My name is Ed Chasteen. I am 80 years old. I map my life by the presidents who have served in my lifetime: FDR for my first 10 years brought CCC and WPA for my dad and Social Security for my grandmother. HST when THE WAR ended. DDE when the interstate highways came. JFK when we went to the moon. RMN when China opened. GRF guided the nation through the resignation of his predecessor. JEC brought a national energy policy. RWR ended the cold war. GHWB wanted to make America a kinder, gentler nation. WJC brought the Health Security Act, AmeriCorps and a balanced budget. GWB provided Medicare prescription drug benefits for seniors and funding for the AIDS relief program. BHO brought the Affordable Care Act, providing health insurance to millions.
Now we are about to choose our next president. If Donald Trump did not aspire to speak for our nation, I would still find his language and demeanor insulting, but would grant him the same right I claim for myself to say what I think. But since he does aspire to the presidency, I promise to use what little influence I have to oppose him. His views, his language, his proposed actions, his entire approach to problems and to people enflame our present enemies and grow their numbers, making our success ever more doubtful and difficult.
If Trump is triumpfant, the Ugly American will have won a hollow victory, destined by history to be known as a time of loud, thoughtless, ignorant, ethnocentric behavior. As sound and fury. Signifying nothing. Making everything difficult.
Admiral David Farragut at the battle of Mobile Bay in America’s Civil War saw his ship surrounded by mines. Survival seemed unlikely; victory impossible. But his defiant order inspired his crew to heroic effort that made history: “Damn the torpedos. Full speed ahead.”
Stopping Trump is from now until election day in November my goal.