Give Trump a chance
After-election anger is blinding liberals and progressives to the golden opportunity they’ve just been handed.
Yes, your presidential candidate lost, and now many of you are so far blowing the chance to set the standard for how to act. It’s true some on the other side showed, over the past eight years, how not to act.
Yes, I know some of those same conservatives and reactionaries are now telling you not to throw the eight-year tantrum they did. But even though it goes against your basic instincts, please take their advice to accept the ’16 election results and give Trump and the Republican-led Congress a chance to do a great job. Yes, hold them accountable, but praise and support them when they do something good.
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The best revenge is teaching your opponents what real class looks like. And you get a great bonus: what’s best for our country.
Jack Bowen, Fort Worth
Chris Bell, former Democratic nominee for governor, wrote in his Sunday letter about working with President-elect Trump that his partisans should heed the words of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell in 2010: “The single most important thing we want is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
The partisan Bell omits McConnell’s follow-on: “I don’t want him to fail. I want him to change.”
Democrats should not throw rocks from the sideline, not blindly obstruct a new president as Bell advocates, but work with Republicans to moderate Trump’s proposals, as Republicans forced President Clinton to do in 1995-1996 — not try to be “rid of Donald Trump as soon as possible.”
An electorate exhausted and disgusted by partisanship should reject Democrats intent on being legislative saboteurs.
Michael Myers, Fort Worth
Without our Electoral College, our election would not be fair at all. The large urban areas such as New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles would be exclusively electing our leaders.
We are the United States! Most of our states would have no voice.
I wonder if those people who are protesting the Electoral College would be against our system if Hillary Clinton had won the electoral vote. I think not.
I am so disgusted with this past election, as the popular vote did not count and if it had the election would have turned out differently. As a result, let’s get rid of that Electoral College.
This election will have an impact on all of us because of the Supreme Court. The man President Obama nominated should be voted on in the Senate and seated.
Lois Campbell, Hurst
Not getting rid
Sunday’s Page 1 headline said, “Trump’s America: ‘Is it true? Tarrant County voted to get rid of us?’”
We the people did not vote to get rid of anyone. We voted for America.
We voted for a U.S. Constitution based on God’s word, by our forefathers, who, like us, were divided.
We “pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible …”
Now get off the streets and go to work.
Jack O. Lewis, Haltom City