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President hasn’t earned our respect

President hasn’t earned our respect

Bruce Atkins, Schenectady

 

You recently published a letter asking persons to stop “disrespecting our president ... by saying really hurtful things” because the writer was “brought up” to respect our country’s elected leaders. The writer wants us to keep hurtful criticism to ourselves. While I agree we should respect the office of president, to respect the president when he dishonors the office is an entirely different matter. 

I would like to remind the writer of who this president is, what he does, what he says and what the effect of his presence as president has on normal citizens. Many of us have been steadily tormented by the actions of this man, by his constant lies about our nation’s history, his acts which contradict our nation’s values, and his behavior, which ignores civil discourse between us and our allies and, most recently, the atrocities he is committing in our country’s name on immigrants at the Mexican border.

The rage most decent Americans are feeling over the treatment of innocent children, some too young to comprehend what is happening to them, is monumental. Does this letter writer realize what is being done by this ignorant egoist who has no qualifications whatsoever to consider himself suitable for the office he occupies? 

To ask fellow citizens to act respectfully toward a person who doesn’t respect fundamental concepts of our democracy strains the fabric of our social compact. The writer means well, but he seems unaware of the evil he’s asking the rest of us to ignore.

Bruce Atkins

Schenectady

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