Letter: Silence of Republicans is deafening

While the chaos of the Trump administration is bringing into question basic governance at the federal level and with some conservatives finally speaking out about that, the silence of Iowa Republicans when it comes to matters President Donald Trump is deafening.

But my concern looking ahead is on a front that is receiving little attention: that Trump will turn to military action not because of a legitimate national security interest but, rather, because he can and because that would serve as the ultimate diversion from all the chaos and failings of his administration. While we should always be wary of the potential misuse of the military, we have a commander-in-chief who clearly and regularly puts his own interests and political survival above all else. We also know that 1) he doesn’t believe he should pay a penny, let alone his fair share of taxes to support the military; and 2) no member of the Trump family will step up and serve in the military, particularly in a time of war. To Trump, the military is little more than a toy. You know that when he talks about “my generals.”

That should concern us all, but if Trump starts to abuse his authority by misusing military personnel and resources, it appears all too likely Iowa Republicans will take yet another pass on putting the country and Iowans above themselves and their party. Can’t we do and be better?

Scott Peterson

Mount Vernon

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