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Politicians need to denounce violence

To the editor:

Leaders in the Democrat party, by their silence, appear to support two groups — Black Lives Matter and Antifa. I’m unaware of any Democrat leader condemning these two groups.

With nightfall, many “protests” turned into riots with burning of buildings and cars and destruction of property. Looting of business places occurred night after night. In Democrat led cities, some mayors ordered the police to use minimal force and in some instances not interfere. In Minneapolis a police precinct was evacuated and allowed to be destroyed. Others forbid the use of crowd control substances, such as tear gas and pepper spray. Police were allegedly pelted with rocks, stones, lasers to the eyes, etc. In Portland, Ore., the violence continued for more than three months. By contrast, violence was minimal in Republican led cities.

Dr. Martin Luther King rejected the use of violence. His peaceful protests led to civil rights legislation in the mid-1960s, which essentially gave Blacks voting rights in several states. Until that time, requirements which were hard to meet prevented their voting or enjoying several other rights. One powerful Democrat senator, Robert Byrd, filibustered against the legislation. When Byrd died in 2010, Vice President Biden praised the “life and character” of Byrd, tho Byrd was a former leader in the Klu Klux Klan, an organization strongly opposed to rights of blacks.

With the current swing of the Democrat party to socialist policies, this is concern for the future form of our government. Two good men, John F. Kennedy and Hubert H. Humphrey, Democrat leaders in the 1960s and 1970s, could not serve as leaders today. Their ideology was substantially different than present Democrat leaders.

All politicians need to collectively denounce the violence. Definitely, police must be punished for criminal acts — but keep things in perspective.

All lives matter, including police.

George Holcomb

Marshall

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