Columnist employs ‘utter, partisan drivel’
Dear Editor: Re Michael Reagan’s opinion piece on Nov. 15, “Get a grip, losers”:
The mere title is bad enough, a virtual stick in the eye to the majority of U.S. voters. Lines such as “Your guy lost. Live with it,” and “Four years ago and eight years ago, our guy lost. We lived with it.” He finishes up with “This is how it works every four years.”
What utter, partisan drivel. He says we should all pull together (or at least get out of the way, be compliant and stop complaining). Yeah, just like the Republicans “got over it” and cooperated with the president and his agenda over the last four- and eight-year cycles. Why don’t we ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Rep. Darrell Issa, Sen. Ted Cruz and the Freedom Caucus how much they cooperated over the last two cycles?
Does Reagan really think “losers” are that stupid? What bubble does he live in? This feigned, righteous indignation is ridiculous. His taunting is unbecoming a major columnist, and he should be ashamed of himself. His gleefulness and sarcasm are not helpful at this time.
That said, I hope the new administration is wise, deliberate and forthright. However, don’t be surprised if the loyal opposition takes the tack the Republicans did the last eight years. After all, they are just following their peers on the other side.
To paraphrase Bette Davis: “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.” David Van De Water
Not all presidents deserve a chance
Dear Editor: I have always been inclined to give new presidents a chance, even if I opposed them. But so far, Donald Trump seems to be doing all he can to squander any possible tiny smidgen of hope I had in him.
Maybe Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had the right strategy for Trump when he decided to oppose everything President Obama said and did from Day One, and maybe we should adopt it for Trump.
President-elect Trump has debased the level of discourse in our presidential campaigns for the rest of time; embarrassed our country in front of the whole world by his language and behavior; lowered respect for us in the eyes of our allies; created fear in large swaths of our citizenry; rallied and inspired some of the most despicable segments of our society, like the KKK, white supremacists and neo-Nazis; chosen some very questionable characters for his prospective cabinet and advisers; continues to display his thin-skinned and vengeful streak by lashing out with his tweets; and keeps flipflopping on various stands he took (and changed) before, even some that his supporters loved him for.
And, by the way, why should a man like this be in the White House at all when his opponent got more votes?
Lee Augustine Wawarsing