Patriots must challenge this president

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By Harriet Hausman

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How fortunate we are to live in this beautiful and peaceful community! As I relax on my porch, I can hear the rustling of the trees, and the sweet sounds of birds chattering. My dear family and friends, and the kindness of people, form a lovely life picture. Many small and large gestures add to my pleasurable existence. For example, my news delivery people place my newspaper in the entrance (saving me from searching in the bushes), my mail-lady is a dear woman who is always solicitous of my welfare, and then there are my often-needed workmen who are especially helpful and always desire to please me. (We share morning coffee, too). 

When I am outdoors, hobbling along with my cane, folks just walking by frequently offer to help me. That is our community! I have the benefit of being an American, and I treasure our democracy. I live an enviable existence with love and kindness surrounding me.

Therefore, it is painful to realize that these values are at stake under President Trump. Our Constitution, its rules, regulations and guidelines for our nation, have been dismissed by this President. He has proudly stated his "accomplishments," which are either rollbacks or reverses of progress previously made in our environment, air and water studies, and health care. Social services and public education have suffered, or are threatened by, a loss of funding. Judicial and civil rights issues have been ignored. And we no longer have our national alliances, an Iranian peace pact, or trade stability. 

In my estimation, President Trump's greatest disservices have been his racist views and hate rhetoric. His "zero tolerance policy" is the basis for the recent draconian plan of separating migrant parents and their children seeking asylum from the violence present in their homelands. Although our president repeatedly called the Mexican immigrants "dope traffickers, murderers, and rapists," most of these families came here hoping for a safe home for their families. To their shock, they were treated and jailed like criminals, and their children were taken from them!

President Trump finally stopped the horrendous policy he instituted, but now, because of the lack of pre-planning, the documentation was so inadequate that reunification of children and parents seems almost impossible.

Trump's racism against the brown and black races — Muslims, Mexicans, South and Central Americans, etc. — is truly un-American. The President's personal decision-making and authoritarian views have brutalized many of our foreign friendships and our country's leaders. He is changing our democracy to a dictatorship! 

We cannot tolerate this happening to our nation. We can no longer remain uninvolved, indifferent, or reluctant to oppose the President's policies. True patriotism requires us to be watchful of our government's activities. Please join me in challenging our President's behavior by contacting our congressmen. They possess the power to control and force a directional change for our nation's future. Our contacts will encourage and empower them.

We will then be able to demonstrate to the world that we are indeed a democracy guided by our Constitution — and that, as a nation, we are diverse, we believe in justice, and we are (like this community) caring, peaceful, and kind. 

Harriet Hausman is a longtime resident of River Forest.

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Bill Dwyer  

Posted: July 3rd, 2018 5:55 PM

Damn, Simpson. I'm sitting here suffering from 7-hour time zone jet lag, and I can still see reality better then you. Let me help you: during the Clinton Administration the US saw GDP growth, starting in 1994, going through 2000, of 4.0pct, 2.7 pct, 3.8 pct, 4.5 pct, 4.5 pct, 4.7 pct, and 4.1 pct. In 2017, the first year of the Drumpf mis-administration, it was 2.3 percent. And it sure isn't anywhere near 4.7 percent in 2018. So congratulations to matching the Clinton Administration's low point. You must be so very proud. Oh, and in case you're referring to the Reagan Administration's two-year spurt of 4.6 to 7.3 pct in 1983-84, that was stimulated in significant part by a tax HIKE coupled with defense spending. The last two years of a 12-year Republican administration saw nothing but recession. But nice try. For the record, even the much maligned Carter Admin saw 4.6, 5.6 and 3.2 pct GDP growth.

Neal Buer  

Posted: July 3rd, 2018 5:00 PM

We should have compassion and welcome all the poor people who have experienced violence in their home country, as long as your compassion is backed by your actions, by supporting at least 3 families who will live in your home with you. The reality is that we need to be compassionate to the people who are already here legally. We cannot accept the world at our doorstep, or we will have to find someone compassionate enough to help us.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: July 3rd, 2018 4:25 PM

To quote Chuck Schumer (only correcting the statement) This hate filled screed is "all hat and no cows" It is long on progressive BS and devoid of any proof beyond DNC talking points and a demonstration of how much Ms Hausman detests the president. I don't remember Ms Hausman complaining when the Illegal immigration laws were passed and signed by President Clinton. She was strangely silent when Presidents Bush and Obama put their hands on a bible and swore to enforce the laws of the land, yet she has a real problem when President Trump honors the commitment and does what he says. We are taking our leadership roll in the country and not letting piss ant countries walk all over us. We are enjoying record employment and GDP growth unseen in three decades. If you live your life making lists of all of the things you hate, you are not contributing anything.

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