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So beautifully said. We are better, safer, living up to the highest ideals of our founding fathers, when we are the "United" States of America. I hope all people who have suffered in this devastating hurricane, and all of the politicians who have tried to politicize everything, recognize what the federal government can do when we put aside red and blue labels and ideologies, and work with reason and fairness and honesty and compassion for the good of all Americans.

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Sep 30, 2022Liked by Steven Beschloss

That is one of your many fabulous essays. It should be on a huge sign in Florida, KY, and Mississippi, and only because those are the states which need that advice the most, imho. And at least Herr Governor can't blame on "the border." Ironically, the timing seems too coincidental. The migrants are safe and sound in Mass, while "the exporter" is literally drowning. Seems like Mother Nature's judgement (trial and sentencing) is swift.

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Motives can easily be misunderstood, but those that are impure are pretty clear on the face of it. Then are are mixed motives... truly a motive spectrum. Let it all be about the children that grow up in and inherit our nation.

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Sep 30, 2022Liked by Steven Beschloss

A picture of a MAGA standing in the hurricane holding a "F*ck Biden" flag is circulating on social media. An effort to identify him and make sure he gets no "socialist" money should be undertaken.

DeSantis voted against money for New England after a hurricane in 2013. Now he wants federal funds for Florida. And, after he gets it (because Biden is a good man) he'll go back to his MAGA lies about Democrats. I normally donate to the Red Cross after disasters, but I just can't this time.

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Sep 30, 2022Liked by Steven Beschloss

Man...fear, hate and pride is one helluva mix.

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Sep 30, 2022·edited Sep 30, 2022Liked by Steven Beschloss

Regarding the protestations of the “patriot” crowd: “No one lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.” - Friedrich Nietzsche. Be wary of those who cloak themselves in flags and point fingers at those less declarative than they.

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Living in Bradenton, FL, I was very fortunate, I did not lose electricity tho others did, and had I not looked out the window, the only knowledge of a storm was listening to the wind whistling "Stormy Weather." Keep in mind that Florida is somewhat unlike other southern states. Residents, winter visitors are from all states, Canadians, the UK, even former Russian countries. So there is a mixture of thoughts on governance. True Floridians, born, raised here (DeSantis one) still call it The War Between The States, slavery not the issue, and think the South will rise again.The blue givers and red takers makes me think of WW II and its aftermath. The US was most generous, compassionate with its Lend/Lease program, billions of dollars, mainly intended for Britain and the Soviet Union. Tho no return was expected after war ended, Britain made its last repayment in 2006. Russia repaid with some grain, minerals, and the Cold War.Thus, aid for Florida and Ian by a caring president who said he represents ALL of the people, but little care for Sandy by a trump protege. The old saying remains true: what is yours is mine, what's mine is my own. Perhaps you missed the few seconds of self interest when the gov stepped back to let someone else speak at news conference, his primary interest was how he presented as he looked at self in camera, adjusted his suit and shirt collar.

Hopefully, Proverbs had it right saying pride goeth before a fall.

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This was a man who didn’t want to extend help to fellow Americans in 2005 and 2012 when those in NOLA and the Northeast were affected by a hurricane cause Republicans are cruel and don’t care about others

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