Forum, Jan. 14: Congress must respond fast

Published: 1/13/2021 10:00:08 PM
Modified: 1/13/2021 10:00:03 PM
Congress must respond fast

In recent Forum letters, I have made a number of comparisons between the Trump administration and events in Nazi Germany. In my letter in December, I asked: “Are we in a period when Trump and his sympathizers will resort to violence in a desperate and illegal attempt to allow him to declare some form of ‘martial law,’ subvert the will of the people as decided in the recent election, and unconstitutionally and illegally attempt to maintain his power?

“In the coming weeks, will Trump and his supporters be parties to actions that historians will look back on and compare to the Reichstag fire of 1933?”

All of the events of Jan. 6, what some have already called the “Trump Insurrection,” so clearly indicate that Trump and his sympathizers will stop at nothing in their lawlessness.

We must not sit passively by. As is required by the Constitution, both chambers of Congress were sitting in a joint session that day to certify the Electoral College results. The joint session of the Congress was attacked.

Congress must act swiftly in responding to this attack against the will of the people and the Constitution. Though Congress does not always act swiftly and decisively, it can when the cause is justified. On Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese. On Dec. 8, 1941, in a joint session of Congress, war was declared on Japan.

As I write this five days after the attack on the Capitol, I wonder why Donald Trump is still president.

JOHN MUDGE

Lyme

Parler shutdown is the beginning of totalitarianism

The Parler social networking service has been shut down by the monopoly of Amazon, Google and Apple (monopolies are illegal, supposedly).

This is who is allowing, selecting and monitoring what you say and hear. If they can do this to Parler, don’t you think they can do it to you? This is how every totalitarian government begins: Suppress the people, keep them informed only with what they want the people to know, truth or lie.

Your new takeover of America. You voted for it.

JEAN LIEPOLD

Grantham

Enough hate in the world

Did King Louis XIV of France actually say to his people “L’ Etat c’est moi” (I am the state)? Perhaps the story is apocryphal. Nevertheless, we have a person in high office (guess who) who probably thinks himself a “king” or “the nation.”

The man is beyond psychotic. Good riddance to him. But let’s not hate him. There is enough hatred in the world. On the contrary. We must pity him.

BOB CATTABRIGA

West Lebanon

Give my COVID-19 vaccine to a younger person

I agree entirely with the thought in Richard Mark’s Forum letter (“Better to give my vaccine to the workers who are essential,” Jan. 1).

I am 80 years old and in excellent health and would prefer to have “my” vaccine given to a younger person, with more potential benefit to society; mothers, teachers and others with long useful lives ahead of them.

JUDITH C.P. BASTIANELLI

Lebanon




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