Each day brings a new story of protests around the country; masked and hooded are the culprits of the so-called peaceful protests that end in looting, burning and sometimes murder. The major media outlets call these events challenging times and soothe the viewership with phrases like, “We’re all in this together.”
The media portray this as the new normal and we are living in unprecedented times, and suggest that we should adjust to the lawlessness, pillaging and violence against police.
I live by a creed that I adopted from an old John Wayne movie and it has served me well the past 40 years of my adult life. I forward it to the readership for consideration in these unsettled times.
“I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
In Trump’s own words
In the Bob Woodward interviews Donald Trump stated on Feb. 7, “It goes through the air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things, right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one.” Also, “It’s really more deadly than you, you know, you — even your strenuous flu. This is more deadly. This is 5% versus 1% and less than 1%, you know? So this is deadly stuff.”
Three weeks later Trump told a South Carolina crowd, “The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. … They tried the impeachment hoax. This is their new hoax.”
On Sept. 14 the Trump campaign held an indoor rally in Nevada attended by thousands, without face masks and ignoring social distancing. Asked if he was concerned about spreading the virus, Trump said, “I’m on a stage, and its very far away and so I’m not at all concerned.”
On April 13 Trump told Woodward, “This thing is a killer if it gets you. If you’re the wrong person, you don’t have a chance.” Also, COVID-19 “rips you apart.” On April 10, when protesters with combat weapons gathered around various state capitols to denounce measures aimed at controlling the spread of the virus, Trump encouraged them, tweeting “Liberate Michigan!” “Liberate Minnesota!” and “Liberate Virginia!”
Beyond negligence, the Woodward interviews reveal someone who appears to be intently promoting the proliferation of the virus while fully aware of the conceivable consequences.
Sen. John Cornyn offers nothing but empty promises and political games for Latinos in Texas. He’s superficially promised border communities he’s committed to fixing our broken immigration system, but the truth is he’s repeatedly sabotaged attempts for bipartisan immigration reform.
Sen. Cornyn is all talk and no action for Dreamers. He’s done nothing to protect them and has instead voted against key protections. He says things like, “These young people deserve better” when the cameras are rolling, but then goes behind closed doors and uses Dreamers as a bargaining chip to secure funds for his border wall — it’s simply outrageous.
Sen. Cornyn has also weaponized race-baiting rhetoric for his political gain. Last year, the senator tweeted about how population growth of Hispanics is outpacing that of non- Hispanic white people in Texas. Are we seriously to believe that wasn’t a signal to stoke fear against us?
But how can we expect Sen. Cornyn to be a fighter for border communities when he has taken more than $90,800 in political contributions from private detention PACs and executives?
Sen. Cornyn isn’t a fighter for Latino communities, and he doesn’t have my vote this November.
Recent letter spurs response
A letter from Imelda Coronado appeared Sept. 14 in The Monitor. It was amazing. Here are some quotes: “President Trump has never failed in his quest to stop COVID-19 to save lives.” He said nothing from January through mid-March, even though he knew about the virus and was in denial about its severity.
She further states that “the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan found that 50% fewer people died when treated with hydroxychloroquine.” According to the Detroit News, “‘The Henry Ford Hospital study that was published was a non-controlled retrospective cohort study that was confounded by a number of issues, including the fact that many people who were receiving hydroxychloroquine were also using corticosteroids, which we know from another study gives a clear benefit in reducing deaths with advanced disease,” said (Dr. Anthony) Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert advising the White House on the coronavirus response.”
Coronado then states that it was the politicization by others that made all of Trump’s delays and misinformation excusable and that he is a caring president who “is relentless in pursuing the health protection of Americans.”
The only thing he cares about is himself, his election and destroying the Affordable Care Act.
Yes, COVID-19 was politicized, by Trump. And yes, there is responsibility for people’s deaths on his head.
President Donald Trump has promoted a fatalistic view of COVID-19 and climate change. Regarding COVID-19 deaths, he said: “It is what it is.” Notably, the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population, but more than 20% of its coronavirus deaths.
With respect to hurricane damage in Texas, Trump once asserted: “You’ve had tremendous storms in Texas for many decades, and for many centuries, and that’s the way it is.”
Now, in the face of conclusive contradictory evidence, President Trump blames devastating western wildfires primarily on forest management.
According to physicist Phillip B. Duffy, president of the Woodwell Climate Research Center, “Fundamentally the science is very, very simple. Warmer and drier conditions create drier fuel. What would have been a fire easily extinguished now just grows very quickly and becomes out of control.”
Government is incapable of dealing with crises when it exclusively chooses the evidence that fits its beliefs. On Nov. 3, let’s vote for candidates who respect science.
Hales Corners, Wis.
Trump failed us
Ms. Imelda Coronado claims President Trump has never failed America in his quest to stop COVID-19 and save lives in his relentless pursuit to protect America’s health (Letters, Sept. 14). She also claims that if people had listened to Trump about the use of hydroxychloroquine, 50% more lives would have been saved.
If Trump had disclosed in February that he knew COVID-19 was a very deadly virus, which he didn’t, many families might not have lost their grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, brother, sister, son our daughter. How many families lost both their parents because of his claims that he didn’t want to cause a panic? How many families were denied the chance to say goodbye to their love ones? How many families anguish because they have a love one who has been infected and spent sleepless nights because they don’t know if they will survive the virus?
My grandson became infected in August. At the time he was only 15 months old. Thank God the only symptom he had was diarrhea. It was one of the hardest two weeks for us, worrying if he was going to get through it.
The only person who has blood on his hands is President Trump. He knew way before Americans started to get infected, and yet he still claimed it was a hoax.
Even worse, the Trump administration edited CDC reports about how bad the COVID-19 has been to help Trump politically. The only betrayal has been on Trump’s part to America.