The Shape of Water: Grading the Movie by Arthur Cola

 

The Shape of Water

Grading the Movie by Arthur Cola

When I was a young boy, I was fascinated by two movies. One was “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and the other was “Creature from the Black Lagoon” and its sequel.

I choose to think that the Director and co-writer of The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro) must have seen the latter film and pays it homage in its opening segment when an Amphibian Man Creature (played by Doug Jones) is found in the Amazon and brought to a secret location in America similar to what happened in the Creature from the Black Lagoon films. That bow to a classic sci-fi flick being made, the similarity between the films ends, save for the developing relationship between the Amphibian Man and Elisa (played by Sally Hawkins), who is a cleaning crew member in the secret installation where the creature had been brought to be studied but more like to be experimented upon.

Guillermo sets his story in the early 1960’s. He places within its tale of star crossed lovers from literally different worlds and species all the most relevant hot topics of our 21st Century time. Elisa is a woman of little education due to her disabilities which is that she cannot speak. Beautifully and tenderly portrayed by Sally Hawkins, Elisa comes to care for the creature. He is chained in a water tank in the lab which she cleans each night. Her co-worker friend, Zelda, played by Octavia Spencer with such nuance and mastery that one believes you have been transported back to 1962. But then what can’t Octavia do when it comes to acting.

Now Elisa may be color blind and species blind but society in Maryland, where the story takes place is not. We are talking about a sad time in American history in which minorities due to color, sexual preference and disabilities are not woven into the fabric of southern culture of the day in particular. And Guillermo makes sure you are reminded of what’s going on in the time period in which this tale is set in a unique way. In various scenes, a TV show or news program is being shown in the background. Thus we see Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement, while in the story line we are introduced to Elisa’s non-workplace friend who is an older gay man fired from his job because he is gay. Giles played with touching sadness yet courage by Richard Jenkins is rejected as a person but also as an advertising artist and there’s no question as to why he is. So he escapes into the world of his art and old musical films (also seen as background TV programming). You will enjoy the selections Guillermo makes for those films for they counter the dark sinister life the main characters are leading as they struggle for acceptance and respect in the workplace as a woman or gay man, or a black woman standing up for her convictions. In my case it was the clip of Carmen Miranda with her fruit bowl hat singing a Latin tune. Now that is probably not politically correct by just stating that, but it’s so cool to see this little dynamo of a woman perform.

Enter into this developing tale of a lack luster life led by Elisa, Zelda and Giles the creature and the security man Richard Strickland played so evilly by Michael Shannon that you just want to jump out of your seat and smack him in the lower regions of his body of which he is so proud. Strickland terrorizes the creature to Elisa’s horror. She befriends the creature by feeding him eggs and is noticed by a sympathetic scientist Dr. Robert Hoffstetter who is convincingly played by Michael Sthulbarg (who also appears in another Oscar nominated movie: “Call me by your name” this year). This time he is a secret Russian agent who is a scientist in charge of studying the creature. Ah, you got it; our military is chasing down Russian spies who put a man in space before us and who are seeking to capture and destroy the creature before the Americans can benefit from whatever his unique power may or may not be. This time, a Russian connection is found.

So there you have it. Every possible hot topic from the Military Industrial Complex, to Russian spies, to people of color seeking equal footing, to people who are gay seeking acceptance, to people who are disabled seeking respect has been brought into play in this movie. And guess what, in about ten minutes you forget all about the obvious references being made and thrust into your face and are absorbed into a love story and of friendship. You are thrilled by the hunt for the spies and the rescue of the creature by Elisa, Zelda and Giles, who hide him in Elisa’s apartment in her bathtub with Hoffstetter’s help. You are rooting for them as they defy Strickland the Security Guy who will stop at nothing to gain his reputation back after failing to stop the rescue. You are touched by the friendship which Giles finally finds in the creature after being rejected so often, even by the Pie guy in the restaurant because of who he is. Your heart melts as the Creature and Elisa form a bond so strong that it becomes other worldly as love conquers all.

Guillermo del Toro, who directed as well as co-wrote and came up with the story line, is a genius who is able to place within this film all those important issues of the day while not offending or being preachy about them. This film deserves to be a top contender for the Best Picture Oscar and by all reports it has a good chance to receive it. Thus it really doesn’t need my grade of “A” at all, but it deserves an “A” for its masterful photographic effects, moving scenes of love, chase and friendship, its actors making you believe in its story of defiance, courage and love, and for breaking the mold of typical Sci-Fi films of yesterday or today by giving heart to the creature. That scene in which Elisa is given a voice and is not only transported into a black and white musical number, as seen in the old movies Giles watches, but also has her dancing not with Fred Astaire but with the Amphipian Man is spectacular and too short. But it serves to show how we can overcome strange surroundings, the differences in our humanity and overcome obstacles seemingly insurmountable. But in the end it is a love story and that makes one feel good.

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“Call Me By Your Name” movie review By Arthur Cola

BEFB52A3-C30C-4238-B6E4-63E192F01009“Call Me By Your Name”

Grading the Movie by Arthur Cola

Nominated for Best Picture of 2017, “Call Me By Your Name” is a coming of age story. Seventeen year old Elio (Played by Timothee Chalamet) lives with his father (Played by Michael Sthulbarg), who is a professor and his mother (played by Amira Casar), who operates a fruit orchard on the grounds of a house they recently inherited. The house happens to be in Northern Italy and the year is 1983. The film opens with a graduate student named Oliver (played by Armie Hammer) arriving to study under the Professor for the summer. From the moment Elio peers out the window to view the arrival sparks begin to fly. But not the kind that kindles love rather the kind that burns up a relationship. Elio finds himself attracted to Oliver yet at the same time finds the American to be arrogant. This aversion is masterfully played in a scene in which Oliver takes a water bottle out of Elio’s hand after playing volleyball with Elio’s friends and then darts away without so much as a “thank you” and then later touches Elio’s shoulder which makes the youth uncomfortable. But when Oliver passes a test on the etymology of the word “apricot” put forward by his father, one can see a change and that is when the sparks which fly become those of love.

Oliver, who is older by several years, cannot and will not discuss such an attraction with Elio. In another masterfully designed scene by Director Luca Guadagnino, the two are viewing a World War I monument but from opposite sides of it. Elio is trying to communicate to Oliver in a way he feels he cannot do with anyone else. An understanding of what the unnamed topic is develops by the time they walk into each other’s personal space. “You are making this difficult for me, we cannot talk about such things,” says Oliver. Yet talk they do and then comes forth the scenes which make this story so poignant and superbly magnificent. They are what elevates this film from a boy meets boy tale, they have sex and it’s all good, the end.

How Timothee and Armie reveal their characters and bring the audience into their lives is masterful. How they can manage to be so convincing in that transition into a loving relationship in a time period in which such unions are unspeakable at best is inexplicable. But do it, they do and this is why this film is worthy of its Oscar Nominations.

There’s been much talk of two scenes in particular. The first is that of Elio trying to control his sexual desire and failing with a peach as his prop. Not since Albert Finney in the movie “Tom Jones” has food been used in such a sensual manner.

Then there is the scene in which Elio’s father has what one may call a heart to heart talk about all that’s happened between his son and Oliver. If it doesn’t touch your heart, you aren’t human.

But here are a couple of others, which for me are even more worthy of mention. The first is when the two meet at midnight to express their love. Elio begins the rendezvous with nervousness as one might expect from someone who has gone after something with such fervor and then when having it in his grasp falls apart. The tenderness in which Oliver deals with Elio soon swings into a fully clothed scene of passion not seen since the movie “Brokeback Mountain.” It will have your heart thumping whether or not you are gay, for it’s not about that at that moment; it’s about an explosion of deeply felt emotions.

The next scene which deserves accolades occurs directly after the peach scene. Oliver finds Eilo stretched out in the attic on the mattress. The peach rests on the end table. He realizes that Elio has done something and then sees the peach. Elio protests when he grabs it off the table. At first it’s playful with Oliver holding the peach away from Elio. Then it’s a struggle as a tussle for it ensues. And then there’s a meltdown of Elio which breaks the heart once again as he lets out all his feelings and melts into Oliver’s arms. The range of emotions is absolutely stunningly accomplished by Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer.

Then there’s the scene early on in their budding relationship, in fact there is no connection at all as yet. Oliver lets a kiss be exchanged between them. Then realizing what they felt backs off. But Elio isn’t about to let that flicker of fire be doused. He grabs hold of Oliver’s junk and gently caresses between Oliver’s legs. How Armie Hammer could react as he does is beyond me. But it all works and develops the story.

There are so many other scenes in this film which range from Elio being angry with Oliver, who he thinks is seeing a girl on the side when they are already in a relationship, to Elio’s experimentation with a girlfriend, to their escape week-end in the mountains which are all well portrayed. But the coup de gras in this film is at its very end and becomes part of the ending credits.

Elio has just talked long distance with Oliver and sullenly goes to the fireplace. Watching this young actor’s character agonizing over his love for Oliver, his joy to have been with him and his devastation at their separation without ever speaking a word is amazingly portrayed. This is why he not only is deserving of the Best Actor Nomination, but also deserving of being awarded it.

And the Oscar should go to “Call me by your name,” but it probably won’t. They will have to settle for my awarding them a grade of “A” for outstanding film making and acting.
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“Darkest Hour” Then and Now, Arthur Cola

“Darkest Hour” Then and Now

By Arthur Cola

“Darkest Hour” is a film revolving around Winston Churchill at the beginning of World War II and how he came to be the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Britain) in its darkest hour. Hitler was running over most of Europe, nation after nation was falling before the Nazi armies as their tanks and air power laid waste to them and set its sights on France. Chamberlain, best remembered for giving away Czechoslovakia to Hitler, sits in Parliament a ruined man and yet the head of the governing party of the day. Everyone knows that he has to go but who is to replace him. Only one name was acceptable to the opposition party which was needed to form a government in a parliamentary system. That person was Winston Churchill. King George VI (Father of the current Queen Elizabeth II) knew he had to appoint a new Prime Minister to lead the nation at war with the Nazi regime which now threatened Britain itself should France fall and fall it would do within days of Churchill becoming Prime Minister. The problem was that no one liked Winston, as the King himself noted; he was a bit frightened by him for he, like the politicians of the day never knew what would come from Churchill’s mouth. Remember this is before tweets, Facebook and computers, but non-the-less coverage was boundless in print and radio broadcasts. Chamberlain worked with the would-be Prime Minister (Halifax) to undermine Churchill and force him out of office from the very beginning of his appointment. Chamberlain in league with Halifax and party leaders sought to find a reason to cause a vote of no confidence and thus force Churchill out of office. They still sought ways to appease Hitler and bring a negotiated peace between Germany and Britain. Churchill seeing his allies, one by one mowed down and the British troops being forced into the sea at Dunkirk, had another vision. And that view was clarified, not by politicians, but by fellow citizens on a subway ride. Churchill saw Britain fighting on land, air and sea and in the streets, if necessary, to maintain Britain’s independence from becoming a puppet state of the Nazis. Days passed, Churchill called for private boat owners to help rescue the troops from Dunkirk. He was opposed by almost everyone in the War Cabinet and yet he persevered. Then on a night visit by the King everything would change. George VI began to see what Churchill saw as he stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London. Plans were being made for the King and his family to be sent to Canada for safety. The King had a choice to make, leave the United Kingdom for safety overseas, or stay and face certain invasion by Hitler’s forces. On that unannounced visit the King sat with Churchill on his bed, not a throne, not on a seat in Parliament but in Churchill’s home. “I support you Winston,” the King said quietly. And with that the western hemisphere would be ultimately saved by a disliked, abrupt and outspoken man who with blood, sweat and tears would lead the nation and its allies on a path to Victory. In that now famous speech in Parliament, Chamberlain himself would come to support Churchill’s vision for Victory.

Today, our nation faces a threat which Churchill and King George VI could never have imagined and yet it’s quite similar in many ways. There are evil forces who seek to destroy Western Civilization as we know it, to wipe Israel off the map, to flood our nation with home grown terrorists, to indoctrinate our young with lies and wistful thoughts of how better it would be under their leadership. There are good people who seek to give up our traditional American identity of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness for all citizens of our land with a grand global identity which sees America as a non-leader but just one of the guys, so to speak. And into this chaos is thrust a leader, who is disliked by many, abrupt in speech and with no proven record on the global stage save that of being an international businessman who was quite successful. Oh my God…he is not likening President Trump to Winston Churchill, the icon of courage and strength during the world’s darkest hours…you may be asking yourself at this point. And you may be somewhat correct. I am but drawing an analysis between history past and present and how there are similarities between the leadership qualities of the two men living in very different times. It seems that all odds are working against Trump, the entertainment world is mercilessly destroying him no matter what the agenda item might be, the press, according to a Harvard study, has reported on Trump negatively 90% of the time. Trump’s own party leadership undermined him until recently. But like those people on the Subway with Churchill, the ordinary people of America gave him a chance to speak up for America and our values which serve as a beacon of Hope to the world community. The ordinary people of Iran see it and are protesting against a regime, which like Hitler’s regime, seeks to destroy rather than build, and they want an end to it. They want the Shah back to bring stability and make them a valued member of the world community once again. Yet the world maintains a Chamberlain attitude of appeasement of wait and see, rather than helping the people to have their voice heard. The same could be said about North Korea and right here at home regarding the new Tax law, infrastructure bill, health plans, trade agreements, immigration reform (DACA and the Wall), homeland security, worldwide terrorism and so forth.

Perhaps, like Britain during World War II, we need an outspoken leader who will do anything to save our nation from being destroyed from without or within. Indeed when Churchill spoke with passion, his oratory could be more likened to Obama’s soaring Hope and Change rhetoric rather than Trump’s tweets. But the point is not about delivery of orations, it’s about protecting the United States of America and our allies. We have seen in history past and recent history what words alone can do with no action behind them. Wouldn’t it be grand if, as in that emotional scene in “Darkest Hours” when the opposition and Churchill’s own party stood behind him, that Chuck Schumer, along with McConnell and Ryan could cheer together for a shared vision to bring opportunity, security and patriotism to all in our land.

I encourage all to go to the movies and see “Darkest Hour.” Just maybe, you might see and hear what I did in this film about an outspoken and disliked leader who came into his own when the weight of the world was thrust upon him.

 

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The Greatest Showman gives a voice to all. By Arthur Cola

 

 

On this last day of 2017; I would like to share an idea which popped into my head after we saw the movie “The Greatest Showman” last night. The musical story is about P.T.Barnum of circus fame and how it all began. Hugh Jackman was outstanding as Barnum. And it was great to see Zac Efron return to his musical roots. His role as Barnum’s partner was his best in a very long time. Zendeya showed her talent superbly as did Michelle Williams. But what caught my attention besides the fantastic musical production numbers , was a statement made by the newspaper reporter character. In a moving scene when Barnum seemed to have lost everything he said that the circus shows were a “celebration of humanity.” And indeed that’s what this movie is all about. Barnum in the mid-1800’s brought to the stage people of different colors, forms, sizes, disabilities and talents. He gave the voiceless a voice at a time in history when such people had none. Today we have many who until the 2016 election had no voice. Now whatever your politicsl preferences the reality is that those without a voice like those serving in the military, working in agricultural jobs or mining jobs, living in destitute rural areas, struggling to be recognized for their abilities despite their Backgrounds and Christian religious beliefs now have a voice along with those, who in this film, have gained strongly in recent history. In 2018 May all voices be heard without prejudice and disparity, no matter if you’re a boy wanting to be a boy or a girl desiring to be all she can be or a person of faith no matter what that faith may be or a family trying to pass on traditions and opportunities to their children or a person of color or lack of color, or one who looks different, loves differently seeks to come out or conceal emotions, and certainly those who seek to be patriots. If this extravaganza of musical delight can teach us anything it’s that we must conquer hate and spread love and tolerance. And to be honest, perhaps I feel close to this film because the characters of P.T. Barnum and Jenny Lind appear in my Doonagore Theft Trilogy which is a tale of acceptance and love.

Happy New Year; All the best in 2018.

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Columbus Day by Arthur Cola

Tomorrow our nation celebrates Columbus Day. For those of us of Italian heritage this is particularly significant as he was an Italian who sought to find a new route to Asia by sailing west thus proving that the world was round. He instead founded an entirely new land which he claimed for King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain who had financed his expedition. When he landed on a variety of islands including those of the Bahamas, Cuba, and what is the island hosting present day Haiti and Dominican Republic, he met what he called their “Inhabitants.” He described them not by color but by demeanor and bodily capabilities which he noted were not unlike those who came with him. He noted that they did not have arms and were fearful of them and that they were liberal in their acceptance of them once their fears were calmed. he thought they would become Christians and come to love the King of Spain and “all its people.”
As radical leftists seek to rewrite our history and destroy all references to it in monuments erected, let us recall some simple reasons why we honor such people. First of all, we must remember that Columbus was a 15th century person. Judging people of that day through 21st century eyes and reason is hardly fair or appropriate. Showing how people have evolved to better understand people of various cultures and native heritage is most appropriate to be sure. Prejudicing students against valiant explorers, patriots and so forth serve little to help them understand how humanity is constantly evolving to be more accepting, open and tolerant. This unfortunately is not happening as I can point out that my own grandson is being told in class how awful a man Columbus was. This brings me to the second point. Columbus was not a bad man. He was a man of strong faith and conviction. He thought converting native inhabitants and bringing them to love his King was his duty. He traded with the populations he found, true but with the hope of bringing them to accept his people coming to their land. He even was placed into prison back in Spain after later voyages because of his more humane treatment of the inhabitants and lack of political skills to combat others of his people who would abuse and take advantage of a more primitive people. Columbus in his own writings depict native inhabitants as honest and liberal in their sharing with his people. Certainly he made mistakes, show me a leader who has not. And that brings me to my final point. We humans are not perfect then or in our own time, though some would have students believe that a certain point of view is perfect. Columbus was not perfect in the 21st century sense or 15th century reality. But he was courageous, he tried to bring what he deemed a superior civilization to the lands he found with as much honesty as was possible in his time. He wanted to bring wealth to his King and nation of Spain, that is true. But he did so not out of hate for the people he found but out of duty to repay his monarchs who supported his voyages despite ridicule of very powerful people of his day. We honor him for finding a new land not for what resulted from that discovery. We erected statues to his memory not because he was perfect in his administration of those new lands and handling of its native peoples but because he proved to the world of his day that his premise of the earth being round, that a new land existed between Europe and the East existed and that the science of his day was in error. And one more thing; he had a deep faith in God and his Church. Today people of faith are mocked and ridiculed for certain beliefs. which I as a Christian may not hold valid (i.e. disrespecting people because of their faith, sexual orientation, view of the world) but I respect religious convictions and moral values which uphold life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And so I think would Columbus were he allowed to freely express his personal views honestly without Viceroys and governments judging his every motive. This I state as a history teacher of many decades and one who professes that we learn from our mistakes made since the founding of civilization on the banks of the Tigris River and far off lands in what is now Asia.

You may not agree with how Columbus viewed the world he discovered or certainly how he governed it. Certainly I do not approve nor support any view of how the native peoples were eventually treated by the newcomers to the New World. But that is not why I march in a Columbus day parade. I do so out of pride for an ancestral countryman of an ancient people who believed in a loving God and used the science of his day to prove to the known world that his view of the earth was correct and in doing so gave the people of the western world the opportunity to settle in a new world to them. It is our duty now to work within our belief systems to right the wrongs of centuries past and make sure that no people are mistreated because they are different, not as developed as we in prosperous and technologically advanced lands, or not as sophisticated in their understanding of a divine being as we view God to be.

Happy Columbus Day.

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NFL Protests vs National Unity

In our nation filled with hate over who won the Presidential election we once found a place of common ground on which we could forget our differences and unite in our love of the game and the vision of what our nation symbolizes. No greater symbol of our common bond and our nationhood can be found than our Flag and National anthem and an exciting football game between our favorite team and greatest rival. When the flag is presented thousands rise to their feet and then as the anthem is played and/or sung our hands are lifted to cover our hearts. Then at it’s conclusion a roar of approval fills the stadium. The cheers are for our nation and what it symbolizes despite that we are flawed. Then the fun begins as we cheer, jeer and yell for our team. Then win or lose we return to reality and to our respective lives in a divided nation. For a few hours we had escaped that reality and became recharged to face the real world once again.

This scenario began to change when under the former President’s administration a wealthy football player took a knee during the Flag presentation and singing of the anthem. Outrage ensued as he cited that he could not support a nation in which injustice exists towards people of his race by the police. Soon other players began to take such postures and still no response from President Obama. All over the media the first amendment right to such free speech was proclaimed thus justifying what most Americans held as sacred hands off symbols of our values based on those statements in our founding documents. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, that all men are created equal and that these rights are God given and inalienable.
The protests grew and the common ground where we of different views and vision of “we the people” began to shake and crack. Outrage towards these acts of sitting or kneeling during the anthem grew until the new President (Trump) who promised to speak on behalf of the millions who had no voice or platform from which to present their opinions, spoke out at a political rally. Using words, which many of us would prefer to have been different, while still presenting the core value that it is disrespectful  and outrageous to use our national symbols for political purposes or grandstanding he plainly told his audience and thus the nation what he thought and what millions who have no voice also thought. That is athletes who play on a national team are more than mere players. They represent the possibilities available to all Americans for success. Yet instead of being proud of their nation these players, their managers and owners because of their hate for the President chose to expand the protests during the Flag presentation and anthem segment before their games. Now they try to legitimize their acts saying it’s a racial issue when the president has  made it clear that it’s a matter of respect not race. Yet the nation only hears and sees the images of kneeling or sitting and words which speak of solidarity and a call to lock arms during the anthem.
My question is exactly what are we uniting for? I present that it’s no more than a protest against the President. I call for all Americans to stand strong shoulder to shoulder with hands over their hearts to show honor and respect for our nation; a land where those on that field found opportunity to rise from inner city slums, find careers after service to their nation, use their skills to bring joy and excitement to millions and use taxpayer money in many cases to build those stadiums on that sacred common ground now cracked. Now canyons separating “we the people” from rejoicing together, working together and creating a dialogue on real issues of justice, peace, equality, economic opportunities, health care, and tax reform for the middle class (of which most players, managers and certainly owners can no longer relate to).
The greatest sign of Unity is our American flag and our national anthem. Come to their rescue and return us to honor of them on the sacred common ground of sports. Then just maybe we may continue this journey of American democracy with civility and respect even for those for whom we didn’t vote.

Arthur Colaianni

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Dissent amongst the GOP on Health Care

Below is my view on GOP Senators who don’t support the Senate Health Care Bill.

Dear Sen. Johnson;
I am disappointed to read that you are one of four Republicans who is not supporting the Senate health care bill. Whether or not your concerns are valid, it plays right into the hands of the Democrats and radicals who are out to destroy anything on the Trump agenda which is the American People’s agenda when it comes right down to it.

When one lives in a nation of over 350 million people of whom half are considered low middle class and of those many are what we call the working poor, how does one not see that programs like Medicaid are essential. If it was up to me I would have scrapped the entire Obamacare system and simply left a free insurance system in which the American people who can afford to may choose their provider across state lines. Then those who could not afford a health plan or are infirm or out of work would have their health care needs provided for through an assistance program similar to the VA system perhaps. But it’s too late to address the core issue of the Obamacare program and that is helping those who have not achieved the American Dream get insured, but if those who are retired, infirm or economically deprived can’t afford a health plan or if it’s deductibles are too high then what good is it. They will need to get subsidized and thus a tax would be needed to support the subsidy (Obamacare) so why not just have a Government sponsored program administered through the states which helps struggling people get the health care they may need. Why not have health care systems set aside funds to support the care of those who come for health care who cannot afford to pay the entire cost of the service? Such a fund with government grants would address the issue which is now a politically hot topic.

But it’s too late for such a program, we already have something, though falling apart, which does some of that. And that is the genius of Obamacare. Now that we have, though imperfect and non-sustainable, a program to help the disadvantaged anything the GOP does to alter it will seem to say that they are heartless politicians who would see Grandma thrown off a cliff or the poor die in the gutter of our inner city streets. Obama, honed his political skills in the tough town of Chicago. That’s why the Dems under Pelosi said that we could learn about the original Obamacare bill after it was passed. Get the bill made into law and then America is stuck with it, simply genius. And yet the GOP aren’t allowed even the slightest similar approach before it is decried as being secretive and non-transparent. So the GOP publishes an imperfect bill and instead of looking for the good in it and looking to the reconciliation process to refine it, four Senators put the “stop” on it before it has a chance to reach the floor of the Senate. Once again the Dems win even though they continue to lose Congressional races. Once again President Trump loses as he fights to save his administration from an unprecedented onslaught which even now attacks his family. Hollywood and the east and west coast elites may not be able to buy an election but they do know how to keep themselves in the spotlight positively and destroy the credibility of any plan the GOP offers to the American people.

If there is any hope that the Affordable Health Care Act can be repealed and replaced then it must be through a unified approach among the Republicans. The four Senators, the Freedom Caucus and other such members of Congress who oppose before offering a viable alternative plan destroys that hope to create for the American people a bright future with better health care opportunities, simpler and lower tax rates, a booming economy and a safe and more peaceful nation.

I urge all Republicans to put aside their narrow visions for what is best, their grudges against the nontraditional President, and reach beyond their local base so that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness might be viable goals for all our people.

Wishing you every success, I remain sincerely yours;
Arthur Colaianni (Burlington,WI)
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Papa and the Leprechaun King
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