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Appalling behavior shouldn’t be tolerated

One of the most powerful movie scenes that has remained with me long after I have watched the movie is the closing argument in the movie “A Time to Kill.”

Matthew McConaughey’s character describes a brutal attack on a young black girl that is particularly graphic and violent. At the end of his argument, McConaughey’s character says, “Can you see her? I want you to picture that little girl. Now imagine she’s white.”

Let’s translate that speech to today’s political climate. Imagine a president who defrauds a children’s charity. Imagine a president who denigrates a recently deceased congressman. Imagine a president who uses his Twitter account to continually spew “alternative facts.”

Imagine a president who admits to sexually assaulting women. Imagine a president who uses hate rhetoric when speaking of people who are not white and Christian. The list could go on and on.

“Can you see him? I want you to picture that president. Now imagine he’s a Democrat.”

I can’t imagine many of the current president’s supporters would condone this behavior if it were a Democratic president behaving that way.

Values are defined as a person’s principles or standards of behavior, one’s judgment of what’s important in life.

Your values shouldn’t change based on the party you support. You can be a Republican and still be appalled at how the president behaves, and you should be.

As an American, I know for sure I am, regardless of which “side” I’m on. And I would like to state for the record that, although I do consider myself a Democrat, many people in my family are Republicans, and they are some of the best people I know.

Theresa Remacle

Altoona

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