Editor: Ms. Rose Ellen Ray’s letter to the editor “Staying Put” failed to respond to the concerns raised by Mr. Glen Peterson in his Oct. 4 letter to the editor. Ms. Ray disagrees with Mr. Peterson’s description of the current Republican Party, but does not show how he is wrong.
I searched for responsive arguments that the current GOP, in fact, retains the conservative values of decency and respect for others, of fiscal responsibility, free trade and defense of truth—but no such arguments were advanced. Instead there was the tiresome litany of alt-right talking points and buzz words advanced by “Reichbart” and “FoxSpews” to redirect the focus onto straw men and avoid the inconvenience of truth. Winston Churchill once said: “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
Not long after Pearl Harbor, the American government produced a film to provide its answer to the American people’s biggest question: “How could this have happened?” In a dialogue between Uncle Sam and Teddy Roosevelt, the case was made that the real cause was not a failure of American policy or military readiness, it was—wait for it—the fact that the Hawaiian Islands were teeming with Japanese-Americans who were bound by their culture and religion to follow the Emperor. In short, argued Uncle Sam, we were betrayed by people who weren’t like us.
In similar fashion a vocal minority of Americans seeks to divert attention from the grievous failures of the Republican Party leadership, including the president, by pointing to their own versions of the “enemy within” as the reasons for the current state of political affairs. Its because of them, those (fill in the blank) people led by (insert the following names: Obama, Clinton, Pelosi, Comey, Clapper, etc. etc.) that our country is riddled with political and social impurity.
Mr. Peterson does not advocate that conservative Republicans change to Democrats. Rather, he calls upon his fellow true conservatives to take a stand against the vocal minority to bring honesty, decency and truth back to his political party in the only way left to him—by voting for those who are currently best equipped to topple what has become the Party of Trump. Ms. Ray missed this point.
Peter M. Sweeny, Purcellville