Let us take courage and be our best selves

My neighbors and family are outraged that U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik signed onto a lawsuit against states other than New York concerning the election outcome of President Donald Trump re-election loss. Republicans are certainly within their rights to disagree with Joe Biden and to challenge decisions made by his administration. But those who refuse to accept his victory are undermining the rule of law.

Biden won by more than 7 million votes as well as the same electoral college tally that Trump declared “a landslide” four years ago. The people have spoken!

And Ms. Stefanik wanted to take away the rights of voters? Anyone now standing silent regarding this attack on our democracy is complicit. This is a stain on Ms. Stefanik and the Republican Party.

The implications of this attack on truth go beyond elections. We are in the middle of a pandemic. Lives depend on the government’s ability to convince people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or at least participate in preventive behaviors.

By denying the authority of those who govern, Republicans are placing lives in danger. Getting this pandemic under control will be harder, and so will getting our economy back and functioning. The Trump administration is silent about the suffering of others except to claim “credit” for something.

We are changing our presidential administration. It is time to move on to addressing the health, safety and economic security of our citizens. We are really disappointed in Ms. Stefanik.

Valerie Johnson

Chippewa Bay

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(19) comments

zeitgeist

For those distressed by Stefanik, I figured out a way to remedy it. Actually, the WDT figured it out for me.

The remedy is called "the end justifies the means" or "a good outcome excuses any wrongs committed to attain it."

We're lucky there are no ethicists in the north country to point out its flaws.

Distressed Stefanik folks are advised to focus on her Fort Drum, agriculture, healthcare, and tourism ends. They justify her demonic means.

Now that everyone is on board with the remedy, distressed Stefanik folks can breath a sigh of relief, and WDT folks can breath one, too, since the pressure is off to address the Stefanik-means-stuff that might alienate readers.

Now that's what I call a nice, north country, remedy.

Baxter

Elise Stefanik probably thought it was her moment of in Profiles and Courage. Unfortunately, the wrong kind of courage if there was any courage at all. Certainly very dangerous subversion of our rule of law. I don't believe she is serving the 21st district well by that reckless action and poor judgment on her part. Not very good material for higher office.

minder

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JohnMcElroy

This lawmaker won her re-election by a good margin. It appears she feels safe if she joins with 100 of her fellow republicans and supports the now tossed lawsuit by the Texas attorney general and 17 or 18 states. I'm guessing lame duck or no many lawmakers still fear president (nut case) Trump and did what they felt was necessary to keep their jobs. Go Elise.

KRobbins

I'm guessing lame duck or no many lawmakers still fear president (nut case) Trump and did what they felt was necessary to keep their jobs.

So, she won by a good margin, but has to sign onto an anti-democratic effort to disenfranchise voters in 4 states to appease the sad rich toddler in the WH because he might cause her to lose her job in 2 years? I’m hoping to see a primary from a sane Republican in a year and a half. Maybe someone a little more from the Reagan/Solomon line and not the Trump/Greene/Stefanik line.

Any Congressperson that fears Trump shouldn’t be in their job. A lot of Democrats sacrificed theirs to pass ACA. Too bad Republicans aren’t as public spirited.

JohnMcElroy

I understand you don't like Stefanik but her district is solid republican, (Cook Political Report). She's so popular she can raise 500 thousand dollars in 2 hours. Not much chance of her Trump support hurting her much.

Empathy

How did we ever go from electing Congressman Owen, a fine Representative for the North Country and a fine national leader to be proud of, to Stefanik?

KRobbins

Not much chance of her Trump support hurting her much.

We’ll see.

JohnMcElroy

Elise defeated Aaron Woolfe the democrat and Matt Funiciello Green Party to represent the 21st. I went to one of her campaign deals in Queensbury and was impressed. She is like Obama, if she is in the room you know it, sort of a ultra Charisma.

She has to her credit, Albany Academy for Girls, 2002 and Harvard 2006 graduating with honors from Harvard and currently serves on the Senior Advisory Committee of Harvard's Institute of Politics. She served in the Bush administration in the West Wing as part of the

Domestic Policy Council from 2006 to 2009. She's a tough act to follow.

KRobbins

She is like Obama, if she is in the room you know it, sort of a ultra Charisma.

I’ve been in a room with her and she’s really not all that scintillating. She’s absolutely no Barack Obama. Just want to point out that Obama is a Black man, broken home, born in Kenya who becomes president of the US. Actually, second Black president after Bill Clinton. Also, from a bad home life like Reagan. Republicans used to be into the whole Horatio Alger thing. Now they worship spoiled rich kids. If they’re not born on at least third base don’t come around.

That brings me back to Stefanik. She’s a Republican who won a House seat in northern NY by playing politics with people’s health insurance running on Repeal and Replace which she still doesn’t have the replacement.

Green Grace

Empathy---RE: How did we ever go from electing Congressman Owen, a fine Representative for the North Country and a fine national leader to be proud of, to Stefanik? (It's called redistricting........Owens probably quit, knowing it would be hard to keep this district with its new borders.)

Pitbull

You said it, robbins, "born in Kenya."

KRobbins

You said it, robbins, "born in Kenya."

That’s called a joke. Look it up.

KRobbins

Owens probably quit, knowing it would be hard to keep this district with its new borders.

That may be. He also quit in the wake of the vote over ACA which Stefanik politicized in her first two campaigns and is probably a big part of why we’re stuck with her. You get the bad (her) with the good (health insurance) I suppose. Life is trade offs.

KRobbins

Joke: the humorous or ridiculous element in something Merriam Webster

And there’s nothing more ridiculous than birthers except maybe election deniers.

KRobbins

Great letter. The Republican Party is the biggest threat to democracy today after taking the handoff from Russia.

minder

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Farmer Liz

Agree 100%. Unfortunately, the cult members revere her for her attempts to undermine both the Constitution and the will of the people. No true Republican that I grew up with would condone this behavior, so I don't know what party her supporters really belong to. I'm hoping that once the dust settles, District 21 will come to its senses.

Eagle24

The election has opened my eyes to that with some loyalty surpasses logic. I question myself daily on whether comments on this page, or FB are sincere or meant to antagonize others. I'm actually hoping it's the later...that those commenters do this out of jest and to "poke the commenter"... and not from the real belief that the vote counts, recounts, 50+ court cases, William Barr's comments and resignation... are a conspiracy and fraud at a level to change the election.. Are we really, as Lincoln noted a house divided... If so, then Trump's influence is not unlike those leaders who democracy rose up against in history...

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