GOP seeks to divide, rather than unite, us
Dear Editor: With the election of Donald Trump, it’s time to cover the Statue of Liberty with a black shroud. The words at the base of statue will no longer apply.
We are going from a nation of immigrants, and one that has always welcomed immigrants, to a nation that vilifies immigrants — a giant step backward for our democracy.
A famous historian once said our democracy will begin to fail when a majority of our population is frightened, uninformed and undereducated. I fear we are at that point in time.
For the last eight years, we have had brilliant, thoughtful man as our president; a man of great decency and high principle. President Barack Obama has been an example of what the leader of a great nation should be.
We are replacing him with a narcissistic, misogynistic, sociopath with no moral compass. He has bragged about using his power to abuse women at will. How’s that for presidential behavior? It’s a poor example for the men in this country.
President Obama has spent the last eight years bringing out the best in us. Trump won the election by bringing out the worst in us. And the comparison of the first ladies is too obvious to even mention.
Trump did not arrive in a vacuum. We can thank the Republican Party for setting the scene for him. From day one of President Obama’s term in office, they vilified him, delegitimized him and spoke of him in the most vile, hateful and racist terms. They spent his years in office doing everything in their power to obstruct and block every action he took for the people.
Trump won because the Republicans finally broadened their base, but in the most perverse way. Their base now includes all the professional haters in the country — the KKK, the white supremacists, the many gun-toting private militia, Muslim haters, anti-Semites, etc.
In short, they have done everything to divide us rather than unite us.
Louis Parisi, Saugerties