To the editor:
It appears that Mr. (Ryan) Secord is either too young or too forgetful to remember 2010 (“Democrats should leave Trump alone,” July 20). When the Republicans took over the House of Representatives, President Obama met with them to coordinate several bipartisan initiatives that were pending action, including a comprehensive immigration bill.
Instead of cooperation to work on the serious issues, the Republican leadership made the following public statements: John Boehner: “We’re going to do everything — and I mean everything we can do — to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can;” and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
From that time Republican leadership blocked every attempt to even discuss a serious issue and became the “Party of No.”
Now we have a billionaire autocrat who flaunts every boundary of conflict of interest, corruption, personal decency and respect for the office of president in a way that no prior Republican or Democratic leadership would have permitted to carry their party’s label.
The lack of personal integrity and lack of compassion for their constituents and lack of respect for their trusteeship of this great country and its resources make the current crop of Republicans unfit to govern.
I believe the Democrats and independents who are in the actual majority have a responsibility to remove both of these forms of political cancer for the benefit of all the ordinary people in this country.
The billionaires and corporate world have all the support their big money can buy. Ordinary people need to fight back with the power of the ballot box.
Donald A. Smith