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OPINION | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: How is this unifying? | Veterans died in vain

November 13, 2020 at 2:57 a.m.

How is this unifying?

Joe Biden says he wants to unify Americans. A very worthy ambition, and I will pray for his success. My opinion, however, is too many of his leftist followers in America believe that can only be done by some form of punishment or force. I base this opinion on actions and comments from notable leftists.

The Trump Accountability Project has been formed to produce a black list of individuals who enabled Trump's election, staffed his government, and contributed to his campaign. A visit to the ProPublica maintained Columbia University website called Trump Town touts a post-graduate investigations group that built a database of Trump administration advisers or appointees (3,858). Links are provided to every major federal government department listing employees by name and job title. What could possibly be the need for this? A cynical opinion would be harassment, even retribution. Officially it's a source for "journalists."

Jennifer Rubin, a Washington Post columnist and MSNBC pundit, recently told the audience, "It's not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose. We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party. We have to level them because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again. It is our job to hold them accountable, for the rest of their lives."

Is this what the Democratic Party represents now? Is this how, in America, we now treat those whose beliefs differ from ours? How do you unite with this? Is this the dark winter? What's after that?

MICHAEL SANDERS

Little Rock

Veterans died in vain

This was a sad Veterans Day for America. As families reflected upon the rows of interred vets, many remembered their love for America.

They did not die for George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or FDR, because their love for America was greater than a love or adoration of any one man. These patriots died for a country made great by the freedom of thought allowed in a country governed by elected representatives of multiple political parties.

Yet this election season, Arkansas Republicans will go to Washington to govern not out of a love for America and our democratic institutions, but will apparently govern out of an underlying fear or love of Donald Trump.

When our elected representatives enable a sitting president's attempts to retain power after a divisive election by deliberately casting doubt on the integrity and patriotism of half of the American population who did not vote for him, goodbye, America; our veterans have died in vain.

JAMES JOHNSTON

St. Paul

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