In 2008, Barack Obama told his supporters, of which I was one. "We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
I am compelled to address Brian Gramer's letter of Dec. 31. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, the American people spoke and chose Hillary Clinton for president. As of today, the popular vote is Hillary Clinton at 65,844,610 and Donald Trump at 62,979,636. It is an interesting reversal of events for Trump, who four years ago tweeted, "The Electoral College is a disaster for a democracy." On Dec. 15, 2016, we endured a ritual born in the time of slavery and quill-pens. Members of the Electoral College met and pronounced Trump the winner.
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." As a first grader in Bismarck, that is the original Pledge of Allegiance that I learned. I am now 74 years old. At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Ben Franklin as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation, was asked, "what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" Franklin replied, "A republic, if you can keep it."
Every party's presidential candidate undergoes a public vetting that includes their tax returns and health records; Hillary Clinton has turned hers in.
Every party's presidential candidate has undergone a public vetting that includes their private business dealings; Hillary Clinton has turned hers in. Trump has not released his tax returns, despite promises to do so. Breaking this pledge wouldn't be surprising for someone who lies as easily as you and I breathe. Trump claims an ongoing IRS audit prevents him from releasing his tax returns; an IRS audit carries no such position. Trump's tax returns are important because he has no public record on which voters can judge his suitability for the presidency.
The current, do nothing; Republican Party has become an obstructionist burden upon the American people: Republican Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell demanded President Obama abandon his Constitutional oath of appointing a Supreme Court Justice to replace Antonin Scalia: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."