First President Bushes Just Continues to Rise; Trump Continues to Head to the Gutter
There is a lot of condemnation of the refusal of Trump to criticize by name the ugly, evil bigoted racists whose actions in
Charlottesville led to
violence and death. This moral failure
on the part of an immoral President recalls the time when the President of the
was a moral leader.
In 1995 the NRA attacked federal agents as being ‘jack-booted thugs’. In response President George H. W. Bush resigned from the group. But in resigning he also sent the group a letter that will stand forever as the paragon of justified moral outrage, and the clear signal of how an honorable person responds to promoters of hate.
I was outraged when, even in the wake of the
tragedy, Mr. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice
president of N.R.A., defended his attack on federal agents as "jack-booted
thugs." To attack Secret Service agents or A.T.F. people or any government
law enforcement people as "wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm
trooper uniforms" wanting to "attack law abiding citizens" is a
vicious slander on good people. Oklahoma
The former President went on the say this.
I am a gun owner and an avid hunter. Over the years I have agreed with most of N.R.A.'s objectives, particularly your educational and training efforts, and your fundamental stance in favor of owning guns.
However, your broadside against Federal agents deeply offends my own sense of decency and honor; and it offends my concept of service to country. It indirectly slanders a wide array of government law enforcement officials, who are out there, day and night, laying their lives on the line for all of us.
everyone should read the entire letter.
And then think of what we have lost by putting Trump in office.