Let reason and facts guide our decisions
Dear Editor: I am thankful we still live in a country that values and protects freedom of speech, as exercised by Richard T. Cantwell Sr., “LETTER: Protesters against Trump ‘nothing but a bunch of spoiled brats,’” Oct. 23, 2016. I respect that he wants his opinion heard and takes the time to voice it.
I believe several comments stated by Cantwell, however, were driven by emotion rather than fact.
It is true that a large number of Americans voted for Trump in the last election, though it appears to be getting clearer he did not win by popular vote. It’s likely many did so because of their sincere hope he would improve working conditions, improve their lives and their ability to send kids off to college rather than endless wars. Such campaign pledges from any candidate for the highest office in our land are commendable. It’s quite another thing to make such promises without offering credible plans as to how they will be achieved. Still, agreed: this does not make Trump a racist.
What does make him a racist, however, as well as a misogynist, bigot and liar are his, verifiably documented words and actions while campaigning and in some of his prior public behaviors. These words and deeds make him totally inappropriate and ineligible for scores of jobs, including that of president.
To make matters worse, he is now attempting to surround himself with appointees equally inappropriate. We can argue over the best way to avoid wars, provide for education and so on. But there should be no exception made or allowance for anyone to sit in the Oval Office who has behaved as unashamedly.
The protesters I have observed have not been crying because they didn’t get their voted way. They are crying, myself included, because of what the tragic outcome of this election threatens to do to our own people and to our credibility as a world leader. Protest we will and we will continue to do so.
Let’s make judgments based upon facts and common sense rather than runaway emotions and inklings. Let’s try to speak civilly to one another rather than reducing ourselves to name-calling and speculation about others being in dubious categories. We must rely on the truth as best as we can discern it. I say this not as an anti-American crybaby, but as a retired, 70-year-old hoping for better conversation, critical thinking and decision-making in our future voting choices.
Rik Flynn, Cottekill