Perspectives: If you love your country, resign

America can be well served by a Trump resignation.

If I question Trump’s actions, Trump supporters say I just hate him. Hate Trump? Of course not, but I do love my country. I don’t hate. Nazis killed my uncle in World War II. Do I hate Germans? Absolutely not. I have many German friends, as I lived there for several years.

Hate eats up people like the American Nazi who recently killed a young woman and injured 19 people by auto in Virginia. Those injured and killed were people protesting hate groups.

Trump, appears hesitant to condemn white supremacists groups, as they are obviously a major portion of his base support. These are the same groups that hate other Americans, specifically targeting Jews, blacks and those of Hispanic descent.

The American Nazi Party and the KKK praised and thanked Trump, giving him Nazi stiff-arm salutes, yelling hail Trump after Trump said the violence was on “both sides” in Charlottesville, Virginia. Further he said, “there are bad and good people on both sides.”

Personally, I don’t know any good Nazis or KKK members.

It is my opinion that Trump is a racist, based on his previous comments. His statements were chastised by many members of his own party, by almost all American businesses (his CEO business advisory group resigned in disgust) and by most of the world’s leaders (except Russians, who are laughing their heads off). Trump criticisms, include the Pope and the US Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Regarding Trump, I have been discouraged by his obvious lying and pick of white supremacists as top advisors. Trump has been called “a fake, a fraud” by former Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. Even, a strong Trump supporter, Sen. Corker of Tennessee recently stated that Trump has not demonstrated “the stability nor some of the competence that he needs.” Other Republican senators (Tim Scott (S.C.) and Dan Sullivan (Alaska) and two previous Republican presidents also faulted the President. Sen. Scott said Trump’s “moral authority has been compromised.”

It appears, Trump and some members of his family may be guilty of money laundering for the Russian mob, as he sold many of his condos at much higher prices than their regular retail asking price to shady Russian characters. Let the FBI sort that out. I hope he is not guilty of anything, not because I love Trump, rather, I love my country and his “legal” problems would only further hurt our country.

Recently, It was nice to see, some Republicans like Senators McCain, Collins and Murkowski put our country before party by voting against the disastrous Republican version of health care which was nothing more than a tax cut for the super wealthy and would have destroyed Medicare as we know it.

Even Trump called the Republican plan “mean”.

During the campaign, Trump stated that he could stand in the middle of Times Square and shoot somebody and his followers would still (blindly) support him.

I read last week that Mike Braun of Jasper, if elected to the senate “will fully support” Trump. No thanks, Mr. Braun. Our country just doesn’t need more blind followers of the Trump disaster giving Nazi salutes.

If Trump loved his country, he would resign.

If Republicans loved their country, maybe, they should ask themselves if they should support a Trump resignation and publically, fully and honestly condemn hate groups by name.

Dan Barrett
Jasper, Ind.

21 Responses to Perspectives: If you love your country, resign

  1. Michael K. Woolsey August 23, 2017 at 11:38 am #

    Dan has to be nuts–although Dan believes everything he reads…there is not one point why Trump should ever resign! He’s making America great again!

    • dan barrett August 23, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

      Mr. Woolsey, how has Trump made America again?

      For starters, Trump should resign for the following reasons…..
      Obstruction of justice:
      Firings in order to silence Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, US Attorney Preet Bharara and FBI Director James Comey;
      Racketeering and corruption under Federal RICO law when Flynn, Stone, Page, and Manafort go down on RICO charges, the entire group is included Trump, Ivanka, Jared, Pence, Sessions, Rosenstein, Conway, Spicer, Preibus, and Bannon as co-conspirators;
      Treason for collusion and conspiring against the United States with a foreign power;
      Violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution;
      Violation of Federal Witness Intimidation laws;
      Violation of anti-nepotism laws for hiring his daughter and son-in-law as federal employees;
      Disclosure of classified information;
      Self-dealing while occupying a federal office by advertising of his businesses and those of his wife and daughter on federal websites and property;
      Abuse of power;
      Making numerous and false defamatory statements.
      Violation of International money laundering laws.

      Where are the Republicans of good character that will put country above party?

  2. Bob August 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

    Nice job trying to bash Mike Braun, Dan. Mike Braun agrees with Donald Trump’s economic agendas, as do the tens of millions who voted for Trump. That doesn’t mean we agree with his social life, use of twitter, etc.

    I’d love to enforce our border, get people off welfare, bring jobs back to America, and many other things Trump also believes. Does that mean I’m a racist too? Of course not. It’s not “All or none”.

  3. Scott Newton August 23, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    As usual, right on point, Dan.

    Hey, you naysayers. Are you ready to BUILD THAT WALL? Or maybe the better question is are you ready to PAY FOR THAT WALL? (Trump no longer mentions Mexico anymore.) I guess the real question is are you ready to SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT IF YOU AREN’T ALLOWED TO PAY TO BUILD THAT WALL?

    Well, you Trumpistas, are you?

    • Daryl Hensley August 23, 2017 at 11:06 pm #

      We need to build that wall and yes we need to pay for it. The US Border in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona is a deadly place to journey. In the 1980’s the number of border deaths averaged 300 a year. In 2005 more than 500 died crossing the border. The primary cause of death is heat stroke, dehydration and hyperthermia. Temperatures along the border can get as high as 127 degrees. From 1994 to 2000 an average of 285 immigrants died per year on the Mexican side. It is estimated that since 1984 more than 10,000 people have died before, during or after crossing the US border.

      We also need to build that wall to make it harder for drug trafficking. $64B worth of drugs come across the US/Mexico border each year.

      Mexico’s involvement in the illicit drug trade in the United States:

      Marijuana: Mexico is the number one foreign supplier of marijuana to the United States, and marijuana is thought to be the top revenue generator for Mexican drug cartels. Mexico supplies 2/3rd’s of all the Marijuana sold in the US.

      Cocaine: Mexico does not produce cocaine, however, Mexican cartels move Columbian cocaine through South and Central America and into the United States. An estimated 93 percent of cocaine headed to the US from South America moves through Mexico.

      Methamphetamine: Mexico remains the biggest foreign supplier of methamphetamine to the United States, and Mexican drug cartels set up labs to manufacture meth on both sides of the border, controlling labs in Southern California as well as domestically.

      Heroin: While Asia and the Middle East remain the biggest producers of heroin, Mexican black-tar and brown heroin is on the rise. In fact, 39 percent of heroin identified under the DEA’s Heroin Signature Program (HSP) in 2008 came from Mexico, making Mexico the source country for many of the heroin abusers west of the Mississippi River.

      Building that wall will save lives!

      Daryl Hensley -Jasper

      • Scott Newton August 24, 2017 at 6:18 pm #


        I compliment you for at least putting your money where your mouth is. But are you willing to shut down the government to get your wall? That’s what Trump is threatening.

        To me a wall is just a multi-billion dollar symbol, and not an attractive one. We’ve got demand on one side of the border and supply on the other. Free market forces have never checked themselves at the door.

        • Daryl Hensley August 25, 2017 at 10:56 pm #

          Scott, since 2002 more than 500,000 people have died from drug overdose. In 2015 the annual death rate from drug overdoses reached 50,000 annually. The cost to the American taxpayer for drug and alcohol abuse is $500B annually.

          I’d shut down the government to save 50,000 lives a year.

          I’d shut down the government to reduce 500,000 lives over the next 10 years.

          I’d shut down the government to prevent 750 immigrants from dying trying to cross the border each year.

          Trump’s wall is estimated to cost $18B-$22B. The US government spends $13.5B a year on border security alone.

          If the penalties for drug trafficking were as severe as Singapore, you would have less workers attempting to cross the border with illegal drugs.

          We need to employ the national guard to patrol the border. Instead of spending their two weeks a year in the field camping, you could rotate the National Guard to the border for two weeks of duty each year. There are 348,000 people serving in the national guard right now. You could send 5,000 troops every two weeks to the border to boost border security. The cost would be insignificant compared to their two weeks of training at an army post.

          Getting tough on drug trafficking will reduce the supply and make the price of drugs to expensive. The reason production of drugs is mostly out of America is the lack of law enforcement/corruption in those countries.

          BTW Dan, the threat of deportation and the wall, has reduced illegal immigration across the border significantly but it has not reduced drug trafficking. Your claims about not needing the wall don’t match up with the facts. We need to build that wall!

          Joint Press Release Between Border Patrol and ICE Councils

          “As representatives of the nation’s Frontline immigration officers and agents responsible for enforcing our laws and protecting our borders, we fully support and appreciate President Trump’s swift and decisive action to keep the American people safe and allow law enforcement to do its job. We applaud the three executive orders he has issued to date, and are confident they will make America safer and more prosperous. Morale amongst our agents and officers has increased exponentially since the signing of the orders. The men and women of ICE and Border Patrol will work tirelessly to keep criminals, terrorists, and public safety threats out of this country, which remains the number one target in the world – and President Trump’s actions now empower us to fulfill this life saving mission, and it will indeed save thousands of lives and billions of dollars.”

  4. dan barrett August 23, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

    Just what is Trumps economic agenda? How are they different from Obamas? We have had continuous job growth and good economic situations for over 8 years now? We have so many jobs now, we cant find people to fill them. Have you even seen the southern border? I was there a couple of months ago discussing construction of a wall. The BP agents I talked to were not in favor it but rather like what we have now. Do you know what that is? Trump said he likes to grab women by their genitals. Is that one of many other things you believe in?

  5. carl gibson August 23, 2017 at 9:28 pm #

    Sounds like just another bleeding heart liberal rant,pure nonsence…

  6. dan barrett August 23, 2017 at 10:21 pm #

    Typical… “Alt right” name calling…no facts…cant defend their positions with logic, so make up something…like witch hunt….or alternative facts…or make America white again….

    • Bob August 24, 2017 at 11:44 am #

      Dan, your previous comment to Michael has absolutely no proof behind it, whatsoever. Nothing you’ve ever said in ANY of your rants has fact based arguments.

      Funny, you being the expert of “making something up”. Your last article, you said you “Regret voting for Trump”. I then called you out on it, and called you a liar. You said you don’t consider yourself a liar. Sorry, but making something up that isn’t true to push your agenda/point, is just that; Lying. That is the definition of lying.

      I’ve seen no columns from you that have any factual evidence. None. Maybe they exist, but I sure haven’t seen any.

  7. Brett August 24, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

    More Mexicans are leaving the United States than coming into the United States. I find that hilarious! More want to do than stay!

  8. Rogor Kaputnik August 24, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

    You have to hand it to ol’ Dan, he is quite prolific. Methinks someone has way too much spare time on his hands.

    No intelligent person would align themselves with neo-Nazis, the KKK, or white nationalists. But Antifa cannot be held blameless for the violence in Charlottesville, either. Everything I have read indicates that Antifa instigated the violence while the Charlottesville police stood down and did nothing.

    And Dan, I’m surprised at you for criticizing poor ol’ Mikey Braun. I would assume after Braun voted to pick our pockets to the tune of an extra dollar for every 10 gallons of gasoline, that you would just love him.

    I do not think that Braun is really interested in supporting Trump. I feel that he is only saying that in an attempt to get elected. I would never vote for Braun for any office because of his support of the gas tax, not because he claims to “fully support Trump”.

  9. dan barrett August 25, 2017 at 4:38 am #

    Roger, the article I read in the Herald states that Braun “will not resist President Trump, but rather will fully support him”. The article further states that he will…”vote for a major tax cuts for businesses and workers”. I have never known a Republican who (once in power) to support tax cuts for workers, only businesses. Its called “trickle down economics” only to make the wealthy, wealthier. The wealthy then, if they feel like it, they will throw you a few crumbs. Wait and see the “borrow and spend” program that this Republican administration will do in September. For example, just like all politicians who say they support term limits, they all lie when in power, (only saying that in an attempt to get elected.” Speaking of lying, I personally asked our US Congressional Representative (Bucshon) at a recent Republican Dinner, why he advocated Congressional term limits and then did nothing about it. His answer “I’m not going to debate you!” and walked away. Trump lies all the time and gets away with it. Guess who is going to pay for the “wall”, it’s not Mexico, my friend. Typical politicians always say what you want to hear, just to get your vote. Braun supported the 10 cents a gallon state tax hike as these things do not bother the wealthy. They live in a different world from common taxpayers like me and lie, lie, lie.

  10. dan barrett August 25, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    Daryl Hensley seems to know a lot about the drug traffic problem on the southern border and I commend him for that. The wall I have grave questions about. The double 18′ border fence system (and ground assets) that is currently in place seems to be more than adequate, that along with the electronic (TV cameras)and aerial surveillance (drones and helicopters) is doing the job. The agents I talked to did not want a wall as the administration is proposing. They said one could get near the border and catapult a package of drugs over it to waiting arms. The current system, I’m sure if you saw it and discussed it with the front line agents, you would also agree. Seems to me Trump is playing on the ignorance of the vast majority who maybe thinking illegals are just walking across the border and using scare tactics to build an expensive “Great Wall of China”. I am suspect of its costs as I do know a construction firm that has friendly ties to the Trump Family Enterprises is already making expensive proposals. I wouldn’t care if Mexico was going to pay for it, buy they are not.

  11. Interested Taypaxer August 28, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

    Why not use the money we are giving away to the middle eastern countries for the wall. I just read where Pakistan is getting $1.2 billion for the United States.
    I don’t understand why we are giving all this money to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, etc.

  12. dan barrett August 30, 2017 at 3:31 am #

    Dear Mr. I. Taxpayer… Last year, this was written by the Israeli lobby in Washington, D.C…. “A robust foreign aid budget is one essential element of America’s national security strategy. Foreign aid enables us to support key allies like Israel, pave the way for Washington’s diplomatic efforts, spur our job-creating exports, and help prevent unstable areas from becoming breeding grounds for terrorism.”

    I feel that elected representatives should be accountable to all people they represent, not institutional forces like lobbyists and special interests. Politicians are often unable to do their job because their only goal is to do whatever it takes to get re-elected and keep power. This doesn’t make them bad people, just bad representatives. The biggest example is of this is the American/Israeli PAC donating campaign dollars to greedy US politicians (like our own Congressman Bucshon) in order to get favorable grants of aid to Israel. In 2016, did you know our country promised the State of Israel $38 billion dollars? It is the biggest pledge of aid in US history. Most American taxpayers are tired of borrowing money to provide welfare to Israel whose citizens live better than most Americans, including completely free healthcare (including free abortions to anyone that asks for it) and college education, while our own citizens suffer. Getting rid of established Washington politicians would be a good start to saving our country, like getting rid of Bucshon, who once, if elected, promised term limits, better health care and cheaper drug prices. Go ahead, ask him if he gets any foreign support from Israel and others. If we, as Americans, truly believe in freedom, democracy and self-determination, the United States of America should cease this aid to Israel and other undeserving countries.

    “..foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of a republican government”… warned President George Washington in 1796.

    • Daryl Hensley September 1, 2017 at 7:15 am #

      Dan we’ve been down this road before. The $38B we sent to Israel is over a 10 year period. What do we get in return for that $3,8B per year investment? Alot!

      1. 90% of the dollars sent to Israel returns back to the US when Israel purchases US defense products life F-15 fighter aircraft and other military assets.

      2. The US has very little intelligence gathering assets in the Middle East. Israel provides the US with Middle East intelligence that would cost the US $5-$8 billion per year to collect on its own. We get that for free.

      3. Israel is a parking lot of US military assets. The US has stationed military assets in the country to aid our allies in the region should an attack occur. After 9/11, it took us months to get assets to the Middle East. Now we can deploy in a matter of days.

      4. Israel has provided us military intelligence on Soviet weapons purchased by Middle Eastern countries. They have literally provided to the US, Soviet captured hardware technology since 1967.

      5.Since Israel is under constant attack from its neighbors, the US has been able to test its missile defense systems to the benefit of the United States by live testing the defense systems in Israel.

      6. Israel shares life saving technology with the US that aids us not only in the Middle East but world wide.

      7. It was Israel who warned the US, prior to 9/11, of imminent terrorist attack was coming to the US. Our agencies did not ignore the warning but did not coordinate the intelligence among the various US agencies.

      8. It was Israel who told the US that Iraq had not weapons of mass destruction before the invasion of Iraq.

      Israel is worth every penny we send them.

      Daryl Hensley, Jasper

  13. dan barrett September 1, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    Mr. Hensley: No doubt we receive certain benefits for our foreign aid to various countries. A lot of good will is also doled out by Israel, I know, but in many ways this aid just looks like corporate welfare. I am fully aware of the locations of POMCUS sites worldwide, but hesitant to discuss.

    My beef with Israel:

    1. They never apologized or even admitted willfully attacking and killing – fully identified – American uniformed military personnel. I commend to you “Attack on the Liberty” by James Scott.
    2. They obviously use a lot of the “aid” we Americans give to them for performing free abortions for anyone asking. Being Catholic, hard for me to accept, .
    3. I have personally witnessed “occupied peoples” being treated unjustly and sometimes criminally by members of the IDF.
    4. We allow Israel to dictate US Foreign policy.

    There are other issues which are too numerous to list here at the moment.

    I can never agree to give any identity, group, organization of State player any of my taxpayer money the use of those funds are to perform mass murder (abortions). Even my Jewish friends and relatives tell me that this “aid” is an albatross around Israel’s neck….and maybe it is time for the US Forces along with our South Korean and Japanese allies to test our new US designed missile defense systems by taking out threatening NK launched IRBM and ICBM’s. I do appreciate and respect your comments. Thank you.

  14. concerned citizen September 4, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    Have we not learned from our own experiences that when you pay someone to not do something, it doesn’t work.
    There is no valid reason for taxpayers to be paying these handouts to these countries! are other countries doing the same?
    Pakistan housed Osama Bin Laden – we are sending them billions in aid.
    Iran is used our handout to build nuclear weapons and helping North Korea with their nuclear weapons. Of course they want our money, we want to keep our money. This use of funds is obviously only damaging us.
    As for foreign trade – that should be paid by those doing the foreign trade as a part of their business – not by taxpayers.
    This reminds me of jasper having taxpayers pay for downtown with no accounting of how it is spent nor which individuals are profiting from this. Any profits should go back to citizens.