Letter: Trump, supporters, protesters

There has been much in the press regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of David Friedman as Washington’s new ambassador to Israel.

There is concern that the chance of a two-state solution is rapidly vanishing.

The new envoy is a nationally recognized attorney, with strong knowledge about the regional issues and challenges, and who supports Israel’s rights in its capital city, Jerusalem.

The recipe for a two-state solution includes recognition of two states for two peoples, agreement on the end of conflict with no future demands, and secure and recognized borders for Israel as outlined in U.N. Security Council Resolution 242.

When a Palestinian leader is ready to come to the negotiating table without preconditions, with these goals in mind, they will find a willing Israeli government and electorate, and a viable path to peace.

— Arthur Seltzer MD


For once I agree with the letter writer (“Intolerant anti-Trump crowd needs to grow up,” Dec. 2) noting intolerance toward Donald Trump and his supporters.

I think I can speak for millions of Americans in saying that we will continue to remain intolerant of Trump and his supporters as long as they continue to espouse the un-American values of fear-mongering, hatred, isolationism, racism, selfishness, and corruption.

If “growing up” means becoming a bigoted, xenophobic, homophobic, misogynistic troglodyte, I am pleased to maintain my youthful innocence.

— Mig Halpine


I am trying hard to understand the protesters shouting “Not my president!”

I have a suspicion. They are afraid Donald Trump will behave like President Obama to undermine the Constitution.

The Constitution binds us as a people. When it is undermined it creates fear.

According to the Declaration of Independence, the purpose of government is to protect our inalienable rights; “Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The Constitution tells us how our government can make this happen. It’s the “separation of powers” checks and balances that do this. When it’s undermined, it can create significant and justifiable fear.

Obama created significant fear with his multiple attacks on the Constitution. When a president acts without constitutional authority, it is like we have a dictator and not a leader.

Here are some examples of Obama offenses against our Constitution: The IRS targeted conservative groups, preventing them from supporting candidates in the 2012 election; Obamacare was changed by executive orders, not legislative action. This undermined the “checks and balances.”

There are many other examples.

In my opinion, the protesters are concerned Trump will act similarly and take action like a dictator. I don’t think he will. If he does, I, too, will protest as I and the Tea Party did against Obama’s actions. Our Constitution protects our rights. Our president can choose to either follow or undermine our Constitution. If he follows it there is less fear, more prosperity, and more liberty.

— Wally Hauck