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Guess what, politicians? Americans are already free | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
The Declaration of Independence (1819), John Trumbull.
The Declaration of Independence (1819), John Trumbull. [ Public domain ]
Published Aug. 17

Americans are already free

Neglect of duty | Letter, Aug. 10

Currently we have political campaigns that are promising you “freedom.” I find this very upsetting. Our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence, then fought and died in the Revolutionary War, created a Constitution and a government — all to guarantee our freedom to be a nation of the people, by the people and for the people. Throughout the years, many Americans have fought in wars and died protecting our freedom that, again, was established by our founding fathers. So, no surprise, we already have freedom! Politicians who claim that they will give you freedom are simply playing on your emotions.

Paul Fry, St. Petersburg

Stand down on the rhetoric

Some Trumpists root for civil war | Column, Aug. 14

We are witnessing violent and threatening acts protesting the legal search warrants of Donald Trump’s Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago. Mona Charen’s column cited several politicians who are fanning the flames of violence. But it’s not just the usual headline-seeking crazies. For instance, I was disgusted to read Tampa Bay U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ recent newsletter referring to the legal warrants as “weaponizing federal agencies to target political rivals.” He adds that, “We must take action to protect the American people.” Yes, action could be in the form of investigations and letter writing, but I fear that there are far too many who will incorrectly take it as a kind of call to arms.

Gail A. Reynolds, Dade City

Not the experts

Rubio’s fake populism is no match for history | Column, Aug. 16

Historian Sean Wilentz mentions that Sen. Marco Rubio is neither a scientist nor a historian. Most politicians are not scientists, historians, doctors, economists, accountants, financial planers, theologians or teachers, etc. Yet, when they make decisions controlling our lives they act like they are the experts in all of these fields.

Ken Cohen, St. Petersburg

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