Letters, Sept. 6
The publisher’s editorial statement was correct: “In about 60 days we have one of the most important decisions that we can make as citizens.” I emphatically agree! This year’s election is a crucial moment for our democracy.
Contrary to his cavalier statement, however, about past election cycles, this election absolutely will risk the very future of the United States should the incumbent be re-elected.
The publisher states “understand the principles behind each party and what they stand for.” Republican principles today are whatever the fearless leader says they are, as demonstrated by their nonexistent party platform. How can you vote for a president lacking leadership, trust, moral character and integrity and then turn around and vote for a party that can’t articulate what they stand for?
Historically, the Republican Party stood for balanced budgets, strong military, small government, and global leadership. Today witness the spiraling deficits, hamstrung armed services, a bloated government occupied by nauseating sycophants and a world that no longer trusts this country.
This election cycle is a make or break moment for this country regardless of what this publisher thinks. Vote like your country’s health and wellbeing depend on it.
Choose the wisdom
“When my country ’tis of thee,
Becomes my country ’tis of me,
We all suffer ...”
With these ominously prescient words did my friend, poet Frank De Luca, capture the mood of our nation in late fall 2016. The multiple tragic consequences of that mindset, facilitated by our national leadership over the last four years, have borne out in stark reality the daunting wisdom of that prophecy.
Today, the poem is more relevant than ever.
Almost lost in the loud cacophony of the past two weeks (the DNC and, especially, the RNC) were the voices delineating a third possibility: that the most creative and pragmatic genius of American democracy lies not in a shouting match between two polarities, but in the difficult task of finding a workable balance between two hallowed American hallmarks: the rights of individuals (the “me”); and the needs of our community (the “we”) described by de Tocqueville in 1835.
Calamity almost certainly awaits our country if we do not now choose the wisdom of those who will thoughtfully attempt to create such a balance (e.g. Biden, Kasich, Will) over the next four years, by listening with respect, reasoning with honesty and acting compassionately with integrity!
Republicans: Trump vs. principles
The Mail Tribune and Ashland Tidings publisher has made an eloquent appeal for us to vote wisely for “principles behind each party and what they stand for when casting your vote, rather than the man that has been fronted to run for president.” Good thought.
Checking party websites, the Democrats have a platform that details their principles on every issue. Unfortunately, the Republican party, for the first time, doesn’t think that is necessary. The GOP has obviously decided to abandon principles in this election and follow Donald Trump instead.
The following quotes are directly from the GOP.com website in stating their platform for 2020:
“The RNC has unanimously voted to forego the Convention Committee on Platform ...” “The RNC, had the Platform Committee been able to convene in 2020, would have undoubtedly unanimously agreed to reassert the party’s strong support for President Donald Trump and his administration;” “That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the president’s America-first agenda;” “That the 2020 Republican National Convention will adjourn without adopting a new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention.”
Barry Thalden, former Republican supporter