Support character now
TO THE EDITOR: The character of the United States of America was established by our forefathers and has been demonstrated for decades by the integrity and values our nation has shown throughout the world.
We have supported nations with similar values through alliances and condemned those countries who have had a disregard for human rights. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights are declarations of our values, beliefs, and indicators of our country’s character. Past leaders have sworn their allegiance to uphold those values and generations of our military have sacrificed their lives to uphold those principles.
The people “have a right, an indisputable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers,” John Adams (1735-1826).
Let us judge our leaders by the content of their character. When we elect and continue to defend politicians who care more about self-promotion and maintaining their individual wealth through lies and corruption, we are demeaning the character of our wonderful country and of ourselves.
If we continue to stand behind those politicians who support corrupt nations for self-gain, we are violating the principles of our country and have shown a lack of personal character. When we condone childish name calling, the use of profane language, and egocentric behavior by our leaders, we are painting a negative picture of who we are individually and as a country.
Please show what you value by putting aside political posturing and standing up for the character of the United States of America.
Uphold the Constitution
TO THE EDITOR: I was astonished to read in a recent issue of the Press-Republican the article titled, "Stefanik maintains: No quid pro quo."
I was astonished because any high-school student reading the transcript of the conversation between Mr. Trump and the president of the Ukraine would come to an entirely different conclusion. Our president asked Mr. Zelensky to investigate his political rival in the U.S. while holding up $391 million in vital military aid to the Ukraine in their fight against the Russian military and separatists in the eastern part of their country.
A reading of the text of this conversation can come to no other conclusion.
I ask that Ms. Stefanik uphold the Constitution of the United States, which prohibits this kind of activity.
Her oath of office is to the United States and our Constitution and not Mr. Trump.