The New Shame Of A Nation

March 30, 2019

Editor: In 1965, a book detailing poverty in America was published under the title: “The Shame of a Nation.” Some 54 years on, the phrase hauntingly comes back as one is subjected to the vile and classless comments emanating from the current president regarding the late and heroic John McCain. The endless abusive, demeaning, and fantastical statements that are generated from the occupant of the Oval Office shame, debase and embarrass all Americans — not just here at home but across the world. They are the new “Shame of a Nation.” The even greater shame is the kowtowing of those in his party who refuse to refute him since it allows them to attain elements of their political agenda. To these individuals the question is “What does it profit a man to gain the world and forfeit his soul?” President Trump has shown the he believes he is exalted by belittling others. Sadly for him he only belittles himself; Sadly for us he belittles all Americans. Echoing down the halls of history ring again the words of Joseph N. Welch: “I think I have never gauged your cruelty or your recklessness ... Have you no decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” Again the words of Mr. Welch arise “...your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me.” It is time that his party stops looking the other way, stops forgiving the daily transgressions and lack of civility, stops the tacit approval of the mean-spiritedness and the endless lies. It is time for those who claim to represent the American people (the majority of whom did not vote for then candidate Trump) to stand up and demand truth, demand that America is led with integrity, character and strength. Rather than falsehoods, name-calling and bullying. Peter Wolman SHAVERTOWN