What are we teaching our children?

Great concern for the future welfare of our country moves me to address this issue. We should be concerned with the rhetoric that is constantly in the media. The insults, vulgar language, blatant lies and racial slurs are taken in like sponges by our youth.

What are we teaching our children? What are we doing to the values of our country?

I grew up with a generation that was taught that to live in peace and be a good contributing citizen one needed to adopt certain virtues. Perhaps virtue is not the most descriptive term. Our parents, church and many community leaders live by values of honesty, loyalty to family and country, responsibility and respect for one another.

This model is under attack.

The most enduring model of values comes from the top; maybe not enduring but prevalent, loud and influential. The constant lies and manipulating the truth are bound to affect our youth in the process of developing their own values.

President Trump’s constant attacks on the media and all who express an opinion contrary to his political position have taken their toll on the ever-increasing animosity in our country. He claims to be a “stable genius,” but where is his common sense?

Leaders at the different branches of government at the national, state and local levels rely on those with the expertise and knowledge to advise and provide possible solutions. President Trump claims to know better than the generals in spite of the fact that he has not served one day in the military. He avoided the draft for four to five years.

Many times he has refused to take advice from his closest advisers. His attitude portrays an individual who thinks he knows better than anyone on any given issue.

Someone needs to explain in slow detail that he was elected president, not dictator.

Ricardo R. Chapa, McAllen

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