Letters to the Editor
April 18th, 2024

To the Editor:

Democracy, according to Merriam-Webster is: a) government by the people, especially the rule of the majority, and b) a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.

Biden and the Democrat party strongly believe, and voice, that in the event Trump becomes the next president, he will be a “threat to Democracy”. They base their beliefs on the premise he fueled the January 6 actions of his supporters. He has yet to be found guilty of any charge pertaining to Jan 6. Constitution scholars believe the entire Jan 6 case is based upon comments Trump made in an attempt to overturn the election, thereby, actually, the case is based on the First Amendment and Trump’s rights to say whatever he wishes, even lie. Research fails to point out any other action Trump has done that threatens democracy.

As Biden cautions voters to not vote for Trump, as he is a threat, he continues to fail to enforce the immigration laws, laws he swore to uphold when he’s taken the oath of office in his 50 plus years. It’s true changes in the law need to be addressed, but that does not give him the power to not comply with them.

Biden flipped the finger at the US Supreme Court and decided to move ahead with student loan forgiveness. He actually acknowledged he didn’t have the right to enact his order but will do so until sued, again.

Biden violated the First Amendment rights of various social media companies, and yours, by directing them to censor and suppress American’s free speech. An order to stay his administration from communicating with those companies remains until the Supreme Court makes their determination on the case.

Biden continued to violate his oath of office when he announced his second eviction moratorium during the pandemic, right after he was told the first attempt exceeded his existing statutory authority. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was more honest, saying, “...a huge victory for the power of direct action and not taking no for an answer." Not taking no for an answer from the Supreme Court is lawlessness.

By December 2021, the courts struck out against his administration seven times. Biden, nor those in his administration, can’t unilaterally overturn or subvert laws passed by Congress. Yet Schumer and other democrats won’t move to impeach or penalize those who do. So while Biden and others want to normalize the idea presidents can regurgitate unconstitutional executive actions so long as he has positive polling is no longer a good argument.

Just ask yourself a few questions as they relate to Trump. Did he weaken the powers of Congress? No. Did he damage our system of shared power between the federal government and the states? No. Or did he weaken the judiciary? No. Or weaken the press? No. And lastly, was Trump able to exert control over the civil service? No.

Under Trump the democratic system withstood his four years in office. I don’t believe the same can be said of Biden.

Next week let’s discuss the strategic petroleum reserve. Have a good week everyone.

Patti Walker
Fillmore, Ca.