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Coup leaders still at large

The Jan. 6 insurrection was inevitable. For more than 50 years, Republicans have attacked our government. Their anti-government stance has been combined with racism to make a toxic accelerant that fueled the attempted coup.

Nixon started sabotaging America with his "Southern strategy" of using "racist dog whistles" to attract the votes of white Southerners. Reagan doubled down with the old racist trope disparaging "welfare queens" and framing "government help" as the enemy of the people. He fueled the rise of domestic terrorism that came to fruition with the Oklahoma City bombing which killed 168 Americans and wounded 759.

Since then, the majority of Republican politicians have worshipped the idea of the Constitution without understanding that it creates and informs the government that they degrade. Republicans have not only provided sanctuary for seditionists but are responsible for creating a terrorist movement that is destroying America.

The gullible "foot soldiers" of the insurrection from right-wing militias are now being arrested, indicted and prosecuted, but the leaders, funders and inciters still walk the halls of Congress, board rooms and country clubs across America.

Terry Stulce

Ooltewah

 

Evangelical leaders 'insidious purveyors'

There is a cure for ignorance: education. Unfortunately, there is no cure for stupidity. The Republican Party has chosen to keep its voters ignorant, and they seem to be willing participants. My father died in World War II 75 years ago to stop fascism, and now it seems the GOP is trying to destroy our democratic republic with its tactics. This is a dangerous; it must be stopped.

Education is the answer, not lies spewed by pundits on TV, internet and radio. We have accepted interference in our elections by not holding the main culprit responsible for his party's collusion with Russia. Forty-seven states are now trying the tactic of hindering legitimate voters from casting votes by constant misinformation to confuse the gullible citizens who rely on neighbors and Fox viewers for "news." Among the most insidious purveyors of lies and misinformation are evangelical leaders. Somehow they have convinced their flocks to not be vaccinated, to not see Trump as the anti-Christ he clearly is, and to send money to support his lifestyle.

Please think about what kind of country you want your children and grandchildren to inherit, not the shortsighted view presented by the radical right.

Dolores Benton

Signal Mountain

 

GOP prioritizes how not to think

Hypocrisy: Republicans often complain of the PC -police telling people how to think, yet they now now tell people how not to think. Attempting to ban teaching about systemic racism and white privilege is just a new form of thought-police from conservative snowflakes more concerned with protecting their fragile egos than addressing very real inequalities with us today.

Further, their understanding of history is flawed. They minimize the impact of slavery by pushing back against the New York Times' 1619 Project and claiming America's birth was in 1776. But had the War for Independence gone differently, that date would mark something very different today. More accurate is the Constitution's signing on Sept 17, 1787 — though, of course, events from 1776 and even 1619 led there. History isn't about memorizing dates anyway, but about understanding the forces that led from one set of events to another, and how those events have shaped today.

We do ourselves disservice and insult to ignore the continuing impact of past wrongs. Recognizing that truth is not un-American; rather, it is how we tell our country: I love you, I know you can do better, and I will work tirelessly to help you do better. What is more American than that?

Shawn Trivette

Signal Mountain

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