To the Editor:
To put America first, to restore the foundation of our democracy – justice, fairness, equal opportunity – Donald Trump and Trumpism must be soundly defeated.
Trumpism stokes fear, spreads division, pits citizens against each other. It relies on misinformation, intolerance, suppressing dissent, intimidation to hold onto power. In 2020, this means Republican politicians who endorse Trump’s lies, corruption, incompetence,
dictatorial tendencies, and immorality either publicly or silently.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are well deserving of your vote for President and Vice President. So too are Democrat state and federal officials if you have had enough division, hatred, violence, anxiety, conspiracy theories, intolerance, and skepticism of science and facts.
Jesus gave us some advice on the type of leaders citizens should elect with two quotes: “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant” and “For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?”
These words require some real-life introspection. Questions to reflect upon: Which candidate would be the better servant? Which ones are the most trustworthy and decent? Who would listen and respect us? How will you “profit” from your vote, and will it be at the expense of your soul?
Disinformation, spread by immorally by those with self-serving political or economic agendas, has truly hurt America. It makes citizens distrust each other rather than work cooperatively together, and keeps the status quo from changing.
Citizens can believe that “Black Lives Matter” and also “Back the Blue.” We can believe that our justice system has serious problems and that the vast majority of police officers are positive community role models and mentors. We can believe in peaceful protest and be against rioting. We can trust doctors, nurses and scientists to give information based on facts and not marginal theories.
We cannot let politicians or media platforms divide our nation, communities, friends, neighbors or families. Only by listening and speaking respectfully to each other can we work to address the health, safety, fairness, racial, economic, justice and opportunity problems of today.