When there is a fire raging, the first act must be to deal with the major source of danger. The first duty of government is to protect the people of this country. This should not involve forcing us to endure the worry of even one more day with a man empowered to activate weapons of destruction.

What we witnessed on Jan. 6 was a president not only unwilling to protect people and property, but a president responsible for inciting the very violence which directly resulted in not only destruction in our nation’s Capitol but also the death of five individuals and injury to others. We also saw, again at the instigation of the president, the total lack and blatant disregard for law and order being played out for all of America and the world to see.

Unfortunately, at least in my humble opinion, unless you were deaf and blind the last four years, foresight could have easily seen this coming. In the time president Donald Trump has been in office, he has demonstrated time and time again, by his words and actions, disdain for the truth, disdain for the rule of law, disdain for the institutions and traditions of government, and disdain for anyone who would deign, even slightly, to criticize or disagree with him, even calling these “dissenters” enemies of the country.

In the end, Trump lacked the honesty, integrity, honor, class, gravitas and statesmanship to hold the highest position of public service in the country that our Founding Fathers envisioned. But, as many have said over and over again, what Trump said and did was “Trump just being Trump.” History (and perhaps the federal New York, Georgia and District of Columbia criminal laws) will judge the man himself over time.

Thankfully, America made the right choice in deciding on the next president of the United States and ridding ourselves of the anarchist.

Mark Chmielinski

St. Maries

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