GOP seeks to di­vide, rather than unite, us

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

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

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