While Democrats are busy playing politics at the expense of our nation’s security, President Donald Trump is committed to securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws. The Democratic leadership needs to stop the political games and protect the American citizens they were elected to represent. Risking American safety should not be a partisan issue. We must protect and strengthen our borders.

We are a nation and, if we trace it back far enough, we all are here because of immigration. But open borders around the richest nation on Earth bring the thief and the criminal in addition to good people. The stories of hideous offenses against our people are reason enough to justify the plans recommended by those who we charge with guarding our borders and risking their own safety every day.

How can anyone elected by the American people not put the safety of their constituents ahead of illegal immigrants? How can the people we elect be willing to deny safe and secure borders to his/her constituents for partisan politics!

The Department of Homeland Security has reported that in 2018 1.7 million pounds of narcotics have been seized, 17,000 adults have been arrested with criminal records, 6,000 gang members (including MS-13) have been apprehended at our Southern border. Is that alone not enough justification for the proposed border program?

In 2013, all 54 Senate Democrats voted to pass legislation that provided $46 billion to build a physical barrier on the border. What changed?

Can we forget party politics and the noise created on all sides with this crucial matter and do the right thing? While the wall alone is not the total solution, the wall and the rest of the proposed border program deserve our support as citizens, Democrats, Republicans, Independents and non-voting citizens alike.

— Verel and Sandy Salmon, Millcreek

 

Democrats want socialism,

not a free United States

The irrational hatred for everything  President Donald Trump by the progressive, socialist left has so consumed and poisoned their minds that they can't stop attacking him for a second, not even during the recent season of peace on Earth and goodwill to all.

They oppose everything he does, regardless of whether it's good for America. Their endless leak-filled investigations are meant to convict him in the court of public opinion, since the lies based on a fictional dossier, or their own opinions, would never be admissible in a court of law. How many Democrats could withstand a Robert Mueller-style investigation? Certainly not the Clintons!

Why do Democrats believe it is wrong to consider America first, lower taxes, reduce unemployment, protect the borders, stop drug and human trafficking, and enforce the law? Is it because they know that informed American people are rejecting them and their socialist, anti-American ways?

They know they need a voting dependency class to achieve power and continue transforming America into a socialist, instead of a free, country, and I think uneducated illegal immigrants unlawfully voting is their plan. I think it is why they fight against voter ID laws, and why Democrats who formerly supported the wall have flipped position on illegal immigration in just the past decade.

— Matt Evans, Erie

 

Partisan gridlock and rank

corruption erode democracy

We all know we have three branches of government. A bill goes through the House and if passed, goes on to the Senate for a vote. If passed, it goes on to the president to sign into law or veto. If vetoed, the Senate can override to pass the bill or fail to override and the bill will not be law. This system is not complicated.

However, our two-party system over the course of one and one-half centuries or so, has sneaked in ways to manipulate, corrupt and paralyze the government to their liking. We call this politics and now assume it is normal. We cannot allow a majority leader say a branch is not voting on a bill. All bills need to be voted on. That is why elected officials are there. Pretty simple. Yet we allow corruption. I say majority leaders who refuse to have votes on bills are obstructing justice and need to be imprisoned and replaced.

And, on another note, if we want to keep government running better, we need to abolish rider bills. This will eliminate gridlock and the need for officials to vote for one part of a bill they don't want in order to pass the other part they do want. This is more of control politics, another obstruction of justice.

In my short 65 years, it blows my mind how our democracy has eroded to paralysis and eventual demise. It does not have to be this way. But it is also obvious that electing a Democrat or Republican who is controlled by his or her majority leaders has failed our nation. This democracy, not envisioned by our forefathers, has crumbled.

 — Tom Butcher, Millcreek