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Letter: What leaders say out loud reflects on their character

Our current president, to undermine the Democratic Party and to pander to his base, has insulted four Democratic Party House members. He wants them to leave the country because they oppose his policies. Still another in a long line of hate-filled rhetoric from the current president.

The current president is defaming the office that is a privilege to occupy.

How different from the rhetoric of previous Republican Party presidents:

George Herbert Walker Bush who talked about a thousand points of light. Rhetoric of hope.

Ronald Reagan who in May of 1988 gave a speech at Moscow State University on his trip to Russia. Rhetoric about freedom and diversity in America.

Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address that ended with the rhetoric “with malice toward none,” “charity for all” and a call to “bind up the nation’s wounds.”

The current president does not possess the quality of character to invoke such rhetoric. The current president only exalts himself while blaming others. How different from Dwight D. Eisenhower who, if the D-Day invasion had failed, was ready to take full responsibility for its failure and not lay the blame on others.

It is not the purpose of this letter to idolize these former presidents, but to show how important a president’s character and the rhetoric that flows from that character and the policies that come from that president is to America.

Jerome Jurewicz

Niagara Falls

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