Letter to the Editor

Point-counterpoint

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Do Republicans wish to overturn our constitutional democracy

Just when one thinks the existing Republican Party cannot get any crazier, it outdoes itself. Rep. Cheney was ousted from party leadership; replaced by Rep. Stefanik who immediately declared the party was “united in support of President Trump.” Rep. Clyde said the 6th was just normal tourists visiting to take pictures. Rep. Gohmert claimed there was no “armed insurrection.” Rep. Pence declared he was there on the 6th with his brother, the former vice-president, who “never left his post.” And then there is Rep. Taylor-Greene! This topped off by Reps. McCarthy and Scalise marshaling “no” votes for establishment of a bi-partisan 6th Commission, after their demands for commission set-up were agreed to. Naturally, this was followed by Sen. McConnell declaring no Republican should vote for its approval in the Senate. It is gut-wrenching to watch replays of the 6th insurrection; thugs assaulting police and smashing windows/doorways; confederate flags waved in the Capitol Rotunda; congressional personnel, including the vice-president, House speaker, Senate majority leader and minority party leaders, being whisked to safety as they feared for their lives. How can any right-minded American not want a full investigation as to why this happened and establishment of measures to insure it is never repeated? Do legacy, traditional Republicans really believe in this total disregard for truth? It has been apparent for years the Republican Party has no interest in legislative processes except for tax cuts, court packing, limiting women’s rights or voter suppression. It has disavowed any semblance of honesty, ethics, integrity or respect in pursuit of congressional power; now capitulating to the dictates of an autocratic former president continuing to trumpet a corrupt “big lie.” Continued rejection of truth by the Republican Party threatens our democracy. Truth is the bedrock upon which our founding fathers and constitutional framers developed a framework of three equal, separate branches of government which has endured for over 200 years. But we may be at an inflection point raised by Ben Franklin at the end of the 1787 Constitutional Convention when he stated the government it had shaped, “can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.” Is this where America is today? It’s time for true Republican leaders to seriously ponder this question.

Terry B. Yarns

Spirit Lake


Maybe a move is in your future

Last week, the author of multiple Letters to the Editor appearing in local newspapers had another meltdown regarding happenings in the Republican Party. One has to wonder if the Republican Party causes this person so much stress, why doesn’t he ignore them? It reminds me of an old saying from the late 1500’s “If something is causing you to bang your head against the wall – why don’t you just stop?”

Here is a sample from last week’s letter that is driving the letter writer crazy: “It has been apparent for years the Republican Party has no interest in legislative processes except for tax cuts, court packing, limiting women’s rights or voter suppression. It has disavowed any semblance of honesty, ethics, integrity or respect in pursuit of congressional power…”

In the 2020 election Trump received 75 million votes – more than he received in the 2016 election. The only reason he was not reelected was Biden - by campaigning from his basement - received 85 million votes – more than any other candidate for President in history. That includes Barak Obama — the first black President. Do you believe that? Extra Biden votes came from five heavily Democrat cities known for their corruption.

In Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, Trump received the majority of the votes. Across the country 93 percent of the Republicans like Trump. The writer’s anti-Republican message is not selling well in the midwest. His message would be better received in liberal New York and California. There is housing available there since many of their voters have moved to Florida and Texas. You might even make some money by bringing a U-Haul trailer back to California and New York, since so many voters have left those states.

The writer would receive a warm reception in New York since the vast majority of the National News Networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS) are located there. They don’t know any conservatives, so they live in a vast liberal echo chamber.

Liberals would also find a home in California where the tech giants (Facebook, Twitter and Google) are located. Have you ever tried to find some positive information about Trump or conservatives on the internet? It is impossible. Google, of course, is located in California’s Silicon Valley. You might think browsers Edge and Firefox are independent, but they are either financially or technically controlled by Google.

When Joe Biden took office, the southern border was under control, we were energy independent, and inflation was low. Reflect on where we are now. Do you remember a year ago NIH said it was going to take 3 – 5 years to develop a COVID vaccine? Trump's Operation Warp Speed was a huge success.

Biden campaigned that he would be a political moderate and would bring the country together. As soon as he was elected he said "I will be the most progressive President in history." How is he doing bringing the two political parties together?

Phil Petersen

Okoboji


A forum for opinions or for rude insults?

Although I have written a number of letters to the editor, I have never responded to another letter writer to criticize them for having an opinion differing from mine. Today however, I am compelled to make a statement concerning Phil Peterson’s letter in which he severely criticized Terry Yarns letter of the preceding week. In the past, Phil has been critical of my letters as well, claiming my opinions differed from his and therefore, should be considered false or invalid.

The First Amendment states – no law shall prohibit the free exercise or abridge the freedom of speech. That includes a citizen’s right to state his disagreement with actions of our government.

Phil’s letter then suggests that Iowa is not a place for people with Terry’s views. He states, “You might even make some money by bringing a U-Haul trailer back to California and New York since so many voters have left these states.” It appears that Phil does not feel opposing views should be tolerated. I think most Iowans would disagree.

It’s my hope that this column will continue to be a forum for opinions, not a place for rude insults.

Note: Former President Trump was banned from social media for making repeated malicious remarks.

Robert Sneitzer

Spirit Lake