Editor: Donald Trump promises to make America great again but even if you believe in the premise, the price of this makeover is too high.
It would entail losing our soul — our values, our diversity, indeed, our democracy. He’d like to increase our border guards threefold, do extreme vetting of immigrants, offer no amnesty, and his signature promise is to build a wall allegedly to be paid for by the country whose people we would lock out. The good news is that it’s undoable. The bad news is that a candidate for the presidency advocates it.
We have much more than a political choice to make. In a conventional political race, each party proposes different ways of improving our country — based on different economic, civic and political strategies; different approaches to achieving our goals of liberty and justice for all.
We are a country that depends on its people to shape its character and choose its future. Trump sees it another way. He would make all the decisions himself — he would tell us what we want and promise to get it for us.
Democrats, Republicans and independents must rise to the occasion and say no to a man who has delusional ideas and dictatorial ambitions. His family and staff are trying to shape him up — recast him as a normal person and a responsible leader. But they cannot contain him in that mold. We the people must not be duped. We need to walk away from our undoing.
SCRANTON TIMES TRIBUNE, Sept 11, 2016