Defending the Indefensible
Editor: A recent letter by John Hamilton, “Show Trump respect,” reminded me of my mother’s advice to her teenage son; that you only gain respect by showing respect.
It’s obvious that the Great Deceiver never learned that simple lesson. The only thing Mr. Trump holds in any esteem, other than his over-inflated easily bruised ego, is money. It is equally apparent that the man has no respect whatsoever for the office he now so disgracefully dishonors.
In Mr. Hamilton’s condescending attempt to express his “dumbfounded astonishment” that others might see Trump as the dangerously unbalanced pathological liar he is, he shows himself as yet another hypocritical Republican who swallowed this catastrophe for his own personal gain; ethics be damned.
As he says, “Are tax reform and a rising stock market a bad thing?” Not if you own stock in a rising market. But what percentage of Americans own stock in anything other than putting food on the family table?
That privileged mindset is mirrored in another The Record story of Oct. 14, “Closed primary elections draw scrutiny,” in which Bill Korach, head of the St. John’s County Republican Party, responds to the glaringly obvious disparity of allowing the write-in candidate loophole by stating, “Why should people who don’t share the same values as the party they identify with be allowed to meddle in an election? “Meddle,” Mr. Korach? Most of us see that as our basic freedom to vote.
Mr. Hamilton, there are not enough superlative expletives in my limited vocabulary to express the depth of my disdain for Trump and everything he stands for.
And, as was evidenced by the popular vote in the last presidential election, there are a lot more of us than there are of you.