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Baldwin hero for democracy

To those who may support a burgeoning dictatorship, a fascist administration that promotes hate by labeling Nazis our parents, grandparents or great-grandparents died fighting as "fine people" and hypocritically caters to those who would turn our secular democracy into a theocracy of intolerance — to those, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., may be a disappointment.

However, to the rest of us, those who truly believe that all people are created equal regardless of color, creed (or no creed), country-of-origin or sexual orientation; who believe children — DACA Dreamers — should not suffer for their parents' transgressions and who believe that the real promises of our beloved Constitution include the right to "petition the government for redress of grievances" and freedom of speech — speech that includes silent disapproval of even the president — Baldwin is a hero of the highest order. Where was the righteous indignation of the author of "Baldwin disappoints" (published Feb. 6 in the Telegram) when Republican Joe Wilson of South Carolina called Obama a liar during a State of the Union speech?

There's no room here to debunk all the writer's misleading bits of Trump's nonaccomplishments, so I'll cut to the chase.

Only dictators claim in effect that they alone can save a people (2016 Republican National Convention). Only dictators try to destroy the institutions that have kept democracy out of their clutches (relentless right-wing attacks on the FBI and the Department of Justice). Only dictators call it treason when lawmakers of a different party refuse to lavish upon them the praise they arrogantly believe they deserve and their twisted minds tell them they desperately need. Democrats did not give Trump a standing ovation because he didn't deserve it. The comparisons between this administration and the rise of Nazis to power in 1932 Germany is not hyperbole; it's not hair-on-fire; it's chillingly accurate.

Trump was appointed by the Electoral College, with the help of many racists and power-hungry evangelicals — oh yes, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.