Letter to the Editor

In time of moral crisis

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

I have received many comments about my numerous letters to the editor. A few deriding my opinions and demanding that I stop writing, but surprisingly, in this dominantly conservative district, many more applauding them and encouraging me to continue writing.

S ... why do I do it?

One of President John F. Kennedy’s favorite quotations was based on an interpretation of Dante’s Inferno. “The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.”

Not since the issue of the legitimacy of slavery split our nation have we seen such division amongst our citizens. There is little doubt about the cause of it and I cannot remain neutral — silent, as the crisis continues.

There have been a litany of actions by our president that push our country deeper into a moral crisis including boasting of his ability to get away with sexual abuse and adultery, separating children from their parents, denying climate change caused by human activity, appointment of staff that violates the constitution and staff who have pleaded guilty to crimes while in office, tax cuts that increase the deficit and disproportionately benefit the ultra-rich and himself, encouraging white extremists, trying to deny freedom of speech to the media and his latest offense, authorizing lethal force against immigrants seeking asylum, resulting in the use of tear gas against women and children at the border.

Our founding fathers set up a check and balance system in our government for Congress to oversee the actions of the president to insure his actions were in the best interest of our country. Sadly, the current Congress has abdicated its responsibility.

As Trump stated, his cult-like following will support him no matter what he does, even shooting someone on the streets of New York City.

So, in this ongoing moral crisis, I must voice my objection to it.

Robert Sneitzer, Spirit Lake