June 12, 2017
Our Founding Fathers understood the dangers of tyranny. They therefore established a brilliant system of checks and balances to avoid that evil.
I believe we are on the cusp of tyranny now. We, our representatives and the courts have a responsibility to stand against the potential unlawful and harmful acts of President Donald Trump. Party affiliation should not and cannot act as a litmus test when discharging obligations. Rather, it requires that one be a patriot, not a nationalist. Our president focuses endlessly on himself, power, victory and revenge. Patriots are not loyal to a rogue leader.
It is not patriotic to deprive untold millions of Americans of their right to basic health care. It is not patriotic to espouse and implement fiscal policies that exacerbate inequality between haves and have-nots, which history tells us only leads to instability. It is not patriotic to engage in divisive use of nationalistic language that encourages right wing extremists to kill innocent people. It is not patriotic to continually lie to the American people and to discredit our democratic institutions and Fourth Estate for political gain, and it is certainly not patriotic to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord adhered to by all but Syria and Nicaragua, putting us and future generations at great risk.
I submit that our president is not a patriot. I implore readers regardless of their political affiliation to be patriotic by distancing themselves from the self-serving lies and dangerous policies of this president.
Louise C. Grim
True patriots don't embrace nationalism