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    Letter: Time to step back, take deep breath

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    Last week a letter appeared in your newspaper entitled “T-I shouldn’t cover GOPers.” The title was followed with a tirade attacking Republicans as hypocrites and cowards. It included comments that belittle Republicans, refers to the president as a traitor and various other irrational demeaning comments. In short Trump Derangement Syndrome is alive in the backyard.

    As for Trump, he is fair game as is any politician. For at least one more election we the people will still decide according to our constitutional rights and protocols that will lead us locally, statewide and nationally. It is the threat to our Declaration of Independence and Constitution that concerns me.

    Following the directive of last week’s letter would, of course limit our First Amendment right of freedom of expression. The current Democrat party platform opposes the right to life, free enterprise, seeks to destroy the Second Amendment, tear up the Twelfth Amendment destroying our representative republic. Eliminating the Twelfth Amendment would disenfranchise tens of millions of Americans residing between the Appalachians and the Sierra Nevada. We would dissolve into a one-party rule mob-ocracy similar to California where freedom-seeking Americans are fleeing in droves.

    For decades the Democratic Party has been hell bent on removing freedom of religion from the public square. It wants the economy run by the government, for the government and of the government by creating a socialistic system that has failed everywhere it has been tried, including Scandinavia.

    This nation, our nation is one nation. We are of many people one. It is a nation built from the individual up, not from the government down. No law can make me or you love or even like our neighbors. No law can force me to accept what I know to be morally wrong. However, I am bound to respect my fellow Americans and work with them to continue to grow the greatest, most free republic in the history of civilization. We are a nation of laws starting with the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Where we have failed is not the fault of the documents; it was our failure as citizens to live up to the ideals expressed within them.

    It is time to step back, take a deep breath, and with faith and reason ignore the ranting and raving and restore the best of what we are meant to be.

    Let us sing with Kathrine Lee Bates, “America! America! God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!”

    — James A. Hofmann

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