Dreaming of a change 

Since the elec­tion, many of my friends have men­tioned that they have “voter’s re­morse” after cast­ing their vote for Don­ald Trump.

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To the Ed­it­or: 

Since the elec­tion, many of my friends have men­tioned that they have “voter’s re­morse” after cast­ing their vote for Don­ald Trump. Is it any won­der? In less than four weeks, our new pres­id­ent has man­aged to ali­en­ate and frus­trate sev­er­al world lead­ers with his out­rageous com­ments as well as jeop­ard­ize the lives of thou­sands of im­mig­rants and refugees with his travel ban. (Yes, it is in­deed a “ban.”)

Our coun­try is in a state of real and un­deni­able tur­moil. Al­tern­at­ive facts can­not dis­pute the truth.  Our na­tion­al se­cur­ity is threatened be­cause Mr. Trump has de­lu­sions of grandeur and am­bi­tious goals to gov­ern the United States com­par­able to Vladi­mir Putin’s Rus­sia. It is bey­ond com­pre­hen­sion that Mr. Trump ac­know­ledges that Putin is a dic­tat­or and a mur­der­er of journ­al­ists but yet still con­siders him to be a “great lead­er.”  Why don’t the Trump sup­port­ers see any­thing wrong with this pic­ture?

Amer­ica has been the most re­spec­ted coun­try in the world for dec­ades. It has thrived con­tinu­ously be­cause of the en­dur­ing prin­ciples of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion. As cit­izens, we must not tol­er­ate Mr. Trump’s dis­crim­in­a­tion of people re­gard­ing race, eth­ni­city, re­li­gion or sexu­al iden­tity. His cab­in­et ap­pointees clearly re­flect his lack of di­versity. Isn’t it fright­en­ing Steve Ban­non is a mem­ber of Mr. Trump’s in­ner circle?

Hope­fully, one of three scen­ari­os may pre­vail in the near fu­ture. Mr. Trump may resign when he and the GOP con­trolled Con­gress re­cog­nize that he lacks the in­tel­li­gence and lead­er­ship skills to gov­ern our coun­try. Or, if and when he re­leases his tax re­turns, in­vest­ig­a­tions may dis­close that con­flicts ex­ist with him per­son­ally and his many com­pan­ies which would jus­ti­fy im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings. Fi­nally, a fed­er­al in­dict­ment for his busi­ness ven­tures may be a mech­an­ism to ter­min­ate his pres­id­ency.

A wo­man can dream, right? 

Car­ol A. Pasquarello
South Phil­adelphia


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