Regarding Diana and Don Thorn’s letter, “Hold onto your hats, America,” published in last week’s CVN, I say, “au contraire.”
The bumpy ride has been the last four years with many in this country embracing Trump’s lies, pretending Trump won, trying to overturn the results of a free and fair election, trying to manipulate election officials, and engaging in extremist rhetoric that led to the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol – And that was just the last month of the Trump presidency. After four years of breathtaking incompetence, culminating in the needless death of hundreds of thousands of Americans due to Covid-19, I personally welcome the knowledgeable, compassionate approach and steady hand of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. It’s true that their actions will change the course of the U.S., and again, I welcome that change.
The fearmongering presented in last week’s letter does nothing to help heal our nation, but our democracy is stronger than Trump, or even the GOP, which under Trump has become a cult of personality. While the Thorns may believe that the Democrats may bring about the destruction of our great nation, I believe that we’re witnessing the self-annihilation of the GOP. I believe this is unfortunate because I think that democracy requires at least two reasonably sane parties. My hope is that the Trump supporters will become so disenfranchised from the Republican Party that they form their own extreme-right party. And if I were to have my own preference, the Democrats would also divide into two parties: Democratic Socialists and Democratic centrists. But that’s a topic for another day and another letter.