Letters to the Editor

Our sense of decency is slipping under Trump

“Have You No Sense of Decency” were the words spoken to Sen. Joseph McCarthy by Joseph Welch in 1954 at the Army-McCarthy hearings and effectively ended the tyrannical pursuit of communists, real and imagined, by McCarthy.

Many of you, my age and older, can remember a time when decency was a virtue we valued in our leaders. I cannot recall any president, not even Nixon, so appallingly lacking basic human decency as Donald Trump.

What I cannot comprehend is the reverence, praise and glorification of this man by members of my community who I have known most of my life. People who would not tolerate one iota of his behavior in their children or grandchildren. People who go to church on Sunday yet tolerate family separations and young children kept in cages like animals. People who think it’s okay to denigrate those Trump disagrees with, primarily women and minorities.

Is this the model of american values you want our children growing up with? Are these the values your faith represents? Does it make you proud to know you are responsible for his behavior by standing quietly by? The United States and the Republican Party are at a crossroads. Either we, and they, change leadership in November 2020 or we all will suffer an ignominious future with four more years of Trump’s reprehensible behavior.

As for me, I have seen enough to know Trump has no sense of decency, the question now is, “Do we?”

Larry Hodgden

Tipton

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