There are too many points to counter in Mr. William Melvin’s letter of January 13, 2021. But I’ll highlight a few. He’s right, the world turned upside down — when Donald Trump was made Republican nominee for President of the United States. Now we have:
People caring for one another is called socialism.
People wanting to ignore the Constitution and its amendments, which state representatives shall be apportioned “…counting the whole number of persons in each State…”. Not whole number of citizens or any other group or portion of the whole.
People, including the current president, touting that an election was “rigged,” that “illegal” people (who is illegal? Non-citizens? Prisoners? Dead people? Who?) voted, when election official after election official and judge after judge and governor after governor state clearly and plainly that there was no fraud that would overturn the most recent presidential election.
A president who lies, inventing lies, stealing lies from conspiracy theorists hiding behind names like “QAnon.” More appalling is the gross number of people who believe him and the theorists.
People who see no bigotry in our country. People who don’t know their history well enough or are unwilling to learn how our social and political system has kept a number of non-White, and non-hetero persons from equality in education, voting, advancement, decent jobs, decent neighborhoods.
People so set in their ways they are unable to see that things “changing” around them have been there all along, but society has kept them hidden and ashamed. Until love and understanding takes hold and says, “it’s OK to be who you are.”
People who do not see that their tax dollars are going to waste when multiple investigations of Hillary Clinton and then Joe Biden and his son found no wrongdoing, and yet Republicans insist on more and more investigations hoping just the media attention will make the public believe “if there’s smoke there must be fire,” when in fact there is no smoke and there was never any fire.
In June 2020 a report of US Customs and Border Protection Summary: CBP arrests on average in a single day 23 wanted criminals and “encountered” 790 inadmissible persons at ports of entry. Evidently, everyone’s not going free.
A virus isn’t a person so it can’t be Chinese, American, English …. It’s just a virus. Calling it “Chinese” is being intentionally insulting to the people of that country and culture, which is most likely what the president intended.
Wake up America, is right. The great unsinkable ship Titanic America hit an iceberg when it elected Donald Trump in 2016 and has been taking on water ever since. A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected (Donald Trump) and cronies with no experience are put in cabinet and other positions of authority. Where a president can incite an insurrection based on completely ludicrous and false claims, continue to state he has done no wrong, and people still support him and refuse to punish him.