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Letter: State of the Union speech reflected a terrible time

Donald Trump in his Feb. 5 State of the Union speech went directly into the dictatorial playbook of Spain’s Generalísimo Francisco Franco by calling out socialism as the enemy of America.

This was in addition to his frequent accusations of immigrants and the media as the evil enemies. This tactic helped to put Franco into power in 1939 and lead to the deaths of an estimated 400,000 Spanish citizens in civil war, firing squads and concentration camps. The Roman Catholic Church supported Franco’s terror and inhumanity in much the same way that the evangelical fundamentalist churches in America today ignore the foul practices of Trump.

Trump went on to say that the investigations into his 2016 presidential campaign were partisan implying that Congress should not be investigating beyond the scope of that of Robert Mueller’s probe. Congress has the constitutional authority to investigate any and all issues of governance and offences against the law of nations. This includes the actions of the executive branch of the federal government.

Another subject mentioned was resistance in a negative light. The facts are that if We the People don’t resist our democratic republic will be replaced by a fascist dictatorship.

I performed my military service from 1966 through 1969 and I will defend the Constitution of these United States to the best of my ability as I pledged back then. So, resistance is what I have to fight back with today and tomorrow.

Eric Miller

Niagara Falls

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