Enough is enough. We must come to our senses and face the truth of the situation. I have spent 21 years of my life as an officer in the United States Army. I have served and reported personally to presidents. I have had assignments in Europe, Canada, the Middle East, and served as a delegate to NATO, as well as the Pentagon. I never dreamed that I would ever have to write this letter, but after everything that has happened, I am compelled to speak. We are experiencing a devastating and frightening crisis as a nation. We can no longer make excuses.
We have elected a president who has disgraced us to our allies and the other nations of the world. We have elected a president who has fundamentally weakened the future of NATO. We have elected a president who has protected and admired dictators and enemies of our state.
As recent events revealed, the president is compromised and unfit to hold the office. He owes more than $400 million that he cannot pay, which comes due during the next administration. He even accepted more than $73 million from foreign nations during his first two years in office. He has cheated and lied on his income taxes for more than twenty years, paying less than most hard-working Americans. Simply put, he has defrauded the American people.
As the president lied about the severity of the coronavirus, thousands died. Even knowing the severity of the disease, he has continued to mislead and cast doubt. He has tried to discredit anyone who disagrees or exposes his lies, from top doctors fighting this virus, to former members of his cabinet who had the decency to speak the truth. In every action he has taken, from separating children from their families, to viciously pursuing legal action to destroy legislation that protects those of us who have preexisting health conditions, he puts himself and his interests first. He is amoral, corrupt, and totally self-serving. No president in the history of the United States deserves another term less than this president.
No one can run from these facts and realizations. No candidate can run as a Republican with Trump at the top of the ticket without condoning Trump’s corruption and immorality. Trump is the Republican Party. I could not vote for any council member, supervisor, or delegate who is running as a Republican because that candidate is either agreeing with, or excusing, the fraud, immorality, and lies of this president. If you are a candidate supporting and voting for Trump, you do not deserve the privilege to serve the citizens of Winchester or Frederick County.
Candidates who accept and encourage corruption and self- serving interests do not deserve your vote. As a former Republican for many years, I now implore you to vote the Democratic ticket. We need to take back our country so we can restore the dignity of the United States and once again stand as an example of democracy to the rest of the world.
Robert Sigl, Lt. Col., Retired, United State Army, is a resident of Frederick County.