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)
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