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Letters: Biden’s first actions not bringing nation together; No one can repair Trump’s damage in days or weeks | COMMENTARY

Biden’s first actions not bringing nation together

I think the last time I agreed with a Democrat was 2004. John Edwards was running for president against John Kerry and said at an event, “we live in two Americas.” While I likely chuckled at the time, if we take an honest look at America in the aftermath of the recent contentious election, Edwards’ words ring true today. There has always been rich and poor on both sides. And the country certainly is divided by red and blue, conservative and liberal. We have Fox and News Max vs. CNN and MSNBC.

But we are also hived off by geography to some extent. I recently read in David French’s book,”Divided We Fall,” that in 1980 there were about 400 landslide counties in which one candidate whooped the other. But that only accounted for 4% of the vote. In 2020, there were roughly 1,700 landslide counties accounting for 35% of the vote. Here’s a quote from that book: “If it feels like Republicans and Democrats are living in different worlds, it’s because they are. There are few places in America where one tribe of voters is likely to encounter the other. Predominantly white, rural areas are solid Republican; urban areas are dominated by Democrats.”

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That said, I question how exactly Joe Biden’s plea to now come together as a nation is going so far.

Impeaching Trump for a second time is bound to excite the 70 million who voted for the man. I don’t think there’s even a slim chance the Dems will get 68 votes in the Senate to convict. All they’re going to do is stir the rage pot even more. Why not impeach all the founders who were presidents because they had slaves? Or maybe impeach Lincoln because he temporarily suspended habeas corpus. After all, he was a Republican. Woodrow Wilson was an unabashed racist but he’s OK because he was a Democrat. On and on we go with the childishness!

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Then there’s the Keystone Pipeline closure. I’m sure shutting it down thrills the thousands who will immediately lose their jobs, albeit temporary jobs. At least China will be happy because Canada will just sell the oil to them.

Finally there’s the Paris Climate Accord. By coughing up $500 billion a year toward the plan, every U.S. citizen will, in effect, contribute $1,500 per year. China, the worst polluter in the world, gets a pass until 2030.

All this and we’re just beginning the Biden presidency. At least there will be plenty of fodder for us deplorables to opine about. “Come on man, let’s go.”

Dave Price

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No one can repair Trump’s damage in days or weeks

Patience! Patience, a gift we wish all of us could practice. Unfortunately, it’s a trait few of us really use. We seem to be in a time when we all want everything yesterday.

For the past four years we have had to live with Donald Trump — a racist and a narcissist. The only things Trump sowed were discordance, distrust, and dishonesty. He demanded (not asked) for four more years. The only people Trump admired and wanted to emulate were the dictators of our world. Do you really think four more years would have been enough?

Trump wanted to make our country “great” again(?). Trump’s world fell off its pedestal when we dared to elect a Black president. We fell even further in 2012 when we dared to reelect President Obama. Trump believed he was God’s answer to our “devastated,” impure world. If our world was so bad, why did so many nations desire to copy our democratic model?

Now we have again courageously dared to remain a democracy! We have elected President Biden and Vice-President Harris (a woman of color!).

No one can repair Trump’s damage in just a few days or a few weeks. President Biden is zeroing in on our most pressing problems — COVID-19 and the economy. And it is a war. Maybe we will win this war or maybe we’ll only arrive at a truce. Either way, it will be a major improvement! But let’s give him a chance. We gave Trump four years to try to destroy us; Let’s give President Biden his four years to help us grow.

Eileen Kowalski

Union Bridge

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