Published as a Letter to the Editor in The East Hampton Star, 4/12/18
April 9, 2018
To the Editor:
It’s past time to end the scapegoating: Hillary was too unlikeable, Bernie was too far left, the pollsters made us think it was in the bag, the media gave Trump endless coverage, and on and on.
While there’s plenty of blame to go around, let’s face facts: With the possibility of electing the most glaringly unfit, mentally unstable person ever to run for president, much of the electorate chose to quibble with the alternative or sulk that their preferred candidate wasn’t selected, or vote their resentments instead of their reason, or just be lazy and disengaged. The failure of the American public to take the responsibilities of citizenship seriously has plunged us into the ongoing political crisis that is the Trump presidency.
There may not be do-overs, but there are second chances. If we want to defend our democracy and protect this country, every one of us has to do our part and vote. In November, vote out Lee Zeldin, who supports and encourages a president run amok, and vote in a Democrat who will work to rein in a man whose dangerous ignorance knows no bounds.