Recently I read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle which summarized a graduation speech former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave at a university. He mentioned President George Washington couldn’t tell a lie, but today we have politicians who cannot tell the truth.

Bloomberg stated “extreme partisanship” has led to citizens tolerating lies in our politics, and people are more connected to their political parties than the truth. Bloomberg feels there are many enablers who defend politicians who tell lies, and the biggest threat to our democracy “is our willingness to tolerate dishonesty in service of party and in pursuit of power.”

Our president and other politicians are telling us it is politically correct to demonize and dehumanize people. An advisor to our president recently remarked that Sen. John McCain’s vote on the new CIA director did not matter “because he’s dying anyway.” President Trump has implied McCain is not enough of a military hero. He has conveniently forgotten McCain was a Vietnam POW for five years and suffered mental and physical torture.

Then we have Roseanne Barr who likened Valerie Jarrett to an ape. Where is the civility and respect for people? Aren’t the above mentioned supposed to be role models? Too many politicians, celebrities and other public officials don’t care what they say or how they say it. Are we to believe these people are making America great or are they tearing America down? Doesn’t shame and integrity matter anymore?

LEON K. FREEBURG

Janesville

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