Letter to the Editor: ‘No one should have to live under the boot of a tyrant’

Begg gives her take on life under the Trump administration.

No one should have to live under the boot of a tyrant. Yet, this is the fate of billions of people around the world. Russia, China, North Korea and many other countries are under one-man rule, tyrannical leaders who trample on the rights of their fellow human beings and brutally dispose of those among their own people who dare speak truth to power.

Who would have thought that the United States of America would ever fall into the hands of a tyrant? The very thought that it might happen would have been preposterous. Here was the promised land from sea to shining sea. Generations of people had fled countries run by tyrants and immigrated to our country, a country founded on democratic principles, with liberty and justice for all. A beacon of civilization.

Fast forward to Donald Trump and who can be sure that we will remain proud and free? We may sing “God Bless America” and “This Land Was Made for You and Me,” but will the words have any meaning? What we need is for all of us to stand up to Donald Trump and let him know in no uncertain terms that he must abide by the rule of law.

Monique Begg