I was so distracted by my mayor’s abuse of power and conflict of interest in Saturday’s paper that I almost missed the really good letter to the editor from my Meade County friend and role model Marvin Kammerer. Kammerer isn’t trying to make a buck; he’s just asking what it will take get our supposedly patriotic Congress critters to buck the Hitler in our White House:
We have in the White House a man I call a terrorist enhancer. A man who talks out of both sides of his mouth, spouting words denigrating people of color as being sub-human, lazy, prone to criminality. I think he is a walking Hitler, and I know something about fascism.
Our congressional crowd and others are also enablers of terrorists by their deadly silence. Where are the patriots? [Marvin Kammerer, letter to the editor, Aberdeen American News, 2019.08.17]
Kammerer rankles at both our delegation’s silence and terrorist gun violence, both prompted by white supremacist Trump and the NRA:
This brings me to the supporters of people having access to weapons of war with their massive magazines. Congress should make it illegal for one to own these weapons, and the government should buy them back at the price paid.
To hell with the NRA. They are enhancers of terrorists here and across the world. They have become a criminal bunch. Check it out! [Kammerer, 2019.08.17]
Kammerer ends on a religious note:
Personally, I don’t find any difference between a terrorist or those in power who encourage it and that includes you, elected politicians.
I would also encourage you so-called Christians to think of what the anti-Christ is [Kammerer, 2019.08.17].
I’d nominate Marvin Kammerer to run against Senator Rounds in 2020, but I get the impression Marvin has no desire to spend that much time away from his ranch. But we need to find a general election challenger who put Kammerer’s challenge to Rounds at every turn:
- Why, Mike, don’t you denounce Trump for promoting bullying and terrorism?
- Why, Mike, don’t you denounce the NRA instead of taking their blood money?
- Why, Mike, don’t you denounce Trump for modeling the opposite of Christian family values?
If we can’t get Marvin on the ballot, and if we can’t get a nominee to press those questions on the stump, maybe we can at least get a Senate candidates’ debate on the Kammerer ranch. It’s a beautiful, patriotic setting: the Black Hills in the distance, B-1 bombers roaring overhead, better visuals than any TV studio….