The Illegitimate President
I very much enjoyed John Nichols’s Feb. 6/13 article “Trump Has No Mandate.” As is the case with most bullies, Donald Trump is a coward inside. The only way to deal with a bully is to face him down. I have admiration for everyone who has marched or written or spoken against him in the three weeks since the dark day of January 20. He will continue to provoke, and we all must keep facing him squarely and saying “No!” It is our country, not his personal property, and we decide how to make it the best for all its people.
gig harbor, wash.
Apropos “Trump Has No Mandate”: Neither Hitler, Mussolini, nor the Bolsheviks before them had mandates either, but they had enough influence to take power and make the worst of it, as Trump and his allies have been doing and will continue to do if they’re left alone to act. I trust readers of this magazine will figure out what to do, and then do it. Nothing less will suffice.?
new london, n.h.
Immigrants must pass a test to become United States citizens, as proof that they understand how our government works. I propose that in the future every presidential candidate must pass that same test. Nip it in the bud.
Life, Death, and the ACA
In the buildup to the passing of the Affordable Care Act, the Tea Party and Republicans very successfully, though falsely, used the notion of “death panels” to attack and undermine the program [“Revolt and Rebuild,” Feb. 6/13]. Now that Trump and the Republicans are meeting to repeal the ACA (with all its flaws) and leave many people in the lurch, the actual death panels are operational.
I recently finished reading Frances Fox Piven’s Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America. All the while, I wondered what she would have to say about how to react to Trumpism. Having read her piece “The Prospects for Resistance” [Feb. 6/13], now I know. She is not only a brilliant sociologist but a practical one.