Another Letter to the Editor by Larry

The last legitimately elected Republican President was Dwight D. Eisenhower. Richard Nixon committed treason in order to be elected. Nixon’s own records show that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them to refuse a cease-fire brokered by President Johnson. This prolonged the war in Viet Nam and cost the lives of thousands of Americans and Vietnamese. Nixon’s interference violated the 1797 Logan Act, banning private citizens from intruding into official government negotiations with a foreign nation.

In 1980, President Carter reached a deal with newly-elected Iranian President Bani-Sadr over the release of the hostages held by radical students at the American Embassy in Tehran. Behind Carter’s back, the Reagan campaign led by George H.W. Bush and Robert MacFarlane, made a secret deal with Ayatollah Khomeini – to keep the hostages in captivity until after the 1980 Presidential election.

By the end of his corrupt Presidency, 138 Reagan administration officials had been convicted, had been indicted, or had been the subject of official investigations for official misconduct and/or criminal violations. In terms of number of officials involved, the record of his administration was the worst ever.

George W. Bush did not gain the presidency as a result of a popular mandate. Not only did Bush lose the popular vote nationally, he would have lost the popular vote in Florida had not five US Supreme Court justices questionably intervened to overturn an order of the Florida high court and stop the counting of votes in that pivotal state. Bush clearly was not elected president, he was selected by judicial fiat.

In 2016, 90,000,000 eligible voters did not vote. While Hillary Clinton had several million more actual votes, Trump’s 30% of the eligible voters happened to be in states with more Electoral College votes. By now most people with any sense recognize how ill-suited Trump is to be President. The ineptitude of Trump is clear from the fact that in his first year in office there has been a record number of staff turnover, with 34 percent of the administration resigning, being reassigned or being fired.

However, Trump is a symptom of the mendacious Republican agenda. The Republican agenda includes among many other inhumane ideas the repeal of all federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the Federal Election Commission, the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid, opposition of any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, the repeal of the Social Security system, the opposition of all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes, the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency, the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration, the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration, the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Republican agenda is to keep most of the American people poor, sick, uneducated, unorganized and non-voters.

It’s time for everyone to vote in the next election. Time to take out the trash.

 

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