Editor:

I read the letters to the editor in last week’s Tribune from Dr. Ron Paul and a private citizen, Mr. Don Burt, MSG, USA (ret.) and I have to say, quite frankly, these letters disgusted me.

Where have our moral values gone?

I don’t care what religious faith citizens elect to follow, according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, the atrocities we have all been witnesses to over the last four years, especially to the immigrants crossing the southern U.S. border, was nothing short of inhumane – imprisonment, separation from their children, all for a chance to escape from tyranny.

I guess the inscription on the scroll held by Lady Liberty in New York needs to be updated to reflect the current state of affairs in America.

We will all wear the stain of not standing up for justice for all. What a shame on all of us for allowing those actions at the border to have been committed in the first place.

In World War II, the United States imprisoned the Japanese-Americans in the same manner out of fear. America and the Allied Forces fought in World War II against Nazi Germany and the Nazi Party for crimes committed on the Jewish Nation.

Does anyone remember the Nuremburg Trials at the end of World War II?

America and the Allies knew then what was morally inhumane and death committed to the Jewish nation. What is different today that we have, by silence, signed up to condone these inhumane actions to immigrants and their issues over the last four years?

As a citizen of the United States, I believe in the Constitution of the United States Freedom of Speech, especially the right to vote, assemble peacefully and protest against the government for grievances the citizens believe has been bought down on them unjustly.

However, the Jan. 6 insurrection that exploded in front of our eyes, that we all saw on television, was nothing but what it was – a perceived “dictator” wanted to attack the United States Capitol building in full knowledge of what was going to happen – Donald Trump had planned for this event for months while losing more than 60 court cases to overthrow the election, and all at the cost of all tax payers.

Make no mistake, this was an attempt to overthrow the Untied States government and history will bear this truth out in the future.

To know that there are people within America that still believe that our former president, Trump, was operating under the premise of “America First” was truly was putting America first – it was a great campaign speech but, absolutely false.

For the record (as history will record and historians will teach in schools for decades to come), Trump operated for himself and what he and his family could reap the benefits of and at the expense of the citizens of the United States.

What Trump was able to accomplish was to destroy the image of the United States of America, especially our democratic value systems, to the world. With great effort, our standing with the rest of the world can be restored but it will take a great deal of time to regain our position as a true leader of Freedom and Democracy to the rest of the world.

When I joined the US Army, I also took the same oath to the Constitution as Mr. Burt mentioned in his signing of his title, in his letter. Words that I spoke that day included that I would, “Defend the Constitution against all enemies, Foreign and/or Domestic.”

In my military career, I had the great honor to say that oath twice over my 21-year career in the United States Army.

What I saw on Jan. 6 was nothing short of an insurrection, spurred on by the sitting President of the United States – a man who deserted his oath. Those Republicans who stood by their oath, did the right thing to vote to impeach the president. In doing so, they are now being persecuted by their own party.

Are we not a country of the people, by the people, and for the people? Are we now simply Republicans or Democrat?

In condoning the insurrection and claiming Senate Republicans could not vote to impeach because Trump was no longer in office was a lie. The senate had a vote before the start of the impeachment trial and the right to hold a former official to account was passed on a (55-45) vote – end of discussion.

For those Republicans who, by not voting to impeach, after all the evidence was presented – evidence in his own words, tweets, actions, and lies he perpetrated to the American people for months after the election was and is criminal.

It is my fervent hope that Trump and all insurrectionists from the attack on Jan. 6 will receive punishment for their actions through the criminal justice system – something the Republicans in the Senate could not do.

As a citizen of the United States, I have the right to voice my opinion as an American, especially one who defended the right for all citizens to do the same – peacefully.

We are all citizens of the United States of America. Let’s not turn over our rights to vote (which is bestowed to every citizen under the Constitution), not to only Republicans or Democrats.

By the way, I have no party affiliation – I vote for the best candidate – man or woman – no matter what political party he or she claims to be with.

For the record, Republicans and Democrats are not people like you and me. Republicans and Democrats are a social party where you, a citizen of the United States, elect and select to be your party affiliation based on collective values, morals, common goals and objectives.

Don’t let any political party or individual take away your right to vote from you.

Michael J. Kalil, MAJ, US Army (Ret)

2039 Hickory Trail NE

(8) comments

CLP

You have a very skewed idea about President Trump. He had done everything to help the American people. Without any evidence to support your statement that all of his programs were to benefit his family, you forgot to mention he lost $3 billion of his personal wealth while serving as President. And lecturing us on WWII, you forgot Operation Paperclip where the Armed services took SS scientists (including Von Braun) who worked in the camps or used labor from them but we took these Nazis and elevated them. We are not a perfect nation. Sometimes we stumble, sometimes we fall but we keep trying. As for the January 6th "riot", the evidence is pointing back at some members of Congress, not Trump, i.e. someone in Congress ok'd a tour for these Antifa/rioters THE DAY BEFORE the "riot;" officials in charge of Capitol security refused troops to guard the Capitol that day, including sending some Capitol police officers home early; the time problem between Trump's speech and when the rioters entered the Capitol showed the rioters were inside long before the speech was concluded and before the crowd could walk the distance to the Capitol. You say you support free speech, well Trump had the Constitutional right to say this election was stolen. Have you been watching the evidence coming out that corroborates that? Sorry sir and I guess thank you for your service but perhaps you should ask people other than Trump supporters where "their" morals have gone.

TMT

very good CLP. Nice to see a common sense post. Cowards like Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman have hurt this nation. They see things as they envision them instead of the truth. President Trump requested 10k National guard before this event. That request was denied.. wonder why?

PaulT

In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a delusion is defined as: A false belief based on incorrect inference about external reality that is firmly sustained despite what almost everybody else believes and despite what constitutes incontrovertible and obvious proof or evidence to the contrary.

If you have insurance, you may be able to get somebody to talk to you.

PaulT

In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a delusion is defined as: A false belief based on incorrect inference about external reality that is firmly sustained despite what almost everybody else believes and despite what constitutes incontrovertible and obvious proof or evidence to the contrary.

If you have insurance, you may be able to get somebody to talk to you.

TheQuestion

Trump only did things that made him look good. He’s a narcissist. No matter how much evidence there was of his wrongdoing, it was always “false news” because we “care so much about making him look bad” that we’d “make it up.” The man to whom he was talking when he said his money allowed him to sexually assault women was disgraced and fired. Trump, who actually made the statement, saw no repercussions whatsoever. It’s clear that MAGAts don’t actually care about morals. They care about being superior and being right. They will say whatever it takes to “prove” their point, even if it disproves them and shows their obvious lack of investment in education beyond the eighth grade.

John W.

Spot on, sir! May the hand of God be for you.

TMT

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi could not have said it better. I disagree with your ASSUMPTION. [thumbdown]

PaulT

They couldn't have said it better because what he said is 100% verifiable as the truth. But, you know- keep entertaining yourself.

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