EDITOR: Professionals aren’t supposed to diagnose at a distance, but the rest of us can expose the wannabe emperor. Donald Trump’s behavior is that of an emotionally disturbed man in the early stages of dementia, the disease that ravaged his father. Witness the diminished vocabulary, slowed speech and inability to make full sentences without a script or remember his own lies from one day to the next.
The behavior that’s puzzling is that of his enablers. Are they up too close to see the emperor has no clothes? Are they seeing him as he used to be?
I suspect many do see and are covering for him. Anthony Scaramucci revealed as much when he professed unconditional love for our needy, gullible leader in his New Yorker interview July 27: “Some people inside the administration think it is their job to protect America from the president.”
Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC on Tuesday said he is losing executive function and his family is there to help him. Bravo to those who would put country above party; may they leak and speak freely. History will show them as patriots if they enable us to replace Trump with someone who is at least mentally and emotionally fit.
EDITOR: In response to an article in The Press Democrat in May by Martin Espinoza titled “Sonoma County Sheriff restricts cooperation between jail and ICE,” I sent a letter to the editor stating that the sheriff’s decision was certainly a step in the right direction. However, based on the lead article in the Saturday addition of the PD, “County jail still notifying ICE,” it appears that I was overly optimistic. This reversal in policy is definitely a step in the wrong direction.
A significant step in getting the Sheriff’s Office back on track is to get SB 54, which would bar local and state law enforcement from using their resources to help federal immigration enforcement, passed.
The bill has been approved in the Senate and is currently in committee in the Assembly. We, the people of the state of California, need to take direct, personal action to get this bill passed. This means contacting your state Assembly representative and letting him know that you strongly support this bill. We are a democracy, and in a democracy the term “We the People” means you.
BETTE ANN FLEISCHACKER
Two songs for Trump
EDITOR: I have two songs for the Donald to listen to over and over: “Try a little kindness,” which was sung by Glen Campbell, and “America” sung by Neil Diamond. They tell what this country was and is meant to be. Listen to them Mr. Trump, and get the message.
But there’s another song that frightens me because with the impulsive tweeter-in-chief in command it seems fitting: “Eve of Destruction” sung by Barry McGuire. It was originally a Vietnam protest song, but McGuire has redone his song to fit our world now. Check out You Tube and listen to the different versions for today’s world — a scary world with some pretty scary people in charge.
EDITOR: Don Waltenspiel’s letter regarding single-payer health insurance (“Government controlled?” Saturday) reeks of the hypocrisy displayed by those who have government programs yet argue against them for others. He uses the infamous caveat “but” to make his case. He has Medicare “but” is worried about government control. If Waltenspiel has Medicare, he probably has Social Security too. Oops! Another government program. Bad. Bad.