Letter to the Editor

Point-Counterpoint 11-22-17

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Republican senators and President Trump

Much was said at the end of October by two Republican senators about President Trump.

In a CNN interview, Sen. Corker said: “When his term is over, I think the debasing of our nation, the constant non-truth telling, the name calling, the debasement of our nation is what will be remembered and that’s regretful.” Also: “I think world leaders are very aware that much of what he says is untrue.” Also: “I think that he’s proven himself unable to rise to the occasion … I don’t think that that’s possible. He’s obviously not going to rise to the occasion as president.”

Corker also announced that he will not run for reelection as he cannot support the direction the administration is taking the country.

In a speech on the senate floor, judged by some to be the most important political speech of 2017, Senator Flake said the following: “We must never regard as normal the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals. We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country – the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth or decency, the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have all been elected to serve.”

He also said “It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are. And what are we going to do about that? When the next generation asks us why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up? What are you going to say?”

And finally: “The notion that one should stay silent as the norms and values that keep America strong are undermined and as the alliances and agreements that ensure the stability of the entire world are routinely threatened by the level of thought that goes into 140 (tweet) characters – the notion that one should say and do nothing in the face of such mercurial behavior is ahistoric and, I believe profoundly misguided.”

Some Republican leaders, including President Bush and Sen. John Mc Cain voice similar opinions along with an increasing number of members of Congress. So … now what? What happens next?

Robert Sneitzer

Spirit Lake

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Who Said That?

Recently a frequent writer of letters to the editor had some extensive quotations taken from the national news media. If you don’t follow the national political news, you might wonder why such extensive remarks were of such interest from two relatively unknown U.S. Senators. The national news media (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, New York Times and the Washington Post) love to quote Sen. Robert Corker (R-Tennessee) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R–Arizona). The reason these two Senators are quoted so often is that both of these U.S. Senators are in disagreement with President Trump’s policies. By ignoring the other 98 U.S. Senators It is almost like the thinking of the other Senators are not important.

The writer did point out that these two senators were not running for reelection. What he failed to disclose was the reason they are not running for reelection. The reason is that both have constituent polls from their state showing they could not be reelected. Their political ideologies are not shared by their voters.

It is amazing that President Trump has any favorable rating. The national news media can be counted upon to bias their reporting, so any action taken by President Trump is presented in a negative light. Each time a news story comes forward, the national news media searches for an angle to turn the news story Trump-negative. Just try reading or viewing the national media to see if you can find anything positive about President Trump. Of course, we all know how accurate the national media polls were in predicting the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Hillary Clinton was predicted to win in a landslide. The national news media fails to recognize President Trump’s policies are widely popular with his base that elected him.

To gain a clearer perspective of the country’s economy one should look at the performance of the stock market over the last 12 months. The stock market is up 15 percent since the first of the year. Do you remember last October’s stock market predictions from some that the stock market would crash if Trump was elected? When you read or view something, it is always interesting to notice “who’s talking” and do they have a biased viewpoint.

Phil Petersen

Okoboji