Lee Purrier, Park Rapids
Almost stopped trying to sort through the debris of the past six months in domestic and foreign affairs to find some positive events... only one made the grade. The political courage of Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and John McCain to cast deciding votes against continuing the attempt to "repeal and replace" Obamacare demonstrated loyalty to their constituents over party and presidential power. Thanks.
This election and the ensuing train wreck has had a numbing effect on our nation and the world. At 82 years old and a political junky since the start of World War Two, there has never been a period so devoid of optimism for the future. This, despite the fact we have entered the most exciting technological age in history, responsible application of which would enhance the lives of all people.
Let's see. Things not going well for the Donald. No Muslim ban, no Obamacare repeal, no movement on infrastructure, jobs,...approval ratings dropping to historic lows, Russian hacking/interfering with the election heating up, getting too close. Gotta do something to get people excited again. We know they like a show of force. Hey, Vlad, what can we do to show we remain enemies to take some heat off?
With the election over and a chance to view the future based on cabinet choices and the Republican majority agenda ready to launch, any hope of unifying the country in pursuit of the general welfare has disappeared. With exception of the Secretary of Defense, every cabinet post has been filled with "in your face" cronies intent on slashing social and economic programs middle and lower income people are relying on; the same people who overlooked lies and empty promises that propelled Trump to the presidency.
Jerry Grudem requested a response to his letter objecting to my use of the phrase, "supported his (Obama’s) efforts and successes despite racist obstruction from the conservative right of the...