Congress setting a poor

example for American public

I’m writing regarding two pieces in your opinion page last week, “A tale of two flailing Republicans” and “We must face the truth about Spanish Colonization.”

First I want to say that I don’t see anything wrong with the rant by Republican Roman Jimenez or by President Donald Trump’s response to the violence in South Carolina. I guess we all want to hear what we want to hear. People are screaming that his statements are racist but this is what I heard: Hate groups are wrong regardless of whether they are white supremacists or black people screaming racism. However, this is America and you are free to believe what you want. You are even free to hate if you want. But, when you cross the line and impose on someone else’s rights, as in you commit violence against another person or group, you have become the problem. Violence to prove a point is never okay regardless of whichever side of the aisle you are on!

I have to admit—I am tired of being called a racist because I didn’t vote for President Barack Obama and because I did vote for President Trump. I am tired of it enough that I too feel like fighting back, and many times I have felt like punching someone who is just plain ignorant. But I choose not to because I want to be part of the solution, not the problem. Let me just say—don’t you dare presume to know that I am a racist just because of who I vote or don’t vote for. Spend the time getting to know me first and then judge me if you feel you must. However, if you spend some time getting to know me and listening to my beliefs and reasons you might find I just might have some good ideas that could make America better. And I’d love to listen to your ideas as well because you may have some too! And between the two of us, if we listen to one another, we might be able to brainstorm the flaws in our thinking and come up with a solution that works for both with very little flaws. Slow down and take the time to do that and that is what will make America great again.

Now my rant! I’m tired of seeing history torn down because “the Ten Commandments” promote religion, and the Confederate flags and statues promote racism, and guns promote domestic violence, or re-enacting past wars will encourage racist or tyrannical beliefs, etc. I’m tired of seeing symbols and inanimate objects being blamed for what is happening in America. It’s because people feel they have a right to solve things through violence. Rioting and destroying businesses after Trump won the election was out of line. So was the violence in South Carolina amongst protestors and it’s high time we start holding people accountable for their actions. The people who have committed violence chose to do that. The Republicans didn’t hold a gun to the rioters’ heads and tell them they had to riot in the street. The statues and flags did not threaten someone’s life and make them commit violence against another person—these were all choices and someone chose to behave that way. Enough of the Blame Game! Let us start teaching proper behavior and problem-solving skills, and start holding people accountable for their actions and stop allowing people to blame objects and symbols for poor behavior. Whether you believe in the Ten Commandments or not, whether you believe in the confederate flag or the statue of Robert E. Lee or whether you believe in guns or not—whether you reenact history or not, it’s history and history is important. To remove it just because you don’t agree with it is wrong. Instead use it as a reminder to change the future. Out of sight, out of mind does not solve the underlying problem. No problem was ever solved by ignoring it. Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. Stop making the problem about the history or the specific groups or specific objects and put the problem where it belongs with the violence, and hold people accountable for the choices they make, making violence never ever acceptable.

My final rant: Congress should be held responsible for setting a bad example. They have managed to do very little in many many years because they are too busy not listening to the other side. If Congress and those people that are consistently in the public eye can’t get along, how can you expect the rest of America to get along? As a Democrat you may hate the Republicans. As politicians you may hate the president who is no politician, but it’s time you get off you high horse and work together. Start listening to each other and stop badmouthing each other. You are who people are watching. Yes, this is America—you are free to hate whomever you want but people are watching you and if you hate and are vocal about it and refuse to work together on anything, how can you possibly expect the American public to get along?

Tamne Robinson, Tijeras