Letters | Oct. 13, 2021

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Can Kamala Harris be resurrected?

How could such a deceiving headline have been produced for the Ron Kampeas report of Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to George Mason University? (“Kamala Harris ‘strongly disagrees’ with student who said Israel was carrying out ethnic genocide,” Oct. 7)


A more accurate rendition would have been that the vice president’s staff strongly disagreed with the impression left by Kamala Harris after her brief chat with one woman student who was highly critical of Israel.

It cannot be overlooked that Kamala Harris still holds the position of responsibility for the Southern border, where the level of chaos rises daily. In addition, she claims to have been the only other person with President Joe Biden when he made the fateful decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. She has not spoken in public since on either of these issues.

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In summary, Kamala Harris has displayed a total lack of leadership, and it is frightening to recognize that if something were to cause Joe Biden to leave the presidency, Kamala Harris would succeed him

STANLEY ORMAN


Rockville

 

He’s got it backward

Michael Gelman (“The hidden dangers to our democracy,” Opinion, Oct. 7) has the threats to American democracy exactly backward. The dangers do not come from former President Donald Trump, nor do they come from the Supreme Court or the Republican Party. Rather, they come from the Biden presidency and the Democratic Party — a party that has become hostage to its radical far left wing that consistently preaches anti-American and anti-Israel dogma and contempt for America’s founding principles.

According to Gelman’s twisted logic, Trump encouraged an “armed insurrection” and “the big lie” of a stolen presidential election. What he calls an armed insurrection was in fact a mostly peaceful day-long gathering attended by thousands of citizens exercising their First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Unfortunately, the protest got out of hand when some protesters-turned-rioters broke into the Capitol building. As for the protesters being “armed,” the only person killed in the mayhem (gunned down by a U.S. Capitol Police officer) was unarmed 35-year-old Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt who found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

And where is Gelman’s evidence of an armed insurrection? Is it the rumormongering found in unabashedly one-sided, unsubstantiated news accounts?

Also risible is Gelman’s accusation that Republican-majority state legislatures are passing laws suppressing the minority vote and investigating claims of fraud in order to, in his words, “overturn legitimate presidential election results.” Also laughable is the charge that the so-called “Republican Supreme Court” acquiesces in election chicanery.

Again, these accusations could not be further from the truth. The Constitution of the United States (Article I, Section 4) gives the state legislatures (not the federal government, nor state entities other than the legislature) specific authority to determine reasonable election procedures. Common sense voter ID requirements, intended to prevent fraud, have never been found to adversely affect the minority vote except in the frenetic minds of those on the far left who don’t value election integrity.

MARC L. CAROFF

Virginia Beach

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