That’s not leadership

To the editor,

Real political leaders want to unify the country because we can accomplish more working together than fighting amongst ourselves. Real leaders know that as important as our institutions and laws are, they are not enough. It is our common values that unite us. We may fall short at times, but our better selves know what our American values are, and they include judging people by the content of their character not their heritage, religion, social class, race or wealth. Above all, we must value truth over propaganda and lies. So, if our leaders lack our values, we must stop them.

Donald Trump turns the truth upside down, calling reputable fact-based newspapers fake, and his baseless and unsupported assertions true. Even if you think the Washington Post and are imperfect, the thousands of researched falsehoods are too much.

His values are not our values. Since when do we mock the handicapped, or cheer when the strong bully the weak, or call immigrants murderers and rapists, or threaten witnesses who dare testify against him? Since when do we not care that Russia meddled in our elections or that our president extorts Ukraine by withholding the arms and aid they need to defend themselves from Russia?

We are facing huge challenges. Other countries are getting more competitive, jobs are moving to “low-cost” countries or are being automated. It’s obvious that people are anxious and upset, and it’s easy for a leader to blame the immigrant, the Muslim, the “other” for our pain and fear, but they are not the problem. If we focus on the shiny objects Trump presents, we will look for answers in the wrong place. Good leaders look for solutions; bad ones find someone to blame.

When Trump is being Trump, that’s not leadership, that’s what dictators and tyrants do.

Richard Kamischke

Grand Haven Township

(3) comments


Another month, another bunch of hot garbage from Richard Kamischke. Richard, if Trump were the tyrannous dictator you call him out to be, your voice would go silent and you would disappear from history completely. Save the hyperbole.


Richard, I'm going out on a limb but it sounds like you are not a Trump fan? I guess you would rather have socialism under a system that has never worked and will bankrupt the country.


That’s Not Opinion – That’s Democrat Talking Points Let’s see, to this Leftist, working together means Democrats, the Administrative State, Activist Judges and the Media joining to:

• resist everything our duly elected President attempts to do in carrying out his campaign promises.

• disenfranchise the voters in the 30 States he won, leading to his win in the Electoral College.

• filibustering President Trump’s nominees 236 times, forcing a waste of legislative time by invoking cloture on each (compare to Republicans filibustering Obama first term nominees 17 times and Bush 4 times).

• Single Leftist judges issuing 40 nationwide injunctions stopping President Trump’s actions to protect us from dangerous violators of our immigration laws, importing deadly opiods, and other Constitutional actions (compare to two (2) nationwide injunctions in Obama’s first two years).

• stopping the Executive Branch from carrying out its Constitutional duties through endless partisan, frivolous investigations, subpoenas, demands for documents, abuse of Separation of Powers, culminating in the ongoing impeachment show which deprives the President of Due Process using hearsay and baseless claims. .

• etc. etc. ad nauseum

Of course, none of this is addressing the concerns of the American people, headed by Immigration and the Government.

But the writer insists that President Trump’s values are the problem – values like

Protecting the lives of the unborn

Adhering to the Constitution

Following through on his promises

avoiding needless foreign wars

advancing opportunities for all Americans for jobs and better pay

Protecting all Americans

Placing the interests of America and Americans first

Protecting the Second Amendment. I recognize many of the values of Democrats are excluded – like abortion at any time for any reason; open borders; identity politics; placing the interests of 5% of the population (LGBTQ) above the other 95%; selling out to Iran and China and being more flexible for Putin; selling out our allies like Israel and Ukraine (it was Obama that refused to supply them with the arms President Trump gave them); gun confiscation; eliminating cars, trucks and cows in the next 10 years; eliminating private health insurance; higher taxes, and so on.

Bring on 2020 and the ‘winner’ among the ‘Leaders’ Biden, Buttigieg, Booker, Harris, Gabbard, Klobuchar, Bennet, Castro, Sanders, Sestak, Warren, Yang, Bloomberg, Patrick, Bullock, Steyer

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