Mary O'Neill's letter in last Thursday's (4-20-17) edition was most gracious in behalf of Donald Trump. Her suggestion that he needs our prayers and support is well taken, but unusual times require unusual measures, and times with Donald Trump "leading" our nation are indeed unusual.

He should not be given our support! This unethical and unqualified man duped approximately 62 million voters to put him in the most powerful position in the world. It is good to note that over 64 million voters cast their ballots to prevent him from that post.

Daily he proves himself and his administration incompetent and unworthy to be the voice of democracy to the world. Foreign policy escapes his grasp as he threatens with reckless, veiled diatribe and self-assured bravado, and now we are in peril across the globe. A wall across our southern border is the most stupid idea ever put forth by a world leader. What does it say to us when the message on Silent Paul Ryan's voicemail is, "Our allies don't trust us anymore."

His contempt for the general population displays itself in that he has appointed, and the Republican Congress reprehensibly approved of, cabinet members who are antithetical to the offices in which they are to SERVE -- DeVos, Price, Pruitt, Sessions, Carson, Tillerson, Woods, etc., etc., etc. He flaunts what he imagines as a position of supremacy by having taxpayers foot the bill for his three million dollar weekends in Florida while he escapes the pressures of presidencing. He defies a 1978 law which prohibits nepotism in the agency in which the federal official presides. An honorable person would reveal his tax situation as requested. No wonder only 25 percent of the people believe this man to be honest. And Congress, especially Republicans, turn their blind eyes to these travesties and injustices to America's citizens. As Paul Ryan states, "I'm not going to criticize the presidents."

Constitutionally, the duty of Congress is to serve as a check and balance on the Executive Branch. The leaders in Congress, McConnell and Ryan, fail miserably in this task. In fact, they offer no resistance to the ignorance of convention and the dignity that a president should exhibit.

We SHOULD pray, but a better use of prayer would be to do so that Congress would perform its duty and remove this man from the presidency because this government has become destructive of the people's inalienable rights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and when the government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter and abolish it."

Congress, do your duty!

Jim Laughlin, Charleston


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