Inaugural protests

I voted in the 1960 Presidential race between Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon.

I voted by absentee ballot because I was in basic training in the U.S. Army at the time. It was my first presidential election, and have voted in every one ever since.

Although losing to the Democratic candidate by a very narrow popular margin, I don't recall any Republican protests or demonstrations at the inauguration. Nobody marched, rioted, overturned cars, started fires, broke windows, etc.

This is because the Republicans masses, although disappointed by their candidate losing by such a small popular margin, acknowledged their loss instead of becoming like unmanageable children, throwing a tantrum because things didn't go their way.

This is another difference between emotional liberals and mature conservatives.

Harold Pollner

Apple Valley

Gov. Brown's speech

After reading Governor Brown's State of the State speech, I feel the County of San Bernardino has but one choice, that is to sucede from the State of California and be annexed by the State of Nevada.

You can only tax the people so much, and I feel that's what's happening now. It would be interesting to know how many state employees move out of the state after retiring because the taxes are too high.

Norman Andersen

Apple Valley

Response to getting cranky

On Jan. 17, I read your rather long, confusing rant. Maybe you can clear this up for me.

You asked who is going to make us great again? You then went on to list some options for us: A) The millions of lazy people that don’t want to work; B) Women on welfare reproducing without limit who don’t have to work (which Jerry Brown just put into effect); C) the millions on disability feigning they are too depressed to work; D) All of the above.

Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t all this happen under the Democrats' watch? Aren’t these issues the reasons there are so many cranky people?

Donna Isbell

Hesperia

We can't 'get over it'

Do the people who write letters like “Trump won, get over it,” Jan. 13, ever stop to consider the hilarious irony and hypocrisy of the things they are writing?

The Electoral College was not created so large states can’t run roughshod over the “more realistic” wishes of those in smaller states, it was created because our Founding Fathers distrusted the common man to keep people unqualified for the office of president or those with foreign business interests that conflict with the interests of the nation, people like Donald Trump, from becoming president.

Its failure to do so in the last election is more proof of its obsolescence and the need to get rid of it. Every vote cast for president in this country should count equally; it’s 2017, not 1788.

Who has “praised” Donald Trump’s cabinet choices, which include a neo-Nazi as his chief advisor, an Education Secretary who opposes public schools, a labor secretary with a history of cheating workers, a Health and Human Services Secretary who wants to privatize Medicare, a former Goldman Sachs executive who made millions foreclosing on elderly people’s homes during the last recession for Treasury Secretary (Hillary Clinton was crucified by Republicans for merely speaking to Goldman Sachs employees, Trump has five of them in his administration so far), a climate change denier who wants to disband the Energy Department to lead it, a conspiracy nut who helped propagate the “Pizzagate” lie as National Security Advisor and an Exxon Mobil executive who has close ties to Vladimir Putin and a huge oil drilling contract with Russia his company cannot take advantage of as long as U.S. sanctions against Russia remain in place as Secretary of State.

We’re given unsubstantiated claims of Hillary Clinton’s “violent temper and abusive words” but what about the violent temper and abusive words we see and hear from Donald Trump every day? How would this writer respond if she heard her children or grandchildren repeat the kind of obscene, obnoxious things Trump says, especially about women? How would anyone feel if they heard a child say “grab her by the …..”?

As for Hillary’s “nonconforming” e-mail server, like every other taxpayer funded investigation into outrageous allegations against Hillary, including eight about Benghazi alone, no actual evidence of wrongdoing on Clinton’s part was found.

People in America and around the world are scared. They see the threat an ignoramus like Donald Trump, who has no clue what he’s doing and seems more interested in Tweeting insults to his “enemies” than learning, poses to our country and to the world at large.

Those who refuse to see this are the ones telling the rest of us to “get over it.” Like they got over Obama?

Danny Sexton

Apple Valley

A new Republican Party

I suppose people can forgive or forget President Trump as a greedy, venal, unscrupulous businessman, but I can’t. To see him slouch up to the podium where Chief Justice Roberts waited to administer the oath of office, top coat unbuttoned showing a suit coat unbuttoned and a red tie, reminded me that here is a man who doesn’t play by the rules. He makes a tattered flag out of situational ethics, not bothering to rationalize his lack of morals at all. Then he made a speech. For 15 minutes he talked to his base, middle class white males. At least George W. Bush was honest. He called his base “the Haves and the Have Mores.”

All around him were the Washington political insiders, the billionaires who financed his campaign, the Supreme Court with its four political activists, Thomas, Alito, Kennedy and Roberts. And they all sat there. If you think President Trump is a man of the people who is concerned with jobs for the middle class, tell me why he used Chinese steel in his Las Vegas hotel.

Donald Trump is the new Republican President of the United States, but this is not the party of Lincoln. This is the Republican Party that began in Mississippi in 1956. The Democratic Party started to fade as this new Republican Party grew in strength after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act in 1964. And now Donald Trump is the new White Supremacist president of the United States.

Tom Freeman

Pinon Hills