Trump, congressional enablers not alone in blame

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After watching the news and reading the headlines, it is obvious that most people blame President Trump and his enablers in Congress for the Jan. 6 insurrection in the Capitol. 

Yes, they are to blame for inciting the violence by repeating lies and refusing to follow our statutory or constitutional laws. But nowhere did I hear blame given to the 73 million voters that gave these people the power to do the damage that they did for the last four years. Wednesday's riot was a not-surprising culmination of four years of condoning illegal acts.

   In the 1960s, Donovan released a song titled "Universal Soldier" in which he blames those who carried out murderous orders in the name of their nations. Voters for Trump are to blame for the disasters that occurred during the last 4 years.

   Seventy-three million voters also have blood on their hands for our lack of a national response to COVID that made America the most disease- ridden nation on the planet. We are approaching the number of deaths equal to those lost in World War II. 

These voters need to accept the fact that the South lost the Civil War (plenty of Confederate flags could be seen in the riot), that the Reconstruction period was meant to teach all Americans the ideals of our founding and that our Constitution is the law of the land.

Jan Goldberg

Riverside

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Tim Malas  

Posted: January 26th, 2021 12:38 PM

Wow the dislikes I dont like using the H word as to me is a bad word. But all I keep seeing is dislikes from both parties too much negative crap will not get us anywhere in this country. I see no positive stuff going on at all. It is just getting worse all is Power and Greed so sad. How come we all cant get along we all bleed RED?? Help each other out instead of bashing and making fun of people. Guess I was raised diff then all. Peace out and stay safe. God bless us all too.

Jay Aldrich  

Posted: January 22nd, 2021 9:01 AM

Replying to Mr. Points. Statistics are funny things. As of 1/20/2021 the death rates per million, which in my mind is the most important statistic by far: US 1,185; France 1,099, U.K. 1,376; Sweden 1,069; Italy 1,384; Germany 596; Spain 1,168; Switzerland 1,031. Kudos to Germany for its low rates but it is clear that the U.S. is not "leading the world in deaths" on a per capita basis but rather is very similar to other developed nations. As for India, India's rate is 110. This is a statistical anomaly. It is being explained by the fact that they have an extremely young (thus healthier) population (28.4), and the fact that only 1 in 5 deaths are registered with a definite cause. Regarding cases per million--The US has conducted 824 tests per 1000 people, about twice the number of Italy, Spain, Germany. So it would follow that the cases per million would tends to be higher in the US because we've done a whole more testing. For comparison, India's number is only 135 tests/1000. When searching for culpability, it is important to note the oft overlooked fact that President Trump locked down travel from China amidst shrieks and cries of xenophobia from the left. There were countless lives saved because of this for which he gets no credit. Also, the actions of individual states mattered too. For example the extremely bad decision made in New York to force elderly with covid into nursing homes caused many preventable deaths. There is plenty of blame to go around. Anyone can google countless governors and mayors, including Gov. Cuomo, where they state on the record that the government came through with support and resources. Was it perfect? Of course not. The incoming administration's handling of this won't be prefect either. The difference will be the press shading everything from here on out as wonderful. I'm not fooled.

Jon Points  

Posted: January 21st, 2021 10:44 PM

The problem is that facts are frequently discarded when they contradict one's world view. Millions of people falsely believe the presidential election was stolen from the last president, but 60 plus law suits and court decisions have proven that the election was not stolen. Others have sad that COVID is a hoax or not that serious. Jay that "regarding Covid- - if we [Trump Administration] did such a horrible job than you'd expect other countries' metrics to be much better. In most cases they are worse" which is factually wrong. The USA has the highest number of cases per capita than any other country in the world. In fact, the United States has more than double the number of cases than India, which has the second highest number of cases, and they have about 4 times our population. The United States has about 4% of the world's population, but we have about 25% of the total COVID-19 cases reported worldwide (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html). The Trump Administration's incompetence in handling the pandemic is the reason why the United States of America is leading the world in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Tolerance, healing, and understanding will only come about when people start acknowledging and accepting facts, especially facts that they might not agree with.

Cindy Reynolds Rayfield from Riverside  

Posted: January 21st, 2021 3:55 PM

The hypocrisy and lack of self-awareness these days is unbelievable. Kind of like this... Unity... well, I can only get along with you if you believe what I believe. If you don't, you are not a moral person and should be silenced, shamed and reprogrammed. Tolerance. This is meant only for those that think like me. If you don't believe what I believe, there is no tolerance for you whatsoever. In face, I might try to get you fired from your job and ruin your life, that's how "tolerant" I am. Hate has no home here... well actually, if you don't agree with my political views, then you deserve all of the hatred my friends and I can muster up. We can hate those with different political views because that doesn't count somehow. You hate Trump? Great. But just because he does something you don't like it doesn't give you a free pass to behave badly. It does not justify your bigotry of everyone who didn't vote the way you like. I tell my kids that just because someone else is a jerk doesn't mean you have to be one; you are responsible for your own actions. So maybe people should start extending some of the love and tolerance to everyone, and yes that means Republicans as well as Democrats.

Bill Janulis from Brookfield  

Posted: January 21st, 2021 1:22 AM

Mr. Winston, like many Trump sycophants, keeps repeating the fraud misinformation mantra that there were 1000 + affidavits, data expert research and video evidence of fraud in our recent election. Of course, he and his fellow Trump supporters continue to ignore or dismiss the real facts confirmed in adverse court ruling after adverse court ruling that there was no solid admissible evidence of any widespread fraud. So many inconvenient determinations by the judiciary, whom we entrust with rationally determining legal facts in this country, sometimes even involving life or death! Sorry Mr. Winston, but the proposition that the election was stolen by fraud is a lie, a very big consequential lie. Moreover, that lie was the foundation of a seditious riot on January 6th and ALL those who perpetuated that big lie share some responsibility for that riot.

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Posted: January 20th, 2021 10:22 PM

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Jay Aldrich  

Posted: January 19th, 2021 11:00 AM

Jan is going by the left's playbook: She wants to attach responsibility for what some nut jobs did at my capitol to the 73 million voters that voted for Trump. The vast vast majority of those voters are just as appalled as I was. No- - really this is an attempt to silence conservative voices in the public arena, because after all, we're just awful people to be throttled, de-platformed, and cancelled. Don't be deceived. Maybe, just maybe we did not like the alternative candidate or ideas and movement that their administration represents? And by the way, who could have foreseen the events on Jan 6th. Pretending like this was the obvious conclusion is crazy. Regarding Covid- - if we did such a horrible job than you'd expect other countries' metrics to be much better. In most cases they are worse. Is Trump responsible for those deaths too? Ain't buyin' it Jan. I have to hand it to you Jan. You've been very consistent in you radical left views since way back when I was a student at R-B in the 80's. Unlike the left, I value your right to express your views,. However, your screed is part of the reason there is such division in this country. How is someone like me supposed to react to your side when it attributes storming the nation's capital and several hundred thousand covid deaths to me personally. Good luck with that.

Mark Winston  

Posted: January 15th, 2021 2:24 PM

This rambling cruel attack on Trump Voters isn't backed up with any facts, but I will try my best to deconstruct. 1) "After watching the news and reading the headlines, it is obvious that most people blame President Trump and his enablers in Congress for the Jan. 6 insurrection in the Capitol" Yes, if you watch the main media outlets, I agree that the MEDIA blames President Trump and Republicans in Congress for the insurrection, but not "The People". Many people believe that Trump never did incite violence, which is likely why we don't see videos of him doing so on the news. 2) "[Trump Voters] are to blame for inciting the violence by repeating lies" Repeating Lies? What lies exactly? You don't say so we can't fact-check them together. But if you are alluding to Voter Fraud yes there was evidence of it (1000+ affidavits, data expert research, plus video evidence) which continues to come out and Trump has a right to argue his case. 3) "Voters for Trump are to blame for the disasters that occurred during the last 4 years" What disasters exactly? Again, nothing here we could fact-check. But last I looked the stock market was at an all-time high, and we were not in any news wars. Also, up until COVID Black and Hispanic employment was at an all-time high, and the election showed that he gained much support from these communities. 4) "Seventy-three million voters also have blood on their hands for our lack of a national response to COVID... We are approaching the number of deaths equal to those lost in World War II" This is pure speculation that if someone other than Trump was in office that our COVID death rates would be lower. Who's to say it wouldn't be higher? I recall Trump being called a racist and was opposed by Democrats for shutting down travel from China. They were impeaching him while they should have been focused on COVID. Also, the statement about deaths is insulting. In 2020 we had no more % of total deaths than any o

Rita Kuzmenko  

Posted: January 13th, 2021 5:23 PM

Sadly, many of these voters vote Republican because they misguidedly believe the party platforms of a bygone era. What we saw and the speeches we heard on 1/6/21 is the party's current platform. Pure obedience to a fascist, evil, mentally deranged, leader.

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