Abraham Lincoln purportedly said, “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
Our nation’s 2018 charlatan-in-chief indeed seems to be fooling some of the people all the time, but the United States is still a democracy. By our votes Nov. 6 we have the chance to tell Donald Trump — even he says this election is a referendum on him — that it’s unacceptable for a U.S. president to:
- Be a bully and name-caller
- Mock a victim of sexual assault
- Lie constantly (well over 5,000 documented falsehoods in 21 months)
- Cozy up to tyrants (Trump himself is clearly a dictator wannabe)
- Demonize the media in a free country
- Extol, misleadingly, 2017 tax cuts that benefit just the top third of the U.S. population
- Separate young children from parents
The list goes on.
I’ll have to acknowledge that Trump is actually good at two things: making the rich richer and pandering to his GOP base. My dictionary defines “pander” as “cater basely.” And that’s the genteel definition.
Fortunately, there are positive alternatives. I’ll name just three: Mel Hall for U.S. 2nd District representative, Joe Donnelly for U.S. senator, and Paul Steury for Elkhart County Council.
Hall served as a minister in the inner city and headed a successful healthcare-analytics business, Donnelly cast a courageous vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, and Steury is a man of integrity with a skillset needed in county leadership.
— Dan Shenk, Goshen