2016-10-20 / Letters

'Trump would threaten America'

To the Editor:

When the country you love and have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed for what he is- a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country.

Trump represents a grave threat to our hard earned democracy and our democratic ideals. His unconstitutional and racist policies will take us down a long dark road. Many high level Republicans and donors are absolutely horrified at the prospect of a Trump presidency and are withholding financial support and refusing to endorse him. There have been repeated comparisons of Trump to Adolph Hitler. Average German citizens remained silent during the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party. Average Americans must not do the same.

To any prospective Trump voter, I would suggest before casting your ballot that you read a single book: They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-45. The book masterfully documents and explains “How and why ‘decent men’ became Nazis—the life stories of ten law abiding citizens”. The subjects are average German citizens not unlike you and me. Democracy is fragile. In the upcoming election voters would do well to heed the warning of George Santayana: “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”.

John J. Peterson
Lacore Rd.
Empire

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