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Editor:

Last month the House voted to rescind Trump’s declaration of emergency (BBC, Fox, NBC, Feb. 27). I wasn’t surprised by that. I was surprised most of the GOP didn’t back their Democratic colleges.

I get they want to back a president from their party, but that president just stole their power of the purse. That is essentially the only thing keeping the president from being a dictator or emperor, a Madero or Nero (now that I think on it, Trump bears more than a passing resemblance to Nero).

Some justified their stance by saying the declaration might be technically legal. That’s like someone showing up to your house and saying they might technically be able to seize it, and then you help them toss your furniture out the second-story window. Trump justified the declaration’s use saying the Dems will use that power first if he doesn’t. That’s like saying we should flip a nuke at China or Russia now, before they do; something you think about, but a road no sane man takes.

The truth is the GOP reps are scared. Trump commands a fanatical following that’d willingly follow him off a cliff, or vote out any who displease him in a primary. Most congressmen, GOP or Dem, value their seats first, constituents second, and country a distant third. Those in the GOP proved this true last month, showing they valued the prestige of calling themselves representatives over the Constitution.

I’m glad our representative proved herself the exception. Elise Stefanik had the courage to vote with the Dems. Trump has threatened to destroy her for that. I commend all true conservatives to rally to her and aid her in such an event. Representatives with courage are in short supply.

David Sherwood, Fort Ann

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