Letters to the Editor, Aug. 22
Where is the spine?
To quote Joseph Welch, chief counsel during the McCarthy hearings, "At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"
How much more do we have to endure before this man is removed from office? Where is the spine of the Republican Party? Surely they must see that tying their hopes to this man is eventual political suicide.
I applaud those who have spoken up. They are my new heroes. Let's hear from the rest of Congress. Congressman Walden, are you listening?
A new low
Following his statement about infrastructure on Tuesday, President Trump reached a new low in his comments about the white supremacist march in Charlottesville.
He walked back his teleprompter speech from the day before and was unable to fully repudiate the actions and motives of the neo-Nazis, KKK sympathizers and white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville in support of a statue of General Lee. The moral equivalency that he argued existed between that group and the counter-protestors tells everything one needs to know about what Trump really believes. And besides, Trump said that the white supremacists had a permit to gather and the counter-protestors didn’t; so much for Trump’s belief in deregulation.
I happen to be a human being that hit the lottery, born white in this great and prosperous country. My wife was not so lucky, but through hard work and good fortune was able to emigrate here to work as a nurse.
White supremacists would love to cleanse our country of people of color like my wife and our children and are emboldened by our president. Do we really want to go back to times not that many decades ago when the KKK felt comfortable marching down American streets? MAGA?
Radical white terrorism
James Alex Fields Jr. adds his name to those who kill to advance the cause of white supremacy — a long list, including Dylan Roof, Timothy McVeigh and Robert E. Lee. This movement has been left unchecked for far too long; something must be done before more people die.
In October 2016, our president told us we must put a name on a threat to effectively deal with it. I suggest “radical white terrorism.”
"Radical white terrorism" is a real thing, an organized movement, evidenced by the many avowed white supremacists who showed up in a group wearing quasi-military armor. Their clear intent was to cause trouble, and they did. If the counter-demonstrators had stayed home, the radical white terrorists would have no doubt targeted the police.
As our president tried with Muslims in response to “radical Islamic terrorism,” we should consider instituting white travel bans and mass deportation of whites from the USA. And, since James A. Fields’s weapon was an automobile, we should call for mandatory training and universal licensing and registering of all motor vehicles — but we have that already.
Or we could try to find something that might actually work.
Donald Trump's presidency has accomplished at least one thing. It has removed Andrew Johnson, Warren Harding, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush as candidates for the worst president in U.S. history. And by the way, our guy Greg Walden backs Trump right down the line.
Anthony J. Pippel