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Letter: Arrogant Mason only looks to rile people up

To the Editor:

Thanks to Ron Slavenas for helping me realize that there are others equally aghast, appalled and unbelieving of the height, or should I say depth, of arrogance of those in and in support of the Trump administration.

President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, one of the most treasured, succinct and poignant pieces of American literature, is not to be trifled with.

James C. Mason’s parody of it used to fire up the anti-Democratic base of President Donald J. Trump is at the ceiling of this arrogance. It is yet another trotting-out of misguided untruths about so-called strengths of the inept, pathologically lying 45th president.

Yes, Lincoln was a “Republican,” but of that party when its practices were more closely aligned with truth and respect for all walks of humanity. “His truth is marching on” as the lyric goes.

But the unmitigated gall of Mason to use this great address to create further division and narrow views of the performance of the current president is grossly self-righteous; it is smug and says plenty about how those with money and means, no matter how attained, stick to one script by doing and saying whatever they want.

Mason is a “successful” local. Yet he has clearly learned from Trump, a man who should be a moral leader, but who is so remarkably self-inflated and narcissistic that he committed yet another disrespect of his own by example.

No matter one’s faith, it is difficult to imagine that anyone would believe that Trump deserves the right to “sign” a Christian Bible (or any religious text). Yet, just when I thought (I am an agnostic) Trump could not possibly exceed himself in his demonstrations of ego, I actually cried out when I saw video of him signing Bibles for grieving folks from tornado-ravaged Alabama last week.

What was that all about? Ego, nothing more.

I just don’t understand how bad things have to get before people come to their senses about this guy and his cronies.

Folks who do not see and hear these arrogant disrespects by those who will put their names on just everything, and try to brainwash us by repetitions of blatant lies, and who focus only on an elite population – those folks may have to absorb, then atone for whatever fallout rains down, no matter whose words are being used and abused.

Julie Sorensen


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