How to make it great

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Given Donald Trump’s long his­tory of self-cen­tered, cruel, er­ratic, and in­com­pe­tent be­hav­ior, con­nec­tions with Rus­sia among sev­eral of his close as­so­ci­ates, con­tin­ued in­ep­ti­tude in for­eign affairs, and his di­vi­sive speech, I be­lieve it is now clear to most of us that elect­ing Trump was a se­ri­ous mis­take. Harm is be­ing done to our na­tion and its in­ter­ests, and the po­ten­tial for fur­ther dam­age grows daily.

Yet some still cling to Trump, un­will­ing to face the ob­vi­ous. Those of you with com­mon sense, de­cency, and even a lit­tle knowl­edge of cur­rent events from cred­i­ble sources prob­a­bly no­tice a sink­ing feel­ing in your gut. Pay at­ten­tion to your con­science! Deep down you know that Trump was a bad choice for all of us.

Two groups of Trump sup­port­ers es­pe­cially trou­ble me: (1) Chris­tians who refuse to ac­knowl­edge that Trump’s val­ues and ac­tions are in­com­pat­i­ble with Je­sus’ teach­ings and ex­am­ples. Please, reac­quaint your­selves with what Christ said and did, not what a party or me­dia fig­ure says is Chris­tian. (2) Repub­li­can lead­ers, many al­ready pri­vately wor­ried about Trump’s judg­ment and his Rus­sian con­nec­tions. When they pro­mote di­vi­sive­ness and fear, put party be­fore coun­try, and gam­ble our coun­try’s fu­ture for short-term par­ti­san gains, Amer­i­cans will even­tu­ally hold them ac­count­able, along with oth­ers who failed to speak out.

There is still time to take a stand for Amer­ica’s val­ues, its fu­ture and its peo­ple. That’s what good lead­ers do, and that is what will make Amer­ica great again. JERRY WHITE Lit­tle Rock

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