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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

Regardless of political party affiliation, Americans must regard our president as a danger to the nation. He is demanding that legitimately elected representatives who disagree with him should leave the country. These rants have no place in a nation of laws and democratic constitutional government.

We have always been a nation that promotes freedom of ethnic, religious and ideological diversity. We have fought wars to protect those freedoms, not based on a single point of view but to allow space for all points of view. We were founded on a premise that allows for disagreement and debate on how to preserve and improve our precious democracy without vilifying those with whom we disagree.

We are now faced with a president that is actively pushing to destroy what America and Americans have stood and bled for since 1776. He is demanding allegiance, not to American ideals but to himself and his agenda only. He is actively demanding that Americans no longer allow Americans the right to disagree and publicly debate issues — instead, he insists they should leave. He is a clear and present danger to our fragile experiment in democratic government.

We have all found reasons to disagree with elected representatives over the years. Those disagreements have been and should have been based on differences of policy and political priority. 2020 is different. We are now faced with a threat to what America will be in the near and distant future.

Please open your eyes, mind and heart — please help to keep America the greatest and most free nation the world has ever known! Please help rid our nation of this danger — please stand up for true American values!

Marty Jenkins

Arizona City