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Letter: Comment about 'election fiasco' needs correction

In a letter to the editor, reader Barbara Finley-Shea addresses a Myron Friesen column that referred to an "election fiasco."

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Reading the Nov. 15 Agweek opinion piece by Myron Friesen , a line jumped out that calls for a much needed correction. He wrote, "Here we are nearly a year after an election fiasco." The corrective needs to be stated. There was no fiasco with the election, but rather the on-going fiasco is the Big Lie created by Donald Trump and amplified by his minions and Republican members of Congress, too afraid to stand up and tell the truth that Trump lost the election.

A few brave Republican members of Congress have dared speak the truth and they have been chastised and punished for doing so. But the truth continues to come out. Republican Secretaries of State where Trump lost witness to the integrity of their state elections. The courts have stood up to Trump's fake allegations and Trump, himself warned us months before his loss that, if he lost, he was going to claim fraud. Now details of Trump's plan to overthrow our government are coming forth in evidence turned over to the Congressional January 6 committee. Trump's chief-of-staff, Mark Meadows released to the committee a 38-page power point document detailing the strategies and actions Trump and his allies had planned to discard the election results and hand the office of president to the unelected Trump.

Trump's illegal attempts to stay in office have cost human lives in the brutal, bloody battle at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and since. The financial costs to states to audit their elections that have found no fraud run in the millions of dollars, all wasted to pander to a con-artist's vain ego.

There has indeed been a fiasco and it's been Trump's pitting Americans against one another during the worst pandemic the world has experienced in over 100 years. It's been a fiasco orchestrated by a man whose desire for political power was more important than telling the truth about the seriousness of the COVID virus and the steps necessary to stop it's spread. It's been the fiasco of a man who would gleefully destroy our almost 250 year democracy to retain power. It's been a fiasco of people blindly following "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing," while refusing to listen to those who warned that Trump was a dangerous, lying con-man.

It is time to end the fiasco and for Americans to genuinely face the seriousness of the COVID virus that, allowed to rampantly spread has killed almost 800,000 Americans and damaged our economy. It is time to end the fiasco of allowing Trump's lies to have air time, dividing our nation and keeping us from dealing with the real challenges genuinely worthy of our time to solve. It is time to end the fiasco by choosing leaders who demonstrate genuine concern for the good of others, not those who boast of sexual assaults, their wealth, who demean others with cruel comments, antagonize people for sport or deliberately seek to harm others by separating children from their parents in order to look tough. It is time to choose leaders who seek the common good, not those who merely wish to line their pockets. It's time to choose leaders who appeal to our better nature, not our baser nature of fear and hatred of those those who differ from us.

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The election was not a fiasco. The fiasco has been the havoc wrought in this great nation by one who deserved to lose and whose big lie can only end by our refusal to allow it to continue.

Editor's note: Finley-Shea lives in Austin, Minnesota. The quote "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing," is from Shakespeare's Macbeth.

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