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Greg Maresca | Remnant Columnist

Military recruiting from the enlisted ranks to the service academies are down and so is retention. Such problems are a self-inflicted wound that need not be. Moreover, an annual poll by the Reagan Institute revealed 45% of Americans have a “great deal” of confidence in the armed forces – down 25% in just three years.

It was a first-degree miscarriage of justice that could be straight out of 1917 Bolshevik Russia or 1930s Nazi Germany. Rather, this most newsworthy story in late September 2022 from suburban Bucks County, Pennsylvania received modest national coverage.

Before venturing deeper into the November midterm election and its many issues, the news’ ledger had plenty of contrasts that may have been overlooked, ignored, or simply dismissed. The good news for Democrats is despite Queen Elizabeth’s death, it won’t prohibit her from voting in November.

Provided this tyranny suits you, keep voting Democrat.

After several months of great anticipation, President Biden pulled the trigger cancelling up to $20,000 of college debt for nearly 40 million Americans worth $330 billion – conveniently before the November midterm election. Biden is also extending loan forbearance for another four months even as unemployment among college graduates is at two percent. 

Like 48 years ago, it was a hot August day when another unprecedented historical unintended consequence entered the American chronicle when President Richard Nixon resigned his office. Being a paperboy and a two-sewer stickballer, I took time out of my summer vacation to watch the proceedings on network television.

Less than two months ago, the Supreme Court overturned its most egregious ruling in Roe v. Wade, placing the issue of abortion with each state legislature.

Democrats had not been this incensed since President Lincoln freed their slaves and the public schools were desegregated. Their rage spilled over to a volunteer pregnancy center in Oregon that was firebombed and defaced with graffiti declaring: “If abortions aren’t safe, then neither are you.” Other pregnancy sanctuaries in Wisconsin. New York and Illinois were targets, too.

When crafting legislation, the first crucial step is to title the bill in a way that is agreeable to most. This legislative scheming was on display recently when Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin renamed the failed Build Back Better Act to the more pleasant-sounding, but untrue: Inflation Reduction Act.

Such political conjuring was at work again when all Democrats in the House joined by 47 Republicans passed: The Respect for Marriage Act. Who wants to vigorously argue against such a longstanding institution like marriage in a bill that is so ambiguously titled?

There is plenty to say about brevity, but that would defeat the purpose.  Neither time nor space affords me the opportunity to opine on the many headlines, stories, and political twists that comprise an average news day – let alone an entire week.  With that in mind, let’s clear the ledger.      

“Things That Make You Go Hmmm” was a hit song by the group C+C Music Factory released over 30-years ago and adopted by The Arsenio Hall Show where certain lines in Hall’s opening monologue prompted you to think and consider.

In that spirit, breakout the cue cards…