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Letters to the editor

What is decency?

To the Journal editor:

After basking in the glow of his crowds’ rage and chants, the circus stays on like an endless parade. Our disgust becomes his entertainment.

Not merely content to cage children, support dictators who murder journalists and destroy our environment, he now encourages his supporters’ anger against duly elected American citizen-politicians. His timid fans beg for more while those bolder use his rhetoric as their justification.

Contrary to his slogans, this country is in trouble. Except for his massive tax break for the wealthy, none of his other campaign promises (that only he alone could solve) has survived a single day.

A confused nation waits for the next tweet, distraction or lie, and some wonder how we became so jaded to accept this as the new normal. The simple answer is that many became complacent, then someone added a touch of hopelessness, then selfishness and finally an extra measure of hate.

An acting president, supported by acting cabinet heads, going through their feeble motions of caring while vastly enriching themselves at our children’s expense.

Through the ballot box this narrative must change. The constant denigration of women, defamation of minorities and the turning of one American against the other must never be our country’s lasting legacy.

To quote the senior clergy of the National Cathedral: “When does silence become complicity? What will it take for us all to say, with one voice, that we have had enough? The question is less about the president’s sense of decency, but of ours.”

JOHN HUNTER

Traverse City

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