State of politics
How oblivious is the Republican Party, wondering how Donald Trump took over?
It’s apparent. The GOP did nothing to stop the lack of decorum toward our president: birthers ranting about a false Kenyan birth and Muslim religion, yelling out “You lie!” at the State of the Union address, and even now refusing to let him nominate a Supreme Court justice.
Now the Republican Party is gnashing its teeth and wondering what happened.
Are you kidding me? When you encourage lies and incivility and let the crazies speak for you, don’t be surprised when they take over.
Mark Bauer, Colleyville
The political campaigns have highlighted the anger, disappointment, frustration and dissatisfaction of Americans.
While the candidates look at others, we need to look at ourselves. We need to step back and critique the road that we as a society are on and how we’re raising our children.
We’ve abandoned our God, murdered thousands of babies, embraced a drug culture, glorified homosexuality, approved immorality, lowered our morals, engaged in corruption, glorified lying and the taking of life.
We don’t have the maturity to admit our errors. We blame somebody else like a spoiled child.
We have forgotten what made this the greatest country on Earth. We are on a very slippery slope.
Wyman Bess, Roanoke
In 1925, Adolf Hitler published his first volume of Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”).
He promised the German people that he would make Germany great again. His party was called the National Socialists. In these volumes, Hitler outlined everything that he intended to accomplish.
His scapegoat was the Jews, but later he added other “undesirables.”
Racial hatred was brought to fever pitch in Germany, and by 1942 death camps were already in operation.
Why are we so shocked then to see so many hate groups campaigning? The Third Reich can easily be repeated. Read and never forget The Rise and Fall Of The Third Reich by William L. Shirer.
Jackie Bell, River Oaks
In this political season, we’ve heard presidential contenders speak of their religion. Using one’s faith to secure political ends raises the question of the authenticity of the candidate’s professed belief.
At least one candidate felt the need to wave his Bible. As a voter, I don’t need to see his Bible. I need to see evidence of his Christian faith in his life and campaign.
During this campaign, the media has referred to “evangelicals” without really identifying them. Most of us assume they’re church-going folks.
Data from a variety of polling sources show that the leading GOP candidate has huge backing from “evangelicals.” In this case, they’re identified as 91 percent white, 58 percent male and 43 percent with a high school education or less.
They’re responding to a campaign in which it’s OK to hate Mexicans and Muslims. They believe our president is a “secret Muslim.” To many of these voters, “Make America Great Again” means “Make America White Again.” Bigotry is at the core of this campaign.
Considering their supposed biblical faith, how do these evangelicals explain their candidate choice?
How do TV ministers and pastors explain their endorsements?
Loveta Eastes, Benbrook
I wonder if Donald Trump has security clearance.
If so, at what level?
If not, when in the election process does a presidential candidate receive the necessary screening for highest-level security clearance?
Dan Smith, Fort Worth