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Letters, Aug. 31

Republicans have abdicated

The abdication of responsibility to the nation by most congressional Republications seems to be occurring from an atmosphere of great fear that has them wagging their haunches as they pant happily in his presence. As things accelerate, they look away embarrassedly, and whistle into the wind.

Trump told us during his campaign that he could “stand in the middle of Times Square and shoot someone, and I wouldn’t lose any votes.” Obviously, he can do much more than that, and he now knows it.

They know that what they see is fraught with danger to our democracy. They know the media is not the “enemy of the people,” that disagreement should not lead to exile, and they know that the divisiveness in this country — often leading to violence — does not have to be the new norm. Extremist political handlers savor this opportunity, as do white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and confused but hopefully well-intentioned evangelicals. Many congressional Republicans are decent, honest individuals who seem to have simply misplaced their values. I know they remember what intelligent, bipartisan discourse used to be.

They should wake up, listen to their conscience and be what the country needs them to be, before it’s too late.

Don Azar

Phoenix

Democrats promoted division

Last week’s Democratic National Convention featured two episodes which made me shake my head. Both of them featured racially charged assertions which have been proven false and easily verifiable as such. Moreover, both of these assertions actively promoted racial division in a epoch when healing and unity are vital.

First, Michelle Obama said, “Here at home, as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and a never-ending list of innocent people of color continue to be murdered ...” The statistics are clear: In 2019 10 “unarmed” Black persons died during police encounters. Some were labeled accidental and others resulted in suspensions, firings or criminal charges. This in a nation of 328 million persons.

Joe Biden, in his acceptance speech, brought up the Charlottesville incident in which some persons attended a rally to protect a statue and others arrived to destroy it. Biden attempted to resurrect the false claim that President Trump had labeled white nationalists there as “fine people.” He did not do that and Biden’s cynical attempt at exploiting racial tensions helps no one. Here is the story.

My parents told me not to play with fire. For the Democrats, that admonition should take hold — and soon.

Hubert Smith

Jacksonville

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