‘Meaningful discourse and common goals cast aside’ under Trump


Letter to the Editor 

To the editor:

Letters in the Feb. 7 issue of the Call and the U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing on Feb. 8 are poignant reminders of the political divide plaguing Donald Trump’s America.

Meaningful discourse and common goals have been cast aside, replaced by political partisanship and fear of a mythical enemy invading our homeland.

Letters to the editor of the Call and other publications are usually limited to 250 words or less. Thus, it is difficult for authors to render in-depth submissions on a variety of topics; Trump’s egregious presidency in particular.

Suffice to say, that in light of dozens of grand jury indictments of Russian military operatives for tampering with the 2016 election, several guilty pleas and convictions of Trump associates for a variety of felony offenses, and Trump’s obsessive behavior as investigators focus on his Russian and other business dealings, it is difficult to believe that anyone still adamantly supports him and the Republicans who enable him.

The Judiciary Committee hearing was akin to a moot court in an eighth-grade civics class. The common thread among members was American security, but they were greatly divided.

Judging by their questioning of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Democrats focused on Russian interference with our democracy, Trump’s inaugural committee and his financial dealings with Russian oligarchs. Republicans focused on anything but Trump, Russians and Vladimir Putin’s wealthy sycophants.

Again, it is uncanny that responsible Americans remain on the Trump bandwagon as the horses head toward an abyss. (That’s 245 words.)

Michael K. Broughton
Green Park

Editor’s note:Michael K. Broughton is a Green Park Ward 1 alderman. He is unopposed for re-election April 2.