GOP’s logic flawed

At the heart of the “Idaho way” flap is a zero-sum fallacy about advancement for nonwhite Americans. Whether intended or not, the logic at the heart of the letter to Boise State University’s incoming president signed by 28 Republican legislators is the racist and white supremacist claim that nonwhite citizens — and importantly, also, their children — advance into more secure and prosperous lives only at the cost of something being taken away from their white counterparts.

This is flawed logic, but serves the useful purpose of dividing our nation according to racial lines and creating precisely the kinds of resentments and hostilities that are at the heart of the white supremacist agenda.

It is also the core of President Donald Trump’s ongoing racist messaging to white Americans.

Attracting and retaining a more diverse student body strengthens and enriches the educational experience for all members of a college or university community, with desegregation of education arguably the most important linchpin for the desegregation of society generally.

Do these ill-informed legislators want Idaho to maintain its reputation as a whites-only enclave hostile to a younger and more diverse demographic that might otherwise come here and contribute to our state’s growth and future prosperity?

Chris Norden

Moscow

Back at you, Brian

You, Brian Rhoades, are my best pen pal, and it pleases me that someone reads my letters.

However, I disagree with your comments.

On June 20, you wrote, “It’s always surprising when people show how utterly ignorant they are. ...”

Then on July 14, you said, “Jake Wren, if you want to have a discussion, please try to make a discernible point. ...”

Brian, my point was clear.

I said our source of law from the beginning can be illustrated: God created people who created government, suggesting that people in our system believe in a law-giving creator, God.

Thus people and their governments are restricted in the laws they make.

A simple example: No laws should allow a majority to eliminate an opposing party or a different race, an angry husband to strangle his wife or kill his children.

So I rest my case, which is easily proved.

From the beginning, our country was based on a belief in God. (Polls today show 90 percent still do, 85 percent claiming some kind of Christian affiliation.)

You also claimed, “All religions are man- made. ... Gods are fictional, laws are real.”

So you, sir — not myself — are in a tiny minority. And I suggest that your statement in the July 14 letter — “ One of the biggest problems America faces today is the subset of our — population that just makes things up as it goes along” — applies more logically to you than to me.

Thus, the burden of proof is yours.

Jake Wren

Cottonwood

Dictator in the making

... President Donald Trump either does not understand that the federal government in our country consists of three co-equal branches or he just doesn’t care. Within that context, it is well established in the law, among other things, that the judicial branch acts as a check upon the actions and power of the executive branch.

I mention this because of the dispute that has taken place over having the citizenship question on the census form. I don’t personally know whether the citizenship question is appropriate.

I do know that Trump took that issue to the U.S. Supreme Court and lost. Even though Trump has managed to pack the highest court in the land with yet two more ultraconservative justices, he just couldn’t bring himself to respect their ruling. He told everyone, based on his vast knowledge of the law, that the U.S. Supreme Court, with its ultra-conservative majority, was wrong.

It makes you wonder whether, if he could pack the entire court with nine ultra-conservative justices, he would respect their rulings even then if the rulings disagreed with him. I suspect not because it is clear that he thinks he knows everything. This behavior is what, in past administrations was called the “imperial presidency.”

In other words, the chief executive of the country wants to act like a dictator. ...

Not wanting to live with someone’s boot on their necks is exactly why our forefathers revolted against Great Britain. I, for one, don’t want to go back to that.

Danny Radakovich

Lewiston

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