To the Editor: Why I oppose Trump

I feel very strongly that voters must vote our current president out of office. Here are some of my reasons why.

First, he has rolled back protections for clean water, clean air, clean soil, the Migratory Bird Treaty and the Endangered Species Act and opposed the National Environmental Policy Act. Citizens have fought long and hard since the 1960s to secure environmental protections. He has also limited national monuments and opened more public lands to oil and gas exploration. The Environmental Protection Agency is not doing superfund cleanups and is approving pesticides that damage bees and other pollinators and get into our food supply. His administration’s illegal actions to benefit oil and gas industries have required environmental groups to sue. These actions squander our country’s resources and cost taxpayers.

I am outraged by the president’s lack of character. He exaggerates and lies to suit his own needs. Therefore, I do not believe anything he says and I avoid listening to him. His lies create conspiracy theories, serve to divide our country, instill fear in our citizens, defend far right extremists, and make us weaker as a country. He is a vindictive bully. He rewards those who give him campaign money and flattery by placing them in positions of power for which many are not qualified. His giving cronies contracts for production and securing Personal Protection Equipment, for which they have no experience, has resulted in a hodge-podge response to the coronavirus. There is certainly the appearance that he is benefiting financially from his position as President. He is the laughing stock of foreign countries and our allies can no longer depend on us. He has meddled in our military justice system and undermined military ethics. He is limiting access to healthcare to entire groups of people at a time when we need to limit the spread of COVID-19. He and his administration have rolled back protections to entire groups of people. He lacks compassion and empathy, mocking people with disabilities and denigrating gold star families. This is not leadership!

President Trump lacks understanding and respect for science. This is the basis for our technological gains and has made us a world leader. He has politicized science and the Truth. This makes us more divided. As a nation, we no longer have a sense of common understanding or belief. That makes us weak.

Many people have told me that they like Mr. Trump because he says what he means and does not speak with political correctness. He may say things that some people are thinking, but I do not think that he actually believes any of these things. His statements only serve his personal goals to manipulate. Often it is difficult to decipher what he is even trying to say.

If you are a Republican, how would you feel if a Democrat President ignored the rule of law and holds members of congress under his thumb the way he does? I wouldn’t like it! President Trump is setting precedence and his contempt of Congress hurts our system of checks and balances. He has fired Inspectors General, many for simply doing their job, so there is much less oversight. As a fiscal conservative, I find this scandalous.

Our national ideals and aspirations are what made our country great. Sadly, he is undermining all our principles, ideals and aspirations.

Penelope LePome

Story First Published: 2020-06-19