Debate a new low in America
Re “Personal attacks pervade a hostile, tense debate” (Page 1A, Oct. 10): I should be feeling triumphant if Hillary Clinton convinced people she won the debate and that the threat of Donald Trump is finally going down in flames. Or I should be feeling terrified if Trump suddenly starts creeping back into the race.
But honestly, I’m just tired and sad. The nation of Washington, Lincoln, TR, FDR, Eisenhower and RFK on Sunday night showed that our democratic and electoral system has entered a sickened state of decline, to where we had one candidate sneer and bully his way around the stage; and another who let him (metaphorically) punch her because her own past is so sleazy that she simply can’t walk away from it.
When did Americans become so angry and afraid that all the warmth and hope have just been drained from our politics? When is a politician going to come out and tell us their career was never about them but about us? About easing the suffering of this country and healing us? Won’t someone step up and save us?
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Taylor Tiraterra, Anderson
The sorry state of U.S. politics
My teeny voice and vote won’t count here in the so-called great state of California, but vote I will. And, yes, my candidate has some flaws, but don’t folks realize that the next president will only be in office for four years but the Supreme Court justices that are selected by the president will be around much longer?
Vote as if your life depended upon it. It does.
We have to trust the electorate
Re “Trump uses women, goes low against Clinton” (Editorials, Oct. 10): Given Donald Trump’s long documented history of objectifying women in public forums throughout his adult life, his recent attempt to brush aside taped comments about his unwanted kissing and groping of any woman he desired, by describing it as simple locker room talk, was received with disdain and disbelief.
The best his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, could retort is that we are not choosing a Sunday school teacher. Nevertheless, given Trump’s earned reputation, it is perhaps not so surprising that Trump spends a lot more time in the locker room than anyone imagined. Obviously, not everyone uses available information to make the same conclusion, and those of us who value American democracy must place their trust in the electorate.
Rest in peace, Republican Party
Re “GOP nearing anarchy as Ryan snubs Trump” (Page 9A, Oct. 11): The Grand Old Party has committed suicide over these past few weeks. Republican leadership does not understand and is too self-centered to accept that if they do not win the presidency this year, they never will. The party will forever be in a minority, inconsequential and dead as a national party.
Instead of uniting together, even if not happy with their nominee, the party is divided. There is chaos and infighting, and they will lose this election. Republican Party leaders do not understand that if the Democrats win in 2016, over the next four to eight years there will be such a huge influx of Middle Eastern and Central American immigrants, all on the government dole and beholden to the Democratic Party, that Republicans will always be in the minority and so permanently outvoted.
This was their last chance, they blew it and have nobody to blame but themselves.
McClintock, Trump are deplorable
Re “Tom McClintock disses ‘hand-wringing’ Republicans in defending Trump’s ‘vulgar language’ ” (Sacbee.com, Oct. 10): Having lived 62 years on this earth, I must say I am deeply offended that Trump would try to pass off his remarks about how he treats women as representative of how men generally speak of women.
I have lived in many different places, known many different men, worked in many different situations and have only experienced one time that any man around me spoke like this about women. At the time I felt it was wrong and immediately thought of how the women in my life – my mother, cousins, friends – would feel if they heard this type of cruel coarseness.
I knew it was wrong then and I know it is wrong now. This is not locker room talk. This is sexual deviant and predatory talk. This is not how real men talk. This is the talk of a sociopath.
Let’s hope reasoning prevails
Political chaos abounds when party affiliation trumps rational thought. I find it inconceivable that otherwise intelligent politicians such Paul Ryan continue to support Donald Trump when Trump’s comments reveal not only his character but also his limited intellectual capacity.
Hats off to Condoleezza Rice, who had the courage to say enough. Our democracy is bound to fail if party affiliation continues to prevail over reason and what is in the best interests of the people.
Ernie Boone, Sacramento
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