it won't, and that will expose Republican economics for what it is: Bullshit."  Nick Hanauer, venture capitalist

And then there's this:  "The top 1 percent of the population receives 23.9 percent of tax-expenditure benefits -- more than eight times as much as the bottom fifth of the population, and nearly as much as the middle 60 percent of the population."

Sounds like the rich are already making out like bandits.  And that's exactly why we need to raise taxes on the rich, Jan.  Even Warren Buffet says that "the rich started a class war and now are winning it."  No truer words.  Surely they don't need any more economic, and therefore political, power to bend this country to their will.  We don't need an entire class of "Trumps" lording it over a more desperate and struggling working class.  Never mind a middle class.  There won't be one.

2) And I never said single parent families "strengthen" the family unit only that statistics show the family unit is strengthening all on its own.  And "91 percent of welfare benefits go to the elderly, the disabled, and working households. (not to able-bodied, working-age Americans who choose not to work. )"   It's not the picture you paint but then painting a false picture is what you do.  I suspect there will be more "elderly" on the rolls now that:

"Republicans are now taking away retirement accounts from millions of Americans in a new push to repeal a rule that President Obama put in place...  they voted 50 to 49 to “repeal a [Obama] rule that paved the way for states to create retirement plans for workers who don’t already have them through their jobs. The White House says that President Trump will sign the repeal...
Once strongly supported by Republicans this rule was fought by Wall Street."  (Hmmm, maybe that explains the rise in the Dow, Ya' think?)

3)  Work ethic has nothing to do with numbers, Jan.  That increase in food stamps simply points out that the working poor are getting squeezed even harder by the corporate state no matter how hard they work.  Your comment is revealing though for your own prejudices.  You think because people aren't making enough to live on that somehow it's all their fault for not "working" at all.  How typical of a conservative to always blame the victim and to despise those who have been screwed by the capitalist system.  I think you could use a lesson in what it means to actually work.

4) And political correctness has nothing to do with education except to show the truth where your "heritage" was basically a pack of lies.  It's telling that school boards in conservative states are trying to whitewash slavery and the true nature of the confederacy, as well as the native American genocide, out of history altogether.  This programmed ignorance only serves the political purposes of the right for whom ignorance of the electorate is a plus.  Why else would states like Louisiana cut 400 million out of education but to ensure the dumbing down of the voters.  Ignorance only serves the minions of Trumpism.

5) On this one I have to agree with you, much to your surprise, I'm sure.  The constitution should be taught -verbatim- and discussed.  No one benefits from getting their information about the structure of our government second hand, especially if it comes from Hannity and his ilk.  Trump himself could using some schooling on the first amendment and we could all benefit from re-reading the second, that bit about a "well regulated militia" can't mean every mentally deficient idiot should own an arsenal.

6) Sorry, Jan, but the Pharmco corporations have just bought and paid for a special dispensation from the Republican congress to get the DEA off their guilty backs.  

"In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets...  The chief advocate of the law that hobbled the DEA was Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican...  He and other members of Congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills. "

Does that not sound like they've been handcuffed by those greedy drug companies, Jan?  And where does personal responsibility come in when so many were addicted by doctor's orders when Pharmco's favorite opiod was prescribed for them and then cut off sending them into the Heroin dealers arms?  Of course we know that Republicans are addicted to money.  That explains Marino's actions.

7)On this one I couldn't agree more but it's unlikely that a ravenous ego like Trump will "back out" any time soon.  For a draft dodger he just loves playing the phony warrior, but then that's a conservative thing, too.

8)Oh really, Jan.  The " the Clinton involvement with Uranium 1" thing has been debunked numerous times no matter how often it comes out of Trump's mouth.  You really need to keep current.  And there was no cover up because there was no involvement.

As for Trump's collusion with Russia, the evidence has become overwhelming.  I mean, just how many Russian agents were in the hotel room with Donny jr.?  How many times did Sessions, Kushner, Flynn, etc. meet with Russian agents?  How much classified information did Trump blurt out in his meeting with the Russian ambassador?  How much laundered money from Russian was loaned to Trump because no one in this country would trust him?  How many Russian oligarchs are buying Trump condos in this country so that their pregnant wives can give birth to "anchor babies' in the US?  Good God it just goes on and on.  Even his own appointees can see it:

" Jon Huntsman, President Donald Trump’s pick for ambassador to Russia, said Tuesday...  There is no question—underline no question—that the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election last year, and Moscow continues to meddle in the democratic processes of our friends and allies,” said Mr. Huntsman, a former Utah governor and ambassador to China and Singapore.

"Our intelligence community assessment [about Russia] did cast doubt on the legitimacy of the eleciton."  -James Clapper, former Director of both the DIA and the DNI,

"What Mueller is uncovering is that the Russians were more directly involved with the Trump campaign than anyone realized. The Russians were not only trying to sabotage Clinton and assist Trump; they may have been cooperating with and funding the Trump campaign and the Republican Party. "

There's more, of course.  There's always more but I know how much you dislike cut and paste, especially if you disagree with the information.

9) Really, it's only been nine months?  It feels so much longer.  In any case you do realize don't you that we're still reaping the benefits of the Obama administration, that Trump's efforts (if I can call it that) probably won't have a real affect til next year.  I noticed that you didn't mention the unemployment figures;  too favorable to Obama, were they?  Sorry, Jan, but for some years now we've all known that because of globalization Wall Street doesn't really reflect Main street, especially with so many Wall street types find more profit by investing in the low wage countries like China, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Bangaledesh, and even Brazil.  Their profits show up on the big board but they don't really reflect the financial well being of this country only that our economic elite are doing well for themselves.  This may warm your heart but it does little for the struggling middle and working class of America.

Well, there you go.  You've made me ruin the whole morning trying to educate you about the reality you ignore.  Of course you're one of those that put your Satanic Majesty in the oval office and as one of his minions you're bound to stand pat with the Lord of lies no matter what nonsense issues forth out of his bottomless pit of a soul.  I hope you're good with that.

Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Oct 18, 2017 21:37

Poor Pathetic Ron,

Your alleged opinions are even weaker than your copy and pastings .

1) The primary reason that the national debt is in the situation it is that your pal Obama doubled it over what all previous presidents had just 8 years.The current proposed tax bill should reduce the deficit and not add to it. You have the same old tired mantra of its is for the benefit of the rich, which is a crock and you know it. I am curious why is it the Liberal Dems always want to raise taxes rather cut them. Jack Kennedy knew, but no Dem since understood this, when business both small and large have their tax burden reduced they prosper and add more jobs and the  economy grows and the work force.increases their wages

2) Apparently you believe the increase in single parent families strengthens the family unit, but in fact only welfare benefits increase  and at the same time more young men end up being incarerated.without leadership and discipline from the missing ekemint of a father,

3) Work ethic apparently is strong.per your opinion. However, in 2009 approximately 33,000,000 were on food stamps and in 2015 that numbered had swelled to 46,000,000 or an increase of 40%. Likewise the number on social secutiry disablilty in 2009 was 7,329,203 but increased to 8,909,360 in 2015 an increase of 22%. Looks as if more individuals were looking for welfare and not work.

4) A lack of the heritage of our country is being taught as it was just a few years ago and this is due to political correctness which is rampant in schools across the nation.. Many of our high school and some college graduates are basically blank on the history of our nation.

5) Most students today have very little understanding of the Constitution. This is also truel with many adults. Without a better understanding of this esteemed document our values are in jeopardy.

6) The DEA is not handcuffed on enforcing drug laws, but the lack of personal responsibility, the lack of control of our borders, particularly with Mexico, the greed of some drug companies and irresponsible doctors has all led to this disaster which is projected to take approximately 70,000 lives in 2017. This nightmare must be reigned all.

7) As I stated both political parties have their fingers in wasteful wars, whether it was Kennedy or Johnson in Vietnam, Bush or Obama in Iraq,,Afghanistan, and Syria, or Trump today all have not had the resolve to either win or get out and stop the waste of blood and treasure.

8) The most recent revalations of the Clinton involvement with Uranium 1 and the Obama cover up of this bombshell will provide genuine pivotal answers to corruption with Russia, while the alledged Trump/ Russia collusion fades into obscurity.

9) Lastly like most far left trolls they never have anything positive to say in regards to Trump or his agenda. However,I ask you to remember that on Nov. 7, 2016 after the election the Dow Jones average was $18,223,000 and today it is $23,154,000 or an increase of 27% in a liitle over 9 months. Both business and personal outlooks are positive with the exception of those like Copy and Paste.

10) Suggestion - it is time to take off the blinders and come around to reality.

Jan Dolcater, Rockport

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 17, 2017 15:12

No thoughts of my own, Jan?  Are your comprehension levels as bad as Trumps?  Well, what am I saying, of course they are.  Maybe you should try copying and pasting something besides your own weak narratives.  You might actually learn something by reading a different text.

Let's take it all point for point, shall we?

If our national debt if unsustainable than why are Trump and the Republicans ready to add more than two trillion dollars to it by giving the rich another tax break they don't need?  Just so that they can deprive more Americans of health care?  Really are they that callous? (Answer: Of course they are.)

And out of wedlock births do not add to a significant decline in strong families but only to a lack of faith in organized religion due, I'm sure, to the shameful displays of immorality among the leaders of those same religions.  Actually the trend is toward strong families.  Why else do you think Gays want to be married but to establish strong family ties.   

Work ethic?  It's strong than ever, when there's work to be had.  Americans work harder and longer than labor in any other country with the possible exception of the Japanese, and, of course, the wage-slave labor of China, so beloved by American capitalist exploiters like our current oval office occupant.  Of course this doesn't impress Republicans who recently "voted 50 to 49 to “repeal a [Obama] rule that paved the way for states to create retirement plans for workers who don’t already have them through their jobs. The White House says that President Trump will sign the repeal.”  Do you think that this kind of kick in the teeth from those who should care will actually strengthen the work ethic, Jan?  Or do you simply not care either, as I suspect.

As for our young people being ignorant of our history that also belongs at the feet of Republican governors who love cutting education funding and pretending that charter schools aren't simply an escape clause for the rich overclass.  After all, poverty and ignorance are favorite methods of the right wing to keep the working class in line.  How else to explain "right to work" laws that politically enfeeble the workers and create low paying zones for the corporate state.  What does your religion say about that?  I'll tell you.  "The bread of the needy is the life of the poor; whoever deprives them of it is a murderer. To take away a neighbor’s living is to commit murder; to deprive an employee of wages is to shed blood." - -- Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 34:24-27

Oh, and you might want to write your president about the "components of the constitution" since he seems particularly ignorant about that document.

Heroin and opiods?  Have you been paying attention to the news (not Faux News, mind you)?  If you had you would have noticed your Republican majority having just crippled the DEA in it's efforts to bring Big Pharma to heel for spreading those dangerous "prescription" drugs throughout our society.  Apparently all those Pharmco campaign funds weakened their resolve in the "war on Drugs."  

"Tom Marino, President Trump’s nominee to become the nation’s next drug czar... and other members of Congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills. "

So, what's the real "problem" there, Jan.  Drug abuse, or a major member of corporate America, with the help of Republicans, cashing in on the epidemic of our times.  Again, your side has a lot to answer for.

Oh, and un-necessary wars?  Didn't Trump himself rail against the waste of our never ending war in Afghanistan for years as a political gadfly?  But now he wants a win so badly he can't back out without looking more like a loser than he already is.  So, who's to blame there, Jan?

And last but not least your old favorite; belief in God.  You do realize don't you that in God we Trust is a very recent addition to our currency, as well as the pledge to the flag? And can you blame people for abandoning organized religion when they see hucksters like Joel Ornsteen, Jim Baker, and Pat Robertson enriching themselves off the gullible despite Christ's words that "money is the root of all evil."  What are they suppose to think when they see Farwell the younger slobbering over a creature like Trump and claiming his divine origins. (“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. "  Matthew 7:15)  How can anyone take the religious right seriously when they have been taken in so horribly by a liar, a cheat, a sexual predator, and a vindictive megalomaniac.

No Jan, God as our center point is not the answer, but rather centering on our people and their "common good," (a much older phrase in our national scripture.)  Treat human beings as though they mattered (black and otherwise) and God will be taken care of as well.  After all, he said as much, didn't he?  “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” [1 John 3:17 KJV]  

And here's a few problems that you missed, Jan, since you wanted this discussion and Trump has been busy creating new ones.  Are you alright with Trump giving the mentally ill the right to purchase firearms?  Do you think it was wise of him to allow toxic waste to be poured directly into our streams and rivers?  Do you believe, as Trump obviously does not, that economic advisors must consider the well being of their clients before anything else?  Do you think unfunding the subsidies for the AFC is wise when so many will lose coverage because of it?  

And do you actually think having a president who lies constantly (even to the Boy Scouts, for crying out loud) is doing anything positive for this country?  Do you believe in the overwhelming evidence of his collusion with Russia in subverting our elections or are you one of his mindless minions who refuse to even hear it?

Well, that's just a few ideas for you to mull over since you're so concerned with "problems."  I had a feeling you hadn't noticed some real ones that have developed recently.  But as I said before your problems and everyone else's are probably different.  You may be able to ignore Trump and the very real damage he's done -to very real people- but then your side has always been good at ignoring the problems of others.

Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Oct 17, 2017 11:55


Poor pathetic Ron, with no thoughts of his own. Perhaps you should consider changing your name to Copy & Paste, or maybe, No Opinions of Your Own with a Pompous Attitude.

Yes, I understand there is a changing society today, but does that mean no one should understand that our national debt is unsustainable or that out of wedlock births add to a significant  decline of strong families and more dependence on welfare. I suppose that for you, the decline in the work ethic is positive for that leads to more welfare and the lack of understanding of the history of our country by many of our young is another positive. Do you really think that most today understand the components of the Constitution ? Heroin and opiods are a major problem in Maine and throughout the nation, but you do not consider that a problem, do you?  I believe that costly and unnecessary involvement in wars that go on and on without resolution induced by both parties makes no sense. This is just a costly waste of our people and our treasure.

Lastly, my concerns about our nation drifting away from the believe in God is not in any a good thing. What do you think?  I can only guess? Remember on our currency it states very clearly In God We Trust. I believe that without God as our centerpoint and focus we will all be in big trouble.

Your response was weak, pitiful and vacuous, but that does not surprise me coming from a far left empty suit.

Jan Dolcater, Rockport

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 16, 2017 18:31

My reasoning, Jan, is not to be wasted on the likes of you. I have better things to do with my time.  If my "pastings" say what I think is important than that is valid enough for me.  Perhaps you would profit from concentrating on what they say rather than the method.  

And really, so many of the problems you state are simply problems for you.  They are signs of a changing society and the rest of us are dealing with them on a daily basis. Of course being a conservative I know that change is difficult for you to take but It's just a little hard to take your false piety and self-pitying cries and moans seriously when your part of the political spectrum is responsible for putting a malignant narcissist, pathological liar, and megalomaniac niilist in the oval office who is the antithesis of everything you claim to value.  His only purpose is to destroy.  The only thing he is interested in making "great" is himself.  He's not draining the swamp.  He IS the swamp.

If you ever meet that creator of yours you might want to get your explanation for supporting this monster ready.  And it better be good.

Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Oct 16, 2017 11:18


Have you no reasoning of your own? Can you only use pastings to try and state your opinions?

Lets face it, we have many problems that need attention and reasonable judgment from both sides of aisle to solve them. Many are noted in the column    Try and pay attention as difficult as it may be for you.

Jan Dolcater, Rockport

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Oct 12, 2017 18:33

You want to know where the "chaos" comes from, Jan?


"A Washington Post report published online Friday night first described how the intelligence community has reached a "consensus" that Russia intervened in the presidential election to help Trump win — not just try to sow chaos and undermine the electoral process. The New York Times confirmed the story, as has NBC News. "


"One man, whose arrogance and ego lead him trippingly into chaos of his own making, can turn a shining city on the hill into a shadowy, tawdry replica of itself.  Where once we had currency in the world, we are now left holding fool's gold.  And it will only get worse if those intent on making excuses continue saying that Trump and his extended family are new at this.  They know exactly what they're doing.  And so does the rest of the world."  -Patti Davis, daughter of Ronald Reagan

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