Beacons of fact and clarity

Dear Editor:

I have come to regard Hugh Bowden as “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness.” His commentaries and letters are beacons of fact and clarity in an age of lies and chaos. In a recent letter to The American [May 3, 2018], he laments Sen. Collins’ failure “to speak out, loudly” against Trump and his systematic deconstruction of our republic.

America is in the grip of willful, belligerent ignorance. Every day the institutions of our democracy are eroded by lies, greed, self-interest and cowardice. Bowden rightly observes that it is only Republican senators who can counter the national debacle visited on America by Trump and his minions.

The chief architect of our dysfunction is Sen. McConnell, whose goals morphed from making Obama a one-term president, to blocking Obama’s agenda even on issues originally embraced by Republicans, to the mugging of Merrick Garland, and, recently, to his refusal to bring to a floor vote the bipartisan bill to protect Robert Mueller. McConnell fears the “gullible millions out in the hinterlands” (as Bowden writes) who worship Trump. For that and more, he is a feckless coward. Sen. Collins, you see the antics of Trump, Giuliani, Hannity and their ilk. In your heart, you must know the danger they pose to our republic. So I ask, senator, where do you stand? What do you hold dearer than the republic bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers?

Margaret Chase Smith said when she challenged demagogue and fellow Republican Joseph McCarthy: “standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.” The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer gave his life for his beliefs. He said: “Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” History is watching, Senator.

Alan Lieberman


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