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Letter: Not just politics

  • Author: Margo Waring
    | Opinion
  • Updated: July 30
  • Published July 30

The time has long passed being able to say, “this is just politics.” Our country is in danger. It is not just an issue of gross failure of governance during the pandemic which has caused the unnecessary deaths of tens of thousands of our fellow citizens or even the authoritarian effort to control health data. Now we are watching chilling steps which descend to a police state.

Armed men in unmarked vehicles, dressed in camouflage and with the inaccurate stencil of “police,” invaded public places, ostensibly to protect public monuments and buildings that were not being threatened. Untrained in policing, they used military tactics against people exercising their free speech rights, seizing them without probable cause, refusing to identify themselves and generally acting like those South American cartel mobsters. This private army of the Attorney General is unresponsive to local or state demands to cease and desist.

Without any request from local or state officials, this lawlessness will soon move to other cities which the president has targeted and labelled “lawless.” Reports say Chicago is next. Why is this happening? Since there is no real threat to law and order and these militia are unwanted, it is evident that this federal action is meant to support President Trump’s “law and order” re-election platform and divert attention away from mismanagement of the viral epidemic.

We have all seen this movie before — the one where the brown shirts wield their batons and break the plate glass windows and raise their arms in salute.

Our senators should remember their oath of office, especially the part where they swore to defend our Constitution. If the oath is not just words, what does it mean to live that oath? what are the actions they are called to take? This is the time for our senators to live their oath and if not now, when?

Margo Waring

Juneau

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