LETTER TO EDITOR: Republican hypocrisy
Rep. Steve Green has chosen to take Democrats to task for having no regard for life. Before attacking Democrats, it would be well for Mr. Green to look at Republican disdain for life.
In 2003, Republican President George W. Bush started a war in Iraq with flawed information, putting U.S. Soldiers in harm's way. He claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, which proved to be entirely false.
Subsequently, as of June 29, 2016 there were 4,424 U.S. troop deaths in the Iraq war and 31,952 wounded in action, some with their lives altered forever. At the end of 2018, 6,900 U. S, troops have died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The predominantly Republican state Texas is the leader in public executions. Since 1960, there have been 591 executions in Texas, peaking in the period 2000-09 with 248 executions. With modern DNA testing, inmates have been increasingly found innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted and subsequently released. But once executed, being cleared of a crime is a moot point.
Blue state Minnesota does not have capital punishment, which was abolished in 1911.
Democratic state California does have capital punishment, but have had only 13 executions since 1972. California presently has a moratorium on capital punishment.
To call out Democrats for having no regard for life on the part of Republicans is pure hypocrisy. Just another example of Republicans trying to divide our country. Rep. Green, unfortunately, has followed Trump's lead in creating a dangerous chasm in our society.