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Letter: Trump’s ideas reveal a lack of intelligence

Trump’s ideas reveal a lack of intelligence

In July 1920, H.L. Mencken, a noted journalist long associated with the Baltimore Evening Sun, posted the following opinion: “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts’ desire at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright moron.” Well, it took nearly 97 years but it finally came true.

When compared with his other attempts to cozy up to Congress to get something, anything concrete, accomplished, this specious notion takes the proverbial cake. We’re already involved in a debilitating and costly war in Afghanistan following a long, enervating war in Iraq. The North Korea situation could evolve into another ugly conflict and we’re supporting thousands of troops stationed around the globe, all of which have, are and will continue to deplete our limited coffers.

We’re still trillions of dollars in debt and the president wants to build a wall without any idea of how much it will cost and how long it will take to build. Doesn’t he know this has been done before? Hadrian’s Wall was mostly ineffective against keeping marauding enemies out of Rome’s English territories. The Berlin Wall has been torn down. The Mexican Wall will eventually suffer the same fate. As quoted by Gen. George Patton, “fixed fortifications are monuments to man’s stupidity.”

If you haven’t already done so, call or write – no better yet, call and write – your congressmen and senators to quash this idiotic proposal.

Scott H. Patterson


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