Elizabeth Ruediger: Kelly, Mattis, McMaster the Trifecta of Hope

To the editor:

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the "Trifecta of Hope": Gen. John Kelly, Gen. James Mattis and Gen. H.R. McMaster.

Now, I am not in any way advocating for a military state, but until the two Marines and the one man who makes bald exceedingly sexy joined this comedic tragedy of a presidential administration, the future of our (yes, "our") country looked exceedingly bleak.

We need these men with apolitical views, pro-American values, personal restraint and strategic planning to take the Man of Lawlessness who currently occupies the White House (a "dump") by the tiny hand and turn him away from the daily digestion of KFC and Fox News and back to the plight of the Americans who actually need a leader with a moral compass and compassion for those who struggle to feed their families, avoid eviction and foreclosure (caused by Mnuchin mayhem) and once again instill a sense of pride based on the values established in the constitution that protects the rights of all Americans, not just a select few deemed worthy based on skin color.

What happened to the idea of "content of our character"? If we use that as a general rule, we would not have a man completely lacking in character ruling all of us in a dictatorial fashion. In seven short months, Trump's political appointees are dropping like flies: Flynn (a true and honest disappointment), Spicer, the Mooch, Reince and now the alt-right oaf, Bannon. Next on the short list: Miller, Gorka and yes, Mnuchin. No one will miss them.

With the aftermath of Charlottesville, I wonder what my great-great-great-grandfather, Henry Koble, who fought against the Confederacy in what Southern secessionists label "the war of Northern aggression," would think of the rise of the backwards thinking, immoral, alt-right?

So, for those of you "Yankees" who roll around with your little Confederate flags adhered to your truck bumpers, realize that you sacrifice your patriotism and American identity in an offensive glue-backed piece of printed hate. It is not cool. It is not machismo. It is not acceptable. It makes you look like a total jackass.

And for those who just became offended, the true snowflakes are the ones who have existed since birth in a lily white enclave and have never lived among a diverse population. Somehow in your geographic isolation, you were never able to steep and gather the flavors of the American melting pot. Sad!

But then again, we do not have to look far to see a white rhino and relic of the past in Trump. The "first to be deceived" elevated him to the highest office of the land based on the tiny gleaming hope of overturning Roe v. Wade and instilling the Evangelical Christian values they hold dear, but are clearly out of touch with other religious communities that have evolved based on love and tolerance.

I encourage all of you to watch the Vice News documentary (not a specific promotion of liberal media) on the events of Charlottesville. It is truth. It is telling. It is frightening. As a nation, we should be scared. I was proud to see the female clergy standing strong against these forces of hate and bigotry in Charlottesville. Those ladies were beautiful beacons of Christ's love, hope, tolerance and understanding.

However, with a political figurehead who has received support from these hate groups, without the mechanism of stability and the solid intellect of Kelly, McMaster and Mattis, we, as a nation, could descend into chaos.

So, thank you to the Trifecta of Hope. We need you now more than ever. Let us all stand together in the preservation of this great Union and not allow this poison wrapped in Proud Boy polo shirts and khakis to infect our society with the venom of twisted history and very unpatriotic values.

Elizabeth Ruediger
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