From your letters to the editor: "Fool us once, Trump, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us."
As Mencken predicted, our president is now a 'narcissistic moron' -- Jim Angevine
Our presidential predicament was foreseen by the journalist, cultural critic and curmudgeon H. L. Mencken, attributed with the following in July 1920: "As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and a complete narcissistic moron."
Mencken's prediction came true in 2016.
During the primary campaign, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., identified Donald Trump as "a race baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot" and "unfit for office." Ted Cruz labeled him a "pathological liar" and "totally amoral."
Not so predictable were his ignorance, megalomania, paranoia and body language of a spoiled brat. His administration has been characterized by incompetent appointees (many of them ethically challenged), chaotic policy, insults to allies and pandering to enemies. Yet he still remains the darling of his party.
His major accomplishments have been to torch President Barack Obama's accomplishments and to sign "tax reform" into law that's estimated to add $2 trillion to the national debt.
Fool us once, Trump, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.
Jim Angevine, Madison
Trump right to pull troops out -- Tom Stalowski
Every time a candidate runs for president, Democrat or Republican, they promise to bring home troops from the senseless wars that have been going on for years or in some cases decades.
When President Donald Trump delivers on that promise and brings home troops from Afghanistan or Syria, all of the sudden it’s the "biggest blunder" of his presidency. I doubt I’m alone in this, but I’m sick of seeing young men and women come home in coffins fighting these senseless wars.
We were supposed to be in Syria for a limited amount of time. It’s about time we get out. It’s just not worth it.
Tom Stalowski, Oregon
F-35s will erode our quality of life -- Wayne Svec
The Air Force acknowledges that noise levels will increase if F-35 jet fighters are stationed at Truax Field in Madison.
This would impact a substantially large residential area to sound levels that are considered hazardous. In addition, landings and takeoffs would increase considerably, due to training exercises.
Once these new jet fighters are introduced here, they will remain no matter how they affect our public health and safety in the future. Isn't it rather obvious that military aircraft should be sited in rural, sparsely populated areas?
F-35 placement at Madison would be just another example where the environment, our quality of life and public safety become slowly eroded for questionable, economic benefit.
Wayne Svec, Madison
Trump's treatment of Kurds expected -- Craig Wehrle
President Donald Trump dumps the Kurds -- abandoning them with the excuse they were absent on D-Day.
Their help against the Islamic State group doesn’t count. Should anyone be surprised by what President Trump did? Abandoning people is a way of life with Trump. He abandons wives. He abandons investors in his projects. Employees and contractors that sign with him go unpaid while he cashes out. He abandons staff at the White House.
The treatment President Trump gave the Kurds is part of a long-standing pattern of how he conducts himself. His Republican supporters in Congress are shocked. Should anyone really be surprised?
Craig Wehrle, Madison
Immigrants should get driver's licenses -- Melina Lozano
I support restoring access to driver’s licenses for immigrants and low-income people in Wisconsin.
I am a teacher in a public school and have seen lives ruined when community members, who happen to be undocumented immigrants, were deported because of a traffic violation or had to move out of state in fear of being deported.
Undocumented Wisconsin residents have expanded the state’s workforce, contributed millions of dollars in tax revenue and have created safe, stable communities by purchasing homes and putting down roots as long-time residents. Being a welcoming, pro-immigrant state and restoring access to driver's licenses are essential to addressing the state’s labor shortage and making Wisconsin’s economy thrive.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has targeted Wisconsin residents who have been stopped for driving without a license. ICE has separated many Wisconsin families. Restoring access to driver's licenses for immigrant residents will reduce discrimination. It will help lift families out of poverty, improve public safety, and keep families together.
Melina Lozano, Madison