We need strong leadership, not tyranny

Marie Vanderbeck, Pittsboro
Posted 6/5/20

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We need strong leadership, not tyranny

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To the editor:

George Floyd of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was lying face down, with his hands cuffed behind him and an officer of the law ­— an armed “brave” officer of the law — deemed it right to kneel on the back of his neck until the life was snuffed out of him. Unspeakable and cowardly brutality perpetrated by police who are supposed to keep law and order. All this, while three other “brave” officers watched and did nothing.

Now, we have Donald Trump, who is putting his knee on the back of the necks of Americans until what? We die? We bow down to him? We evolve into a catastrophic civil uprising with his provoking and permission? What? And all the while his Congressional supporters watch and do nothing!

Trump is making a mockery of our democratic system and so are his sycophant supporters who endorse his conspiracy theories. These are intelligent people who know he is wrong but continue to bow down before him because if they don’t they may lose their powerful jobs or be talked about in disgrace with, of course, no evidence of any wrongdoing. The people who speak out against him get fired. He causes pain and suffering on anyone who doesn’t agree with him either by vindictively smearing their good name or humiliating them with childish name-calling.

We need our two-party government. We need good Republicans and good Democrats. But only brave people who will stand up against his vulgarity, lying and cheap innuendos.

Thomas Jefferson once famously wrote, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

Remember, we the people, have given Trump and his Congressional supporters the power and the approval to behave this way.

That’s the President we the people — or some of the people — elected.

Let’s not do it again.


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