Letters to editor for Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021

Readers write about Trump supporters’ Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol, in…

Letters to editor for Wednesday, Jan
Letters to editor for Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 1

Letter writers
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Trump and ‘toward authoritarianism’

Americans who feel completely alienated from our political system support the attack on the U.S. Capitol, on democracy, and a further Trumpian move toward authoritarianism.

Trump weakened democracy by labeling press criticism as “fake news,” congressional oversight as corrupt, investigations into Russian interference as a Democratic scam.

He thereby weakened constitutional principles of the rule of law, balance of power, and the First Amendment, critical to our democracy.

Trump now weakens our most important democratic institution, free and fair elections, by exhorting neo-Nazi and white nationalists to attack the U.S. Capitol, state capitols, governors, legislators, anyone overseeing or implementing his electoral defeat.

Republican officeholders went along with the “election is rigged” falsehood until they became his target (Jan. 6). They vacillate between fear of his ability to mobilize the extreme right wing and fear of alienating Trump’s base, who compose the bulk of their own voters.

Granted, our democratic institutions are compromised by big money and corporate influence requiring constant reformation; but the alternative, authoritarianism, is not the answer.

Prosecute anyone who encouraged, funded or participated in illegal acts against state and local governments. Exclude white nationalists and neo-Nazis from serving in law enforcement. We need to save our constitutional democracy from the dangerous authoritarian element Trump has emboldened.

Judy Freiberg, East Naples

Angry? Tell Republicans in Congress

Letters from your readers are condemning Trump and his acolytes, and some of this wrath is coming from disgruntled “lifelong Republicans,” many of whom want Trump out immediately.

I encourage these writers to pick up their pens (laptops or phones) and express their concerns to members of Congress, namely Scott, Rubio and Donalds. Until they and their GOP conspirators get your messages loud and clear and actually do something about it, the scourge that is our 45th president can continue to do damage to this country.

What can he do with the short time he has left? How about pardoning himself and all the deplorables who desecrated our nation’s Capitol and are being rounded up? 

It is time for the Republican Party to speak up and do its part to save our republic.

Larry Caldwell, Naples

Prove election fraud or admit lying

Seventy-some million may have voted for Trump’s re-election, but very few of them independently concluded Trump was defeated by a rigged election. That fantasy was a big lie concocted by Trump and perpetuated by his political enablers and their media. As a result, a mob attacked the Capitol.

It is time for a reckoning. For Trump, it is, hopefully, consignment to the trash heap of history.

The politicians who hope to continue to profit from the unrest and division they have created — Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Rick Scott, Byron Donalds, Mario Diaz-Balart and others across Florida and the nation — need to repudiate the lie of a rigged election and do so as loudly and as often as they formerly supported it.

If they stand behind Trump and his lie, they need to provide the so-far missing evidence to support the lie or at least walk us through a credible basis for their support. It is not a question of millions of people having their concerns addressed. It is now a question of those millions hearing the truth from their politicians that they have been lied to.

Actions have consequences. Elections apportion those consequences. I will remember who chose personal gain and party advantage over national welfare and the will of the people. I hope others will as well.

Michael Armstrong, Fort Myers area

‘Decline due to anger and intolerance’

I find it incredible that Trumpers stick with him no matter what. Our country’s core has been damaged and I’m not convinced it can be fixed.

I was a Republican once, because my father was. My mother was Republican because my father was and her mother was. Then I grew up, read what I wanted to read and experienced life. I realized slowly but surely that I’m not a Republican. I am not anything that being a Republican stands for.  

My son and his young family tried to lay on a beach he protects. He was a Marine, then in the Coast Guard and now works for Homeland Security. He and his family were told to leave the beach because it was owned by an association. This happened because Republicans passed a law to keep people off our beaches.  

I love my state, I love my country and I love this Earth. I realize how fragile all of it is and how very lucky all of us on this Earth are. Watching angry Americans storm our Capitol because they don’t like how peaceful Americans voted hurts my heart, and I feel like our country is in the throes of decline due to anger and intolerance prevailing.

Biden’s win gave me hope. The Georgia vote has me elated.

Jo Bordonaro, Bonita Springs

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