Letters, "When they come for Scott Weiser"
When they come for Scott Weiser
Scott Weiser believes that judges should not rule on executive orders, that any objections should be voiced at the ballot box in three years. He discusses FDR's executive order stripping Japanese Americans of their rights and relocating them to concentration camps as the U.S. entered World War II as a past example of an executive order that the Supreme Court at the time upheld.
However, it is the precedent set by FDR and his enemy, the Nazi Party, that drives many of the legal actions taken against Mr. Trump's executive orders. Let us, for a moment, consider a sequence of events that could occur if we all were to simply accept all of Mr. Trump's executive orders.
A Muslim terrorist cell in America causes an event in which many Americans die. The president issues a set of executive orders that make it illegal to hire or retain a Muslim; allow local, state and federal tax officials to seize all assets of Muslims; since they cannot work and have no assets, the Muslims are declared parasites, stripped of their rights and sent to work camps for the good of the American people.
After the Muslims are gone, the president is asked to address the resistance to his government's activities by other non-Christians. He issues another set of executive orders. Imagine Vice President Pence's smile as he escorts Sen. Sanders from the Senate floor.
Then, the president is asked to address the activities of those pesky, uppity Christian women. He issues another set of executive orders making it illegal to hire or retain a woman. All women's assets are seized and become the property of their closest living male relative. (This is where "A Handmaiden's Tale" begins.) Imagine Pence's smile as he escorts Sen. Warren off the Senate floor.
Is that the end, with American political power in the hands of Christian males. No. The Protestants will object to sharing power with the Catholics, and the white supremacists will object to sharing power with blacks and other Christian men of color. New executive orders would be signed.
Mr. Weiser's column reminded me of Martin Niemöller's quote:
"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me."
I object to Mr. Trump's executive orders, Mr. Weiser, and I support the ACLU's legal arguments against them, and I will continue until they come for me. Who will object, Mr. Weiser, when they come for you?
Save Canyons of the Ancients
The U.S. Department of the Interior is currently reviewing the designations for 27 of our national monuments. This unprecedented action could revoke a monument's protected status or change its borders, opening up our public lands to drilling, mining and other development. Some of our country's most beautiful and culturally significant places are protected as national monuments. Among these monuments is Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients, which is home to the largest concentration of archaeological sites in the U.S., many of Ancient Pueblo origin.
It is vital that we act to protect not only Canyons of the Ancients, but also monuments across the nation. We have a duty to one another and future generations to protect these public lands and waters from destruction and degradation. The Department of Interior is currently accepting public comments through July 10. You can let them know how much you value Canyons of the Ancients and all our national monuments by submitting a comment at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001.
Nicole Larson, Environment Colorado
Those 'touchy' Muslims
Discussions are underway to send more American troops to Afghanistan to "win" the war.
It seems as if the citizens of Afghanistan and Iraq did not want their countries invaded by America. They didn't want their cities bombed and their children killed in the crossfire. Some Muslims want to kill Americans in retaliation!
Those Muslims - so touchy.
Keep voting private
Responding to Tina Routhier letter July 6, "Don't raid voter files."
One CAN maintain voting privacy.
State law allows voters to have their information withheld if they apply with their county elections office to become a "confidential voter." But to become one, you have to sign an affidavit saying you're worried that you or someone in your family will be harassed or in physical danger if your voter information is made public. The provision was added primarily with law enforcement and victims of domestic violence in mind, but anyone can apply if he or she has a reasonable fear of harm.
Alternatively, a voter can cancel their voter registration entirely. I hope Ms. Routhier will consider doing so.
We're already great
Stop fighting one another politically and otherwise! We are all Americans; we must come together if we are to survive! There are plenty of hostile groups in the world that would love nothing more than to see us tear our own country apart! Right now, we are doing to work for them and they are cheering us on! If you truly love our nation, then this division between the parties must come to a halt!
We don't need to "make America great again." America has always been great. It's our government and leadership that sometimes waivers! When our government falters, we as Americans must unite to save our great nation from ruin! Do you remember "we the people?" This is a very strong statement that should mean something to every American.
Stop the fighting, stop the division and unite against the global terror that is trying to destroy us!
God bless America.