Letters To The Editor 11/27/2018
Restore nation’s greatness
Editor: While President Donald Trump professes to make America great as he constantly attacks our free press, insults and alienates us from our oldest and most trusted allies while complimenting and cozying up to dictators like Russia’s Vladimir Putin, our standing in the world crumbles.
We have become the laughingstock of the world because we have a crude, self-serving, narcissistic, ignorant, lying buffoon running our country. He is running it into the ground and no one has done anything to stop it. If Trump was a Democrat, the Republican Congress would have impeached him months ago and rid us of this malignancy.
Has there ever been a president who needed so many lawyers? Before quitting, former Trump lawyer John Dowd said Trump is unable “to tell the truth.” So, Trump blatantly lies to us on a daily basis while complicit Republicans endorse him and the GOP propaganda machine known as Fox News presents his lies as truth.
There have been at least 307 mass shootings in 2018 and more last year. The Republican Congress, paid for by the Russian-backed National Rifle Association, has done absolutely nothing about this epidemic of gun violence. Why have Russian oligarchs donated millions to the NRA? A normal Congress would investigate such activities, but this one is apparently complicit with that also.
Three things are needed to make this country great again. The first and most obvious is terminating the Trump presidency. The second is eliminating the NRA and the third is abolishing the misinformation and lie machine, Fox News. Doing these things would bring sanity and integrity back to the White House, help reduce senseless gun violence and murder, and help restore truth to our democracy.
Trump’s lasting damage
Editor: If anyone thinks for a minute that President Trump does not hurt this nation, speak up.
I fear that the governmental inaction to rein him in irrevocably will compromise not only the office of the president but the nation and its citizens as a whole. I also fear our republic will not survive the kind of policies and idiotic pronouncements emanating from the West Wing on an almost daily basis.
It is past time for the Republican leadership in the Senate to step up and impress upon Trump that his brand of political slash-and-burn rhetoric must end. I feel the Republican Party will face an even greater loss of power come the 2020 presidential election. Unfortunately, Trump most likely will face a barrage of House investigations over the next two years and be even less able to attend to the business of our nation.
Who pays for the Air Force One flights to all those rallies he attended in the run-up to the midterms? The “fake news” reports that Trump has played golf at least one out every four days he’s been in office. Are you kidding me?
JAMES MICHAEL FITZPATRICK
Calhoun still influential
Editor: The day after the election at a gathering of like-minded individuals, I heard mourning about continued Republican control of the U.S. Senate. There didn’t seem to be as much celebration about Democrats winning control of the House of Representatives.
How typical and predictable. I particularly regret Sen. Claire McCaskill’s loss in Missouri. She fought hard, cooperated with Republicans when necessary so she could vote with Democrats on more important issues.
Had Democrats also won the Senate, it is quite likely the president would have a primary challenge in 2020. If former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley ran against him he might lose. That would afford many Republicans an opportunity to get out of the way of recriminations surely to come from President Trump. I believe Democrats could beat Haley, but it wouldn’t have much significance for the long term.
It has been remarked that Trump isn’t the problem, but merely a symptom. The problem has existed since the birth of our nation. A recalcitrant element — clearly evident in the Old South — was determined and selfish. Landowners, commercial interests and others benefiting from slavery nurtured a political orientation called states’ rights. Individual states used it to win the day; methods included nullification and interdiction. The author and primary force in the movement was John C. Calhoun of South Carolina.
Until he broke with President Andrew Jackson over the importance of the Union, Calhoun had served as a national officeholder at the highest levels. In the 1830s he chose a future of securing slavery for the country and himself.
Even though he died in 1850, Abraham Lincoln ran 10 years later against Calhoun’s legacy. Fortunately, Lincoln won.
In the 2018 midterms, Republicans featured sound and fury not so different from Calhounism. It is now known as Trumpism.
RICHARD J. YOST
SOUTH ABINGTON TWP.
Dems bypass core issues
Editor: Following the midterm elections, I am relieved that my wife and I and millions of other Americans will not have to fear our Social Security retirement benefits being cut by 25 percent by a Republican Senate and House.
With Democrats taking over the House, they will block any Republican attempt to cut our benefits. The same holds true for those who rely on Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, college student loans and unemployment insurance benefits.
But I am angry and disappointed with fellow Democrats who I thought cared about people like me who have low incomes. Affluent Democrats are members of the upper middle class and upper class, although they often don’t see themselves as wealthy and well-off.
I am angry at how they scolded me, admonished me and tried to shame and bully me because I did not care much about identity politics and culture war issues that they constantly bashed President Trump over. I focused on bread-and-butter issues of survival. I focused on protecting safety net programs like Social Security.
Financially well-off progressive Democrats thought I should have been more concerned with the plight of illegal immigrants, for example. They were insensitive to my plight and that of millions of seniors who live on Social Security benefits.
A friend told me that they can afford to care about identity politics and culture war issues and constantly bash Trump. My wife and I can’t afford that luxury. They don’t need Social Security. It wouldn’t affect them if their Social Security checks were cut by 25 percent. I expected more empathy and compassion from them.
For the next two years, I will still focus on bread-and-butter issues that the poor, near-poor and middle class struggle with, but affluent Democrats do not.
STEWART B. EPSTEIN
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK