Seeds of dictatorship
The idea of a sitting president at a campaign rally encouraging the crowd to chant hate toward legally elected members of Congress who oppose him is reminiscent of Hitler at a nighttime Nazi rally in Nuremberg, Germany. Donald Trump did this at his latest campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, chiding four Democrats for their liberal views and suggesting they leave the country. The crowd responded, “Send her back!”
This is deeply unsettling. This kind of vicious pitting of one segment of Americans against another by the leader of all Americans is dangerous. This is the behavior we see of Duterte (Philippines) and Maduro (Venezuela). What’s more troubling is the country’s acquiescence to it. With few exceptions, GOP leaders are mute and exert little or no restraining influence, and much of our citizenry now accepts this presidential conduct as the new norm. The bottom line is, Donald Trump is becoming a dictator and we are allowing it.
I fear our government “of the people, by the people, for the people” is fast perishing. Is this what we want?
Conservatives need to be more devoted to the principles of freedom than to any leader or person, however much that person might proclaim to be the leader of the movement.
Whenever a party becomes more loyal to a leader than to correct principles, it is heading in the direction of fascism. President Trump likes to pretend that any criticism of him is criticism of America, as if he IS America. That reminds me of King Louis XIV of France, who said he was the state (nation). It reminds me of Germany, when people said “Heil Hitler” as if all loyal Germans were his personal servants. We are a government of laws, not of men. We do not need monarchy any more now than we did in the days of George III. Make America great again: dump Trump.
A marketing and patriotic phenomenon
I am sure most everyone is aware of the uproar created July Fourth when Nike (the sports apparel giant) announced it was discontinuing its brand new tennis shoe honoring Betsy Ross and her early American U.S. flag design at the demand of Colin Kaepernick.
You remember Colin, the NFL player who refused to stand for our flag and national anthem because they are “racist”! Kaepernick has a multimillion dollar advertising contract with Nike.
This action has not gone over well at all with the American public. Immediately, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh blasted Kaepernick and Nike for their disrespect of our flag. Rush announced that he was selling T-shirts to counter Nike’s action that sell on his website for about $27. Rush announced that in just 11 days, sales have skyrocketed to the point of his having to reorder supplies multiple times. As of today (July 19), Rush announced that he has raised $1.5 million profits that has been donated 100% to the 9/11 Survivor’s Fund. Orders just keep increasing. After his appearance on Fox News, he received 14,000 order from that appearance alone!
Not only does this speaks volumes about the power of internet marketing, but is a defining moment about the patriotic spirit of the American people.
Trump, Republicans disappointing
During the 50 years I trained to fight America’s enemies, fought and trained others to fight, Russia and its surrogates, such as North Korea and North Vietnam, were our main adversaries. Now, the only friends Trump has are the murdering despots in nations such as North Korea and Saudi Arabia. He is busy trashing our former allies, such as Great Britain. Last week, he called the ambassador from Britain a “fool.” Trump calling anyone a fool is like a skunk saying someone needs deodorant.
The House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning the bigoted comments Trump made a few days ago about four congresswomen. Every Alabama Republican voted against it, including Martha Roby. Where do we get these spineless, gutless, heartless political figures who have no patriotism or morals?
Is there anything positive I can say about Trump? Absolutely. Thanks to Trump, no previous president will be judged to be the worst in history.
How about more letters?
It used to be one of the most interesting moments of the morning when I got to the editorial page and read the letters to the editor.
Of course, the letters were as varied as those writing and often the writers definitely disagreed with each other. Many writers championed a cause and those of us who read the letters regularly got to know (by name and opinion) many of the writers.
It was especially interesting to me since my personality mostly focuses on the big picture. It was a glimpse of the different topics garnering the interests of the locals around me.
Over time, I realized that this is an excellent way to reach the politicians we elect so they know what the citizens in their district think on issues. Today, of course we have the social media, but many of us don’t care to engage via social media.
The paper has always had very specific conditions for writing letters that not only keep the ego in check, but also impose limitations on bad language, direct attacks, etc., that are not imposed on responders via social media. This has always been to the benefit of the Advertiser community.
I hope I speak for the other writers by calling on the Advertiser to increase the space provided for more letters.
It is such an excellent platform to present opinion on the issues writers care about and forces us to think about how we must write with respect to those who won’t agree on a position. I believe it would be beneficial to the community and to the politicians that represent us.
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