Donald Trump and his cult members just gave us a glimpse of how politics and democracy are conducted in dictatorships and in some third-world nations.

I am old enough to remember most of the last 80 years of our history. I have never before felt ashamed of being an American. I hope that we will quickly come together and Make America Great Again — like it was in 2015.

As the song says, God bless America — please.

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gabrielshorn2013

As a member of "the greatest generation", you have no reason to be ashamed of being an American, Mr. Chaney. Feeling ashamed means you will accept the status quo as unchangeable, and you should not. Keep hope in your heart, which drives change.

Dwasserba

"I hope that we will quickly come together and Make America Great Again — like it was in 2015." I get you, but even 2015 had blind spots that are never coming back in the culture of majority-minorities ahead of us.

threecents

Good letter. There is a lot of talk urging us to feel empathy for Trump supporters and to even make excuses for the attack on the Capital. Sorry, but I am not evolved enough to excuse the damage the ugly American Trump supporters have done and continue to do.

Dwasserba

I heard an interesting take on it - the uprising at the Capitol was more like a rowdy funeral for what was than a sign of what's ahead. A level playing field is scary if all you used to have to do to win, was show up.

DickD

How can people who belong to the Republican party, a party that claimed to be the moral majority, vote for Trump, a man of no morals. He's not religious, he holds the bible upside down as he gasses peaceful protesters. And he states; "Two Corinthians", not Second Corinthians. He just pretends to be religious for his cult. How can they believe his nonsense.

Dwasserba

He makes them feel important. There's nothing subtle about it. It's almost childlike. Turns out that about 75 million people like to be succored and soothed even when it is transparently self-serving. Sally Field won an award and gushed, "you like me, you really like me!" And was derided for it. It was too nakedly needy and approval-seeking. But actually a lot of people relate. Sitting in a crowd in a red hat can make you feel special. It's ok to admit it. Just ignore the outlets that say it's sad and you're fine.

threecents

[thumbup]DW

olefool

Yeah.... America has a long history of handling domestic terrorism, just look how they defeated the Native American problem.

matts853

Thanks for the letter. I agree with you.

Unfortunately, a large segment of our countrymen have a different vision of what America should be compared to what we were in 2015 before Trump.

The more I learn about what happened, I can’t escape the conclusion that racism and a desire to keep America white is at the core of these peoples’ value system. It’s apparent they hated 2015 America. So to them, Trump did in fact MAGA. He gave them hope that Trump could resurrect an era of America somewhere between 1776 and 1959. They will endeavor to finish the insurrection they started, but they won’t succeed of course.

They will lose their fuhrer on Wednesday, which should temper their extremism. They will be a movement in search of national leader to take his place. But I’m concerned a cabal of Republican senators or congressmen will pickup where Trump left off and continue to stoke their rage. And if one of those people were to become president, watch out America.

threecents

Yep, Things can get worse. Don Jr for instance.

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