Resistance Is ...

Sep 20, 2017

To the Editor:

To answer J.R. Stott’s question in the letter “Resist the Resistance” (8/13) “What does resistance mean?” I offer the following answer:

Resistance is:

• Not accepting the behavior of an immature, emotional and over-reactive president.

• Rebelling against a president who has alienated our NATO alliances by inappropriate, demeaning and insensitive remarks.

• Disagreeing with a president who denies climate change even though a vast majority of viable scientists and recent extreme changes in climate dictate otherwise.

• Being appalled at the president’s disrespect for Gold Star families, Hispanic judges and Sen. John McCain.

• Being repelled by the president’s childish behavior such as his recent tweets about Hillary Clinton and an audio tweet displaying her getting hit by the president’s golf drive; and his tweeting about Kim Jung Un, calling him “Rocket Man” during this very tense time with North Korea.

• Refusing to paint all immigrants with a broad brush, especially given that we are a country of immigrants.

• Refusing to accept the president’s statements that blame those who protested white supremacists, white nationalists and the KKK in Charlottesville, Va.

• Observing a White House in disarray whose main occupant lacks practical and moral leadership.

• Refusal to accept a president who publicly criticizes his staff and who expects loyalty from all without providing any in return.

• Not accepting a president who denies Russian interference in the 2016 election when all intelligence agencies, his fellow Republicans and most learned people believe otherwise.

• Refusing to accept a president who praises Russian President Putin while criticizing the leaders of our NATO alliances.

• Having a president who criticizes free speech while calling any media outlet with which he disagrees “fake news.” Meanwhile, our president is the biggest communicator of fake news, as he has been proven to lie or mostly lie 95 percent of the time (Politico Truth-Meter, Sept. 15).

• Having a president who is morally challenged, a self-admitted groper and a sexual assaulter of women who has called women “fat pigs,” “fat and ugly” and “dogs.”

•  Wanting our country and our president to be a role model for the world, not an embarrassment as he and we have become over the past eight months.

And finally, Mr./Ms. Stott concludes, “I want our grandchildren to live bravely and free, but we must set the course by our example.”

I agree with the first part of this statement, but if Mr./Ms. Stott is using President Trump as a solid role model and example for my grandchildren, I couldn’t disagree more. Mr. Trump is the perfect example of a person without integrity, without character, without a basic moral compass and certainly not trustworthy, ethical or honest. Conversely, I would use Mr. Trump as my anti-role model to teach my grandchildren what not to do.

I truly appreciate that I have the right of free speech to respond to Mr./Ms. Stott and others with whom I can respectfully disagree. Men and women have died to provide that freedom and many more. I am thankful for their sacrifices and for the U.S. Constitution.

Susan Green

Beach Haven


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