In response to Jonathan A. Hayes’ last two submissions to the Gazette-Times: They both hit me directly in the head! In criticizing one action of our past president, Hayes chose to summarize his character as exuding the faculties of a low-rent peasant. In criticizing Hayes' one action, recent letters from Rebecca Stillwell and Eric Forsman chose to summarize his character as exuding the faculties of a racist ... but, judiciously, not a low-rent racist!

Hayes flunked their logic. He excoriated the "knee-jerk reaction" of liberals while still experiencing knee spasms from similar conduct. He should not expect ne plus ultra in oppositional sophistication when practicing ne minus infra techniques! Excuse the mild sarcasm.

Now the results of some mild research on Wikipedia, Brittanica and Google:

• In the Middle Ages European feudalism divided rent-paying peasants into three classes … tenant, serf or slave.

• By the 16th century such feudalism evolved into a special type of sharecropping lease where free farmers (yeomanry) paid rent with half of the harvest from the investor’s land.

• By 1870 the system known as sharecropping was extant in the United States and had come to dominate agriculture across the cotton-planting South. Newly freed, mostly-poor black families rented small land plots to work, while a portion of their crop would be used as rent payment to the landowner.

Numerous past presidents have owned slaves or land or both. How many have been low-rent peasants?

Name them all, it's an elementary question.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” (MLK)

Wayne Spletstoser

Shedd (Feb. 8)


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