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Letters, Feb. 4

The nowhere party

So here we have the true colors of the Republican base and so-called leaders in Congress finally confirmed in the votes on Trump’s impeachment and Marjorie Greene’s committee stripping, just in case you thought they would somehow come to sanity after Trump was voted out.

And that is, all Democrats are socialist-liberals who are members of a Satanist-pedophile ring that is trying to take their guns away. That about sums it all up.

Yes, there were 10 House Republican members who voted for impeachment and 11 for committee stripping, Cliff Bentz noticeably absent, and some senators decrying the violent rhetoric of Marjorie Greene, only to have been censured by their own state legislatures for having broken with the current conspiracy-theory nonsense.

I quote H. L. Mencken: “In this world of sin and sorrow, there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.” And that is from the 1920s.

The whole American experiment is a “liberal” construct. Yes, let me say that again, “liberal.” And also Jesus Christ was a socialist. You know, after you shoot Nancy Pelosi in the head, what then? What exactly do you have?

Robert Mengis

Medford

Bullies

Nobody has tried to put others down more because they are different — whether it’s nationality, ethnic group, gender, political views, or sexual orientation — than Don J. Trump! It seems because his inferiority complex is so huge, he has to put others down just to make himself feel better.

He should see a therapist! Maybe Mary Trump, his clinical psychologist niece, could help him.

I am 78 years old. A few weeks ago, I was working at a local food bank when three female Trump supporters tried to jump me physically. I was able to escape with no injury, but I can no longer volunteer for an organization that allows this kind of behavior!

Ten years ago, my dad had cancer. An RN came to see him, but she refused to give him any morphine because of my political beliefs! I fought with the hospice care company for a week and then he died!

This is another case of political hooliganism that is not acceptable. There is no room for this type of behavior in our country!

Small wonder that Trump was so incapable of accepting his rejection by the voters that his cult was easily incited to insurrection.

Bruce Bauer

Medford

Trump’s clear and present danger

I laughed out loud when I read Larry Mendte’s cherry-picked analysis of free-speech jurisprudence in his Feb. 6 column. The notion that any form of behavior is legal as long as it parades under the guise of “free speech” is a persistent alt-right trope. The U.S. Supreme Court disagrees.

Mendte attempts to use the ruling in Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969) to make his case. Here’s the rest-of-the-story that Mendte decided to leave out. In overturning the Ohio decision, the high court also vigorously upheld the “clear and present danger test” first articulated in Schenk v. United States (1919) — the one in which Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously pointed out that falsely yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater is not protected speech.

The Brandenburg ruling specifically states that language “directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action” triggers that test — it’s not protected speech.

The events of Jan. 6 leave no doubt as to whether Trump’s language was likely to incite imminent lawless action. A riot promptly ensued in which federal property was destroyed and five citizens lost their lives.

This is brazenly criminal behavior, not ideological advocacy or protected speech.

Steve Bismarck

Medford

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