Letter: Trump serves only himself, holds ‘cult-like’ power over Republicans

From: Larry Shade


I have followed former President Donald Trump’s business practices for years. He has had many bankruptcies, audits, and was known for only paying contractors 70% of submitted bills. Today, Trump has swayed the Republican Party away from their time-tested beliefs and to accept his extreme agenda. But what is Trump’s agenda? Trump was nominated by the Republican Party at its convention in 2016, but for the first time, the party failed to adopt a platform. Thus, Trump — a person with zero political experience — was given free reign to set his own agenda as president.

The Constitution designates the duties of Congress in Article One. The executive duties are explained in Article Two. The founders feared that a future president might have too much power.

Today, Trump continues to control Republicans with a cult-like power. Thus, the Democrats had to present their more leftist views, creating polarization that stalled our government. Congress normally passes about 150 bills a year. But in 2023, they only passed 24. Our national debt has grown from $1 trillion in 1980 to $34 trillion today, with Trump adding $7.8 trillion in only 4 years. The Fitch Rating Agency for the first time downgraded the U.S. debt rating from AAA to AA+. Fitch cited the federal government’s rising debt burden and the political difficulties that the U.S. government has had in addressing spending and tax policies as reasons for downgrading the nation’s credit rating, the Associated Press reported.

Trump lost the 2020 election to President Joe Biden. But Trump will never admit he loses. He claims the election was stolen from him due to illegal voting. But after recounts in seven states, Biden still won in all seven states. No surprise that Trump still claimed the election was stolen. And even the Trump-controlled republicans in Congress followed his lead, continuing to spread Trump’s big lie.

My rule for voting for a president requires two mandates. First, does this person have the knowledge and experience to be able to meet the high standards of the job. Second, I expect this person to be a person with high morals and character. Right off, this eliminates Trump. The success of a president depends a lot on the advisers he chooses. Biden chose qualified people. If Kamala Harris assumes the presidency because Biden needs to step down, she will be surrounded by top-notch people giving her advice. Trump does not like to delegate. As president, he surrounded himself with many people who now have been convicted of criminal activity. Trump’s effort to overturn an election will forever stain his name.

As a Vietnam veteran, I will never forget Trump’s most sordid remark. On Memorial Day 2020, when Trump was president, a reporter asked him why he didn’t go to a military cemetery to honor the soldiers. Trump reportedly replied, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers,” and reportedly called those who died in war “suckers”.

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