Letter: Poor response to protests does not show leadership | Letters

A new homeowner is going to hang a heavy picture on the wall. He picks up his hammer and nail and proceeds to drive the nail into the wall. It only goes through the drywall and stops. He never stops hitting the nail to discover that there was concrete behind the drywall. If he investigated to find out what is behind the wall, he would then understand the problem. He could then apply a different strategy.

In the same way, Donald Trump continues to preach law and order, vilifies protesters, etc. He does not seem interested to do the difficult task of fixing the problem that is causing the nail to continue to bend. He should, as elected leader, work for justice for all.

The calls for more police, more National Guard, encouraging vigilantes is just beating the nail into concrete. Working to ensure that all Americans feel they are treated justly, is working toward a solution. However, it requires effort, listening, deal making, leadership, morality from the top down. Protesters have the right to do so, looters should be held accountable. Continued hammering does not fix the problem .

If you can stretch the meaning of the Second Amendment into open carry laws, you can certainly allow protesting protected by the First Amendment. If you want to dress in fatigues and get to use weapons of war, maybe you should enlist, get trained and learn the meaning of service to all Americans. E pluribus unum.

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