The 2016 election showed the great divide that exists in our country. Nowhere is this more evident than in Michael Gable’s Oct. 9 letter, “Trump in 2020,” where he states: “Now you know exactly how many of us felt about Barack Obama.”
I get that Obama’s administration made more use of the power of government to impact people’s lives. I get that folks who don’t need assistance or feel that their position in society affords them a special place will resent the intrusion of their government. I also get that there is a demographic shift taking place in our country. The young are replacing the old and those young are coming in darker tones, speak in different tongues, and don’t always agree with “what is,” and want to create something new. I get that we become fearful and anxious when faced with change.
I thought long and hard before I voted for Hillary Clinton. I voted for her convinced that she was a better and wiser person than Trump; that she would lead this country through these changes. I voted for her in the hope of a better future for our children, not because of fears of how changes in society would affect me now.
How did the millions of Trump supporters lose the power to think beyond their fears? How can they in good conscience compare the Obama administration — protected the environment, sought an equitable protection for the medical needs of the poor, and managed to keep the United States out of another long and protracted war — versus the sacking of the protections on the environment and schools, incessant war against immigrants and the criminal and treasonous actions that is the Trump administration?
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Far from “savoring his re-election in 2020,” please face your fears and vote your conscience. Vote as an American looking confidently toward the future; lose your fears and move beyond the past.