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Washington faced longer odds

In terms of historical contrast, the division and opposition Donald Trump faces as president hardly measure up to the challenges George Washington faced during and even after the War of Independence. The issue of independence from Britain was by no means unanimously supported, and it proved highly divisive in all 13 of the original states. Indeed, 80,000 loyalists who rejected independence left the fledgling country during or after the war. Patriot communities went about forcing people on pain of punishment and confiscation of property to swear allegiance to the United States.

Left, not Trump supporters, violent

Over the past year the media has incessantly promoted the idea that conservatives (and more specifically "Trump supporters") have been inciting violence and hate across the country. The truth is precisely the opposite. Examining the violent crimes that have taken place in the past year reveals that the Democratic Party is responsible for inciting the violence, and that this pattern of oppression through violence is repeated throughout history as far back as the Civil War.

Yes to Medicaid block grants

The disability community is apoplectic about Health and Human Services Secretary-designate Rep. Tom Price's commitment to Medicaid block grants. Yet block granting was somewhat successful under President Reagan, and President Trump can improve it.

Left continues its tantrum

The recent violent protest by left-wingers at the University of California, Berkeley is just another reminder of how liberal haters are just gonna hate ("Berkeley rioters betray university's historical commitment to free speech," Web, Feb. 2). A lot of decent, moral people are getting really fed up with liberal hypocrisy, self-righteousness, name-calling, bullying, prejudices and discrimination. This helps explain why Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton.

Ain't seen nothing yet

President Trump's defensive action is mild compared to what Israel does to protect its citizens ("Former U.S. officials: Trump travel ban could endanger troops, 'do long-term damage,'" Web, Feb. 6).

Free speech for all, not just some

Having taught at the University of California, Berkeley many years ago, I know exactly where last Tuesday's riots occurred, as I crossed Sproul Plaza regularly ("Trump floats cutting off federal funds after Berkeley riots," Web, Feb. 2). Further, as a very, very old-fashioned liberal, I believe that the true heart of a high-quality liberal arts education is exposure to and engagement with a wide variety of ideas covering all points of view.

U.S. taking power back from left

Donald Trump assuming the presidency finds an unhinged political left still unable to cope with or accept the reality that President Obama's anti-American transformation is being erased by pro-American restoration.

Executive order necessary

As attested to by the FBI, the U.S. intelligence community is concerned that the Islamic State has the ability to manufacture fraudulent passports ("How Donald Trump strengthens national security," Web, Feb. 1).

Illegals, refugees cost us billions

The news media has been making much of the recent protests against President Trump's refugee-entrance suspension and deportation of illegals. Yet refugees and illegals are costing American citizens billions of dollars a year in welfare, education and health benefits. Do citizens have a choice in contributing to these benefits? No, we are being forced to pay them via taxes and inflation of the dollar by the central bank, which causes prices to rise and is a form of tax.

Trump refugee move has precedent

Our friends on the political left continue to show their incredible hypocrisy. While claiming to support women and immigrants, they are more than a little critical of our first lady, who is both. President Trump has promised to do his best to keep the United States and all of her people safe and secure. Therefore it is reasonable for him to declare that no strangers will enter our country until we are sure they mean us no harm.

Puzder pick bad for wage growth

In an effort to distract attention from the historically unqualified labor secretary nominee Andrew Puzder, Richard Berman sought to slander Oxfam ("Going after the choice for Labor," Web, Jan. 23)

Trump's unforgivable omission

It is shameful that President Trump's International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement failed to mention Jews or anti-Semitism, particularly since the president is making a big push to establish closer ties with Israel and that his son-in-law Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka Trump and three of his grandchildren are all Jewish. This was an inexcusable omission ("US museum defines Holocaust after White House is criticized," Web, Jan. 30).

Rebuild military to regain strength

President Donald Trump must now seize the opportunity to embrace his role as commander in chief, rebuild our military and secure peace through strength. This will require a base defense budget of $640 billion, which is $540 billion above current plans.

Scapegoat Russia

I think we know who really caused the Benghazi fiasco: Vladimir Putin. I understand that he, and not some mysterious video, really stirred those murderous uprisings. Let the truth be known. After all, Mr. Putin is a KGB man.

Running on empty

When a government raises spending and cuts taxes, it increases the debt. When it increases the number of people getting food stamps and other forms of welfare (which the Obama administration did for the past eight years), doesn't that also increase the national debt? What about some of the wasteful spending programs both parties continue to fund?

The real danger isn't Trump

There has been a lot of talk about how President Trump is horribly likely to cause some sort of nuclear detonation in the world. The awful truth, though, is that in recent years we've been closer to a nuclear bomb going off than ever before, including during the Cold War years, and we could currently face a manifestation of that reality.

Don't bury group namew

The first word of Thursday's most important Washington Times article (as determined by the piece's top-left, front-page placement) was "watchdog" ("Watchdog sees need for election fraud probe"). This term refers to the group that provided the news peg for this story, so one would think that identifying it and describing its actions would have been pretty basic and important to the credibility of the article.

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