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Letters: U.S. a laughingstock thanks to Trump; wise words from John Adams; Constitution not the problem

Trump, not Obama, has turned U.S. into laughingstock

It makes no difference whether or not the President is a white supremacist, a racist, a Russian pawn, or even a Nazi. His White House is corrupt, self-serving, and dishonest. If you kowtow to the Russian Premier, if your actions and words outside of prepared teleprompter speeches support white supremacy, if at a rally of your supporters you do not condemn “send her back” or, in the case of asylum seekers, “shoot them,” then you shirk your responsibility as an American, and in particular as the leader of the free world.

This man purports not to have a racist bone in his body, despite the fact that the Federal government sued him (and won) in a case involving Trump properties not renting to African Americans, and has told over 10 thousand outright lies and misrepresentations in his first 800 days in office.

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He, not Barack Obama as he has contended, is causing the United States to become a laughingstock among the countries of the world.

Nick St. Amant, Glyndon

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We have become what John Adams feared

Why are these mass murders a relatively new development? What has changed from 50 or so years ago.

A few words from John Adams.

“I agree with you that in politics the middle way is none at all.” — 23 March 1776 (We have too much compromised with pure evil.)

“There is nothing I dread So much, as a Division of the Republick into two great Parties, each arranged under its Leader, and concerting Measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble Apprehension is to be dreaded as the greatest political Evil, under our Constitution..” — 2 October 1780

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“Statesmen my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. . . . The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People ... They will only exchange Tyrants and Tyrannies.” — 21 June 1776

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever.” — 7 July 1775

“Because We have no Government armed with Power capable of contending with human Passions unbridled by ... morality and Religion. Avarice, Ambition and Revenge or Galantry, would break the strongest Cords of our Constitution as a Whale goes through a Net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — 11 October 1798

“The jaws of power are always open to devour ... the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing. ... Be not intimidated, therefore, by any terrors .... suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty, by any pretences of politeness, delicacy or decency. These as they are often used, are but three different names, for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.” — A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law (1765)

Fast forward 240 years — we have become the “any other” — over 60 million abortion-murders, cities hellholes of crime with police cursed not criminals, deny physical realities of our bodies and surgically mutilate ourselves and our children, kick God out of schools, government, media, and entertainment, corrupt courts push it all, and the purveyors of these evils spread an unrelenting hatred.

James Judge, Westminster

The problem is not the Constitution

The claim that our Constitution “stopped working long ago” by Gary Foote as stated in his July 29 letter to the editor, is of great concern. Our Constitution has been recognized as a work of genius and its concepts modeled the world over. Although it was immediately evident from the beginning that it was not perfect, provision for change was devised. It has undergone 27 amendments and Article V states “The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem necessary, shall propose amendments to this constitution,…”. So, change can be accommodated. He does acknowledge a crucial truth when he refers to “We the people.” Someone once stated, “As the people go, so goes the nation.”

Although this was a promise to ancient Israel, it is appropriate for today: "If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chron 7:14

Wayne Butcher, Hampstead

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