I am writing to add my two cents worth to the Donald Trump phenomenon ("GOP is right to fear Trump," March 23). Both parties sell themselves as big tents when the edges on those tents are so sharp the only way they could be big is if they go very high in the sky. Ever since the days of the Moral Majority, I have been arguing for the invisible middle as the underrepresented group.

Finally, Mr. Trump has tapped into the unrepresented "middle majority" that has been ignored by the polarized party system. We in the middle are sick of hearing the same elect-me issues with each new cycle from the same people who promised to fix them in all of the prior cycles. We are sick of kick-the-can and hope the political winds will change. We are sick at pointing the finger at the opposing party as if it absolves them of any guilt.

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We are also sick of the Supreme Court ruling that interpreted free speech to mean the more money you have the more "speech" you get. This opened the door to the Koch brothers on the Republican side and George Soros on the Democratic side spending tons of their fortunes to influence the outcome of elections.

The Republicans are making speech after speech pretending they understand the public's dislike of Washington insiders all the while they are very openly stonewalling the nomination of Merrick Garland. I have sent a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley pointing out that all of Judge Garland's rulings have been based on his interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. I asked him if his party is insisting on a justice who does this, what is wrong with this nominee? I then asked if what they really wanted was a justice who makes up laws from the bench that favor his party? I can't wait to hear his answer on that one.

I explained to him the reason I like Mr. Trump in spite of all his warts is that he is the only chance in decades to give the middle a voice. As to the enormous effort to deride the candidate (which Mr. Trump claims could cause riots), I say Mr. Trump has used the incorrect words. Being one of his biggest supporters there will be no derailing him as we fully intend to write him in in the general election should the Republicans opt to negate a fair election process.

Steven Davidson, New Windsor

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