Letter: Act, speak out, to save our republic

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To the editor:

We are teetering on the edge of no longer being a republic/democracy that is guided/governed by the rule of law. The current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is now dictating what laws he will and will not follow. His reach has seemingly corrupted the office of the attorney general, secretary of state, and for now, most members of the Republican Party. It appears that their oath to protect and defend the Constitution has been supplanted by a pledge to protect and defend President Trump, choosing him over all of us.

Our forefathers could never have imagined that so many in Congress would succumb to such a level of blind loyalty. That is why they brilliantly created separate but co-equal branches of government. Under reasonable conditions, Trump's abuse of power and overreach would have been checked long ago by the House and Senate. But these are times when reason seems to be paralyzed, if you can find it at all!

Reason could still prevail if Senate Republicans would find their voice, yet their continued collective silence is tragic and telling. That is why, in part, we have a dictator in the White House who is acting as if he is above the law, beyond reproach in his "great and unmatched wisdom" making unilateral decisions that benefit him or his family business rather than our country.

A devastating decision he made after a single phone call to the leader/dictator of Turkey to pull our troops from Syria opened the door for Turkey to slaughter our allies in defeating ISIS, the Kurds. Then he lied (again) when he said that he "consulted everyone" when, in fact, he had not! That finally drew criticism from the Republicans, but I fear it is too little, too late. Their collective silence has nurtured and helped to create this impulsive, irrational, erratic president. And while the Democrats continue to investigate the president, continue to call people with pertinent information and facts to testify, he and his mini-me's continue to belligerently stonewall their attempts to get at the truth by ordering them not to testify. Is that not obstruction? Meanwhile, every day, every hour that passes, draws us closer to irreparable damage to our country, the rule of law and the way of life that we have known.

This is not the time to be silent or stay on the sidelines watching. Please write, call, make a sign, talk with others, form a group, donate to someone you believe will stop this madness. The president and Congress work for us. Please let them know how you feel and what you think. Your voice will make a difference. Our republic needs you. Now.

Randy Wallingford,

Pittsfield

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