Last weekend, some conservatives — or, perhaps, white nationalists — tried to have a March Against Far-Left Violence. Their speeches were drowned out by banging on pots and pans, and bells and sirens. I think that shutting down the haters was a bad idea.
First, it is not neighborly. I have been to several liberal rallies at the state Capitol. Conservative protesters stood silently with their AR-15s and did not try to disrupt the speakers. If conservatives can allow liberals to speak, the reverse should be true as well. More importantly, if people with noxious ideas are not allowed to present their opinions with words, they will find other more dangerous ways to do so.
Everybody, let’s chill and represent Austin as a city that debates ideas rather than shouting them down.
STEPHEN W. SATHER, AUSTIN
The directive from Washington, D.C., to separate immigrant children from parents at the border was a disastrous idea created by Stephen Miller. He has now thought of deporting people with green cards if they take advantage of the Affordable Care Act or food stamps. Miller’s uncle has spoken out against his ideas.
The separated children from the border have been sent all over the United States to be wards of these states. These children should be with their parents. Who is paying for these children’s welfare? There was talk of putting these families up in Texas military bases. At a cost to whom? I wish that Attorney General Ken Paxton or some judge would bring kidnapping charges up against Miller. The man belongs in jail for life without parole. That chain migration that the president speaks of? His in-laws used it. Lock Miller up!
JANE FARGO, AUSTIN
I would like to thank Adm. William McRaven for his expression of disgust at President Trump’s revocation of John Brennan’s security clearance. I’m no McRaven by a long shot, but I did serve as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst in Vietnam and Thailand when Draft Dodger Donald was, well, dodging the draft.
I assume that my security clearance expired when I was discharged in 1971. Nevertheless, I would consider it an immense honor if Trump would formally revoke it. I would be proud to join an American patriot like Brennan in that honor. If there are any Army Security Agency veterans of Vietnam reading this, I invite you to join me.
BILL STONE, AUSTIN
Regarding Peter Strzok being fired by FBI over anti-Trump text messages: Actually, those texts are only the excuse for President Trump’s firing and smearing of the FBI counterintelligence chief. When James Comey was asked by the president to abandon the investigation of foreign agent Michael Flynn, he followed protocol to the letter, immediately writing notes, then sharing his account with the appropriate group of other agents, who could then act as witnesses if necessary.
Since Comey’s firing and smearing, every other FBI agent in that room has been treated in a like manner, so that their testimony could be discredited in a court proceeding. This law enforcement agency that prides itself on integrity and accountability is being deliberately destroyed to save the president from the law. Perhaps, Trump plans to replace it with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which already acts as if it is a law unto itself.
GARY BENNETT, AUSTIN
In “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” William L. Shirer wrote this about Germans being fooled by Nazi propaganda: “I would meet with the most outlandish assertions from seemingly educated and intelligent persons. It was obvious that they were parroting some piece of nonsense they had heard on the radio or read in the newspapers.”
Today, in America, most of the press is merely a Nazi-like propaganda machine for the left. The harsh truth is there if one looks for it, but many people prefer to embrace the comfortable “Trump is Satan” lie. Here is a truth that cannot be denied: When Berlin fell, and vengeful Russian soldiers stormed in, the horrific things they did to low-information Berliners were some of the worst atrocities of the war. In the end, those Germans paid a terrible price for believing the lie. That’s something for every liberal to remember this November.
KEVIN ALLEN, GEORGETOWN