Readers Write: Re: ‘Off The Leash’

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In Conor O’Farrell’s column, he expresses his concern that he didn’t pay enough attention to the growing tension that slowly moved into our media outlets and that government is supposed to do the business of “the people” and not secure the fortunes of the rich and powerful.

I have no idea what his point was. His column is a perfect example of the conflict in our country. Obviously, he believes that self-described socialist Bernie Sanders is the only candidate to shine a light on our problems, but he fell short because of our “changeaphobia.”

A large part of what’s wrong is that too many people just don’t get it. Hillary Clinton won California by more votes than the difference in the popular vote for the entire nation, so I am not sure what Mr. O’Farrell could have done to achieve a different outcome.

Until those who disagree with people who actually voted for our president realize that 62,984,825 of your fellow citizens voted for President Trump and we are not stupid, ignorant, racist or blah, blah, blah, we will continue to have the anger he describes.

I am angry, too. I’m angry that there’s such hatred, eye-rolling and disdain toward fellow citizens for exercising our right to vote. We have a democracy and, as President Obama famously said, “Elections have consequences.” Electing Donald Trump is prima facie evidence that some of us do not suffer from “changeaphobia,” but rather, the status quo.

On the one hand, Mr. O’Farrell decries, “If we let them divide us ...” and yet he says “… we are stuck with a leader without a map, a brain or an education.” Hardly a way to “learn to talk to each other” and “open our minds to change.” We don’t agree, but that doesn’t make either one of us evil or stupid.

My biggest fear is that people literally want President Trump to fail. Do they not understand that means we fail too?

Patricia Lane

Idyllwild

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