Repub­li­cans, be like Sen. Corker

Re “Tell the truth about Trump,” editorial, Oct. 11

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Thank you very much for en­cour­ag­ing other Re­pub­li­can lead­ers to fol­low Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) in de­nounc­ing the pres­i­dent’s dan­ger­ous bel­li­cos­ity.

I didn’t have many il­lu­sions that Don­ald Trump would make a good pres­i­dent, but even my worst fears did not en­com­pass a man who could joke about start­ing a war or who could tweet in­sults to a deadly en­emy.

Given their ma­jor­ity in both houses of Con­gress, Repub­li­cans are the only ones who can save us from a po­ten­tial catas­tro­phe by speak­ing out. Glenna Matthews

La­guna Beach

Your editorial says it may be fool­ish to ex­pect that a force­ful cri­tique from con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans will force Trump to change his ways.

No force from any source will change Trump. You can’t change the stripes on a tiger.

I sug­gest that a more re­al­is­tic method of con­trol­ling Trump would be for the pres­i­dent’s Cabi­net sec­re­taries to ex­er­cise Sec­tion 4 of the 25th Amend­ment and ef­fec­tively re­move him from power as soon as pos­si­ble.

Trump should not be al­lowed to do fur­ther ir­repara­ble dam­age to the United States and the world. Dan Her­scher

Los An­ge­les

This editorial and an­other the same day re­gard­ing Har­vey We­in­stein speak truth to power and demon­strate why the free press is vi­tal to pro­vid­ing that voice. Thank you for speak­ing out on be­half of those who have been trained to si­lence.

Both the cur­rent pres­i­dent and the movie mogul call to mind not only Lord Ac­ton’s ob­ser­va­tion about power tend­ing to cor­rupt, but an­other: “There is not a more per­ilous or im­moral habit of mind than the sanc­ti­fy­ing of suc­cess.” Yes, it is easy for those in po­si­tions of power to be­come in­tox­i­cated by their author­ity and see them­selves above com­mon de­cency.

Trump said, “When you’re a star, they let you do it.” No they don’t; they are stunned by such im­proper be­hav­ior and rec­og­nize the dam­age that such abuse of power can in­flict. It is the in­sid­i­ous­ness of such ac­tion that taints ev­ery­thing it touches. Brid­get Tucker

San Bernardino

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