Trump threatens democracy, freedom
I am a Cuban immigrant. I’ve been in the U.S. since 1964 and have been a citizen since 1969. I have never been politically active even though I voted in every election. This is borne out of my Cuban origins: fear and distrust of government, it is safer to keep a low profile, “to fly below the radar.”
But I can no longer do that. I see everything that I value about America at risk. I find this climate of racism, sexism, religious and national prejudice shocking.
When I first came to the U.S., I thought Americans were the warmest and most welcoming people in the world. They did everything to make my assimilation easy and problem-free. I now fear for the future of democracy.
The current president swore to uphold the Constitution yet he is in violation of the emoluments clause. He is threatening the First Amendment by trying to silence the press, political and citizen opposition. He is abusing executive powers and displaying the dictatorial tendencies that characterized his business career. Americans’ personal freedom and the principles of democracy throughout the world are at risk!
This is how it starts — rise up America, before it’s too late.
MARY CAMACHO SMITH, MARIETTA