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Truth matters, but some don’t see it

Truth matters, but some don’t see it

To the Editor:

I fear for my country. The cause of my anxiety is the judgment that our nation has regressed beyond the point of no return. A number of events has led to that conclusion, and chief among them is America’s acceptance of Donald Trump’s neutralizing our collective ability to determine right from wrong.

Presently available (thru American Mint), for just $99, is the MAGA Movement Commemorative Coin Set. To quote from the ad I saw in the August 2021 issue of the VFW Magazine (I’ll get back to that): “From visionary economic initiatives, to his strong stance and decisive actions to protect our nation against harm, President Trump has proven that his commitment to putting America first was just what the nation needed. As President, he showed little patience for the status quo that has crippled Washington politics for decades and has taken the bold steps necessary to put America back on top as the most respected nation in the world.”

That’s simply untrue. The 45th President betrayed the nation and the people he took an oath to protect. He tweeted, he watched FOX News, and he golfed. He used his power to spread lies and disinformation and poison our politics. He pandered to dictators, alienated our allies, and encouraged and emboldened white supremacists. On top of all that, throughout his last year in office, he downplayed and actually worsened the global pandemic costing tens of thousands of Americans their lives. He was twice impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. The Republican Party (in the face of overwhelming evidence) twice revealed its cowardice and complicity by acquitting him.

We have always defined the United States as a nation of laws and the incontrovertible premise that no one is above those laws. Donald Trump and the GOP have, over and over and over again, proven that doctrine an illusion.

Donald Trump obstructed Congress, violated his oath of office, betrayed the public trust, undermined the Constitution, disregarded the rules of law and abused the power of the presidency on occasions too numerous to list (including asking the president of a foreign power to investigate a political opponent). As if that isn’t enough, to ensure history records and reviles the presidency of this consummate liar and conman (and I truly believe history will confirm this exactly), days before leaving office he incited a deadly attack on our Capitol in a last-ditch effort to overturn a free and fair election he lost.

That the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization (of which I am a life member and have been for decades) would agree to carry an ad glorifying such a man (in my opinion as a career veteran who served in a war zone — Vietnam) is inappropriate and discredits VFW members and all veterans who have served honorably.

I fear for our country. I fear that our people no longer hold inviolate the principle that truth matters and that our nation cannot long survive a divided, disconnected and disengaged society.

David L. Snell 

Franklin

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12 comments

  • Thank you for speaking truth. The complete takeover of minds by Trump mania is impossible to understand.

    posted by Jt

    Wednesday, 09/29/2021

  • thank you for stating the truth.

    posted by Darlene Haponik

    Tuesday, 09/28/2021

  • I totally disagree with you!!! Our current President is the one doing all those things. He and the Democratic Party are responsible for creating division in our country! He is responsible for the loss of 13 service members and countless others! His mandates and total disregard to our personal freedoms is unconstitutional! People like you are the very problem with our press and media. You’re the one spreading lies and misinformation!

    posted by Barbara Mistretta

    Tuesday, 09/28/2021

  • I totally agree with you, Mr. Snell.

    posted by Mary Daily

    Monday, 09/27/2021

  • Your opinion matters, as does mine. I fear for our country also, but for pretty much the opposite of what you say here as does half the Country. I served my country in the USMC and have always tried to be a good citizen, showing respect for others, To try and respond to what you say it just divides more. The left is none tolerant for anything but how they see it. You take care of yourself and God Bless America.

    posted by STEPHEN ADLER

    Monday, 09/27/2021

  • What planet are you living on?

    posted by David Gordon Cronk

    Monday, 09/27/2021

  • Hmmmm - let's see some truths from the other side:
    Truth- Biden completely botched the Afghanistan withdraw, a world class embarrassment for the U.S. and in the process allowed 13 service members to be killed.
    Truth - Biden had 10 people killed in a drone attack that also killed 7 children.
    Truth - Biden's lack of any action on the border is leading to an invasion of hundreds of thousands illegal aliens into our country - illegal is illegal.
    Truth - Biden's lack of mental capacity to understand let alone verbalize to Americans what the Covid vaccine protocols should be - going against the science.
    Truth - Biden's inability to communicate or take questions from reporters, is astounding and mind boggling.
    Truth - Biden and administration controlling mainstream media by refusing to air stories regarding his sons laptop/business dealings.
    Throw in there Biden's disdain for law enforcement, the military, border patrol and other agencies. He is a dementia riddled throwback politician, who has no business being President. It has been said by prior Obama administration officials that Biden has been wrong on major policy decisions for the last 40 years. Based on what we're seeing from him with only 8 months into his administration, it appears that this assessment is true, and his ignorance is showing.

    posted by AHerzog

    Sunday, 09/26/2021

  • Well said. Thank you, Sir!

    posted by Mary Clayton-McGlauflin

    Saturday, 09/25/2021

  • Amen, David. Would that more speak up and admit the truth about this disgrace. It is one thing to express opinion, but to deny fact is fatal for our country. Want to know the end result? Read what Hitler espoused prior to WWII.

    posted by Ron Morrow

    Saturday, 09/25/2021

  • Amen, David. Would that more speak up and admit the truth about this disgrace. It is one thing to express opinion, but to deny fact is fatal for our country. Want to know the end result? Read what Hitler espoused prior to WWII.

    posted by Ron Morrow

    Saturday, 09/25/2021

  • Mr. Snell, please get help. You clearly have a few screws missing in your head. I'm being quite serious.

    posted by Lucille Josephs

    Friday, 09/24/2021

  • "A number of events has led to that conclusion, and chief among them is America’s acceptance of Donald Trump’s neutralizing our collective ability to determine right from wrong."

    This is hilarious. The writer hasn't been paying attention for the last 9 months. Biden was the result of massive vote fraud and a moral blindness that is breathtaking. Complaining about Trump is a serious symptom of the very moral blindness he accuses others of having.

    posted by Quartermaster

    Thursday, 09/23/2021

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