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Republican antics show more Democrats needed in Jefferson City

It was encouraging to read the opinion pieces submitted by local writers in last Sunday’s newspaper about the path the Republican Party and the Missouri legislature have taken. Biden performed poorly in the CNN debate, but his professionalism, insight, expertise and integrity far exceed those of his opponent.

I have voted Republican in the past, but I will not vote for any GOP candidate running for office in the state of Missouri, with the exception of Lincoln Hough. Lincoln is a state senator who has worked diligently for all Missourians. I have heard he is running for lieutenant governor. Because of the Republicans’ antics in Jefferson City, I plan to vote for a Democrat for governor, either Crystal Quade or Mike Hamra.

Missouri GOP lawmakers have formed a fraternity that wants to force their beliefs on voters. Wanting to save human lives is admirable, but what about a mother’s health and life? What about those sweet little infants abandoned on the side of the road or in a rest stop bathroom? Are they going to pass a law that increases the penalty for a crime, or are they going to actually do something to save lives? Candidate Trump made an ugly, moronic statement in the CNN debate, claiming they (the Democrats) want to allow full-term babies to be ripped from the womb. That is nonsense, and no licensed doctor in a hospital or clinic would ever allow such a procedure.

Attorney General Bailey has filed another lawsuit against Biden using our tax money, and it looks suspiciously like a ploy to get publicity for his campaign. I realize Missouri is a strong Republican state, but MAGA supporters don’t care what the majority of voters want. I think it’s time for a reversal.

Norma Salchow, Springfield

Supreme Court ruling on obstruction of justice sheds light on treatment of Dean Plocher

One issue this legislative session has been the Missouri House Ethics Committee’s investigation into Speaker Dean Plocher. At the last public meeting, where the committee voted to terminate and close its investigation, the committee majority also rejected the ethics chairman’s suggestion to cite “obstruction by the speaker” as the reason for closing the investigation.

Perhaps the timing of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Fischer v. United States could not be better, because in this case the Court is discussing the act of “obstruction” after the investigation in Missouri, where such allegations against the Speaker were made by only two members of the Ethics Committee. The question that the Supreme Court in Fisherman is as follows: Can Fischer, one of the protesters at the National Capitol on January 6, 2021, be charged with obstruction of justice for disrupting a session of Congress to demonstrate his support for President Donald Trump? The majority of the Court concludes that Fischer’s act of entering the National Capitol along with other protesters does not constitute a charge of obstruction of justice.

What lessons could Fisherman for Missouri, as some Missouri legislators have accused Speaker Plocher of obstruction, just as DC law enforcement did to Fischer? First, Fisherman shows that someone can be wrongly accused of obstruction of justice. In addition, we learn from Fisherman is that a Republican who supports President Trump is more likely to be wrongfully impeached and overcharged for obstruction of justice or some other crime. One only has to look at the way President Trump, Fischer, and Speaker Dean Plocher were treated equally by the “bipartisan” system to see that this is a disturbing trend.

As Missouri voters hear about the Republicans running against Dean Plocher for Missouri Secretary of State, they should pay attention to how other Republicans are relying on claims of obstruction of justice and ethics violations to bolster their arguments against Plocher. It is contradictory for a Republican to denounce bias against President Trump and Fischer on a national level but fail to recognize that the same thing can happen to another Republican here at home in Missouri. Any Republican candidate who is quick to defend President Trump but also quick to condemn Dean Plocher is likely defending President Trump just to win your vote. If they don’t defend Dean Plocher here in Missouri, can you really trust these other candidates to defend your rights and those of President Trump as well?

Tricia Swartz, Columbia (formerly Springfield)

A Republican abolished slavery, but what has the party done since?

To the Republicans:

Juneteenth was about a week ago and there is something you need to think about…

You have declared that you are the party that abolished slavery and gave freedom to black people, and you are absolutely right…but what happened after the Reconstruction Amendments, or even during them?

Did the Republicans even try to enforce Special Field Order 15?

Did they give the freedmen any of what they had promised them…or did they basically do what you are doing now, declaring that “freedom is their greatest gift,” while ignoring things like the Homestead Act, which was passed during the Civil War to give European Americans access to their land while taking land away from Native Americans but not African Americans?

And what about the Black Codes? Did they try to help them in that situation, or with all the other injustices that happened afterward?

My point is that while you and your cohorts may very well be right about slavery and the freedom struggle, the fact that your party essentially “washed its hands of it” and did little to nothing after the Civil War makes you and the Republican Party just as guilty of your actions as the Democrats. Because you should have been their ally, but in reality you were more of a silent accomplice to everything that happened, and that makes you just as guilty in my eyes… which is why the fact that you advocate for a “re-imagining” of American history comes so naturally to all of you.

It is much easier to believe a lie than to face the truth.

Michael Jenkins, Springfield