To the Editor:
Surely, as a nation, we have reached a point where citizens must take a stand. Especially Republican citizens.
Up till now, we could say that there are good people on both sides of ongoing debates. We could say both political parties have their faults.
But now all of us, and especially Republicans, must stand up against President Donald J. Trump. He refuses to listen to good counsel. He has acted in such an impetuous and egocentric way that he has thrown panic and chaos into the economy, caused our allies everywhere to distrust us and nearly crippled the government.
Almost everyone across the political spectrum knows Trump is unpredictable and unreliable. Republicans have, up till now, thought of him as their ticket to power and so have understandably defended him in the hope that he would do more good than harm to party and democracy. People longing for the good, old days of government that works have rightly called for dialogue and understanding, hoping that moderation alone would bring healing.
But too many pillars of our democracy have been shaken to their foundations. Too many voices of moderation have been silenced. Now we have a number of crises coming to a head for this country, and indeed, for the world, and they are all of the doing of a single man who does not deserve to have the benefit of the doubt any longer.
It is time for Republicans to shout “no more.”
I am not talking about impeachment, but for loud and strong bipartisan censure, the enactment of laws that will rein in executive power for the next two years. And I am praying and calling for the Republican Party to go into high gear to ensure the nomination of anyone but Donald J. Trump as its presidential candidate for 2020.