To the editor:

Listening to the singing of our National Anthem at the NBA game in Toronto the other night brought to mind the answer Benjamin Franklin offered a lady who asked, “Well doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” “A republic,” he responded, “if you can keep it.”

As the singer beautifully belted out the words “land of the free and home of the brave,” I thought of the repression of voting rights, the inability of Congress to uphold its oversight responsibility and President Trump, who avoided military service during the Vietnam War, insisting that he alone can and will decide how to solve domestic and foreign policy problems.

Let’s face it, we have a president who is unbridled, an embarrassment, who defies the motifs of his own political party, thumbs his nose at our political traditions and publicly engages in insults with opponents here and abroad.

So it would appear today, after all the sacrifices made over almost 300 years by brave heroes on the battlefields here and abroad and by those who died here in the fight for equal rights and justice, that we are closer to an autocracy than a republic.

As we remembered the 75th anniversary of D-Day this past Thursday, let us seriously reflect on what all that sacrifice was for. Let us insist that all elected officials live up to their oath to support the Constitution rather than their political party.

GERALD N. DAVIS

Chatham

Out to get Trump

To the editor:

If the Democrats in Congress really wanted to have former special counsel Robert Mueller testify, he would have by now.

This is just a political power play. If they had any real evidence of wrong doing by the President they would have charged him by now. They hate this president and suspect he has done something but have no proof. Mueller clearly has his suspicions but again, no real proof.

But the congressional Democrats want to proceed with this farcical impeachment movement. Again, just a political power play. And by doing so, are demonstrating a complete disregard for the needs of the common citizen.

If the Democrats were truly concerned about the situation on our southern boarder they could have acted to correct it long ago. Instead of proposing any corrective measures, they have stood in the way preventing any action proposed by this president regardless of what it is. Yet again, they are just milking the situation to gain a political advantage despite the needs of this nation and its citizens.

I say we should hold all of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, in contempt, make no further donations to any of them, cancel their ridiculous medical coverage and retirement pensions they receive and, of course, vote them all out of office.

HARVEY O. MINNICK Jr.

Danville

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