Dear Editor,

Hubert Humphrey, former senator from Minnesota and vice president from 1964-68, has been quoted as saying, “the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of the life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.”

I thought about this quote in relation to the Trump Administration’s response to all of these, from trying to end DACA, to separating children from their parents at the border, to now wanting us to believe that the virus is behind us, and to ignoring and/or fueling the systemic racism in this country.

Let’s start with how we treat children. The Trump administration is trying to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Thanks to the recent Supreme Court ruling, children who came to this country with their parents illegally, presently are protected by our government. Many are now successful teachers, lawyers, doctors and others who contribute to our well-being and our economy. Ending DACA would enable the Trump Administration to deport 600,000 people. Shouldn’t a moral goal of our government be to create a path to citizenship for these people who enrich our lives?

How is it moral to separate children from their parents at the border? Is putting children in cages how we treat the children and the needy?

Pence was recently quoted as saying the COVID-19 is behind us and, “such panic is overblown,” even though more people die each day from it and medical experts warn that the virus may be spiraling out of control. Ask the families and friends of the people who are suffering or have died from COVID-19 if it is overblown. Is that how we treat the sick?

The Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, recently stated: “there are more important things than living and that’s saving the country for my children and grandchildren and saving the country for all of us.”

I guess he’s saying the elderly should die from the virus to save others. Isn’t that a false choice? Is that how we treat the elderly?

And what about the President’s response to systemic racism? One response was to forcefully disperse a peaceful protest in Washington D.C. to walk to St, John’s Episcopal Church to hold up a Bible. Like Joe Biden stated, maybe he should open it up once in a while.

It seems to me that the Trump Administration and some of his Republican sycophants have lost their moral compass; maybe they never had one. Isn’t the mission of the government to strive to help people from all walks of life?

 

John LaCourt

Marinette