Thank you, Senator Murkowski

Thanks to Senator Lisa Murkowski for her “no” vote against bringing the unspecified health care bill to the floor of the Senate. It was more important than simply a vote against bringing a miserable bill to the floor. It was important as a stand against the president, Donald Trump. She will be remembered kindly by lots of voters, including those like me who have not supported her in the past. She has made a powerful enemy in the president, but then that speaks well for her. She joins a growing number of Republicans who Trump has turned on for their audacity to hold a contrary opinion.

I hope future generations can look back and see the Trump years as an aberration, a joke that our democracy survived. I hope they don’t look back and see the 2016 election as the time America’s democracy caught the cold that led to pneumonia. Daily I am astounded and disgusted with this president’s disrespect for what really made America great.

I only hope the judicial and legislative branches will do their duty to check the president’s reckless behavior. We citizens should tell our congressional representatives what we expect from them.

Richard Stokes,

Juneau

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