Letter to the Editor

Character worthy of leadership

Image thanks to Ranit Karmakar

Image thanks to Ranit Karmakar

Eric Cadeau, MTU Alumni

We are living in challenging times. Who can lead us through?

Consider the debate on how to deal with a virus that is impacting our health, economy, and way of life.  How big of a role should governments have with public health? What measures become government overreach?  What constitutes good leadership on this issue?

High water in the Great Lakes is having destructive effects along our coastal infrastructure. Western fires have reached disaster scale due to dry climatic conditions and forest management practices. We are confronted with the debate: Are humans changing the climate or are we experiencing natural cycles of climate?

What about violent protests, rioting, claims of injustice in policing? Is this simply law and order versus anarchy. Are more complicated social, economical, and legal elements at play? How do we structure a national strategy that supports our law enforcement’s ability to protect us while retaining community trust and process accountability?

I have been evaluating the 2 prospective Presidential candidates for months to see who demonstrates credible leadership qualities.  In conclusion, as a staunch Republican will be voting for Joe Biden. Joe will utilize respectful, inclusive, honest, and logical problem solving when crafting solutions to the issues above.

I will not vote for Donald Trump because he is not honest, respectful, logical, or inclusive. My evidence that supports these claims points to someone who:

  • Appears to have abused his power of office and obstructed justice in an attempt to gain advantage in being re-elected.
  • Has demonstrated a repeated and gross conflict of interest by directing governmental functions to financially benefit properties in which he has interest.
  • Utilizes name calling, bragging, blame placing, and disrespectful discourse when discussing rivals and opposing ideas.
  • Is reliant upon a significant use of logical fallacies:  In an August 31, 2020 interview you can view these logical fallacies:  Ad hominem  – “Look, he’s a weak person,…”; ad populum – “The vast majority of people feel like me”;  appeal to fear – “But more importantly our country would go to hell…”.  In random samplings of his interviews you will witness many more logical fallacies.

I am a Republican for Joe Biden. I support dumping Trump. I will also vote for the ideals of limited government, the right to life, and the 2nd amendment. Let’s remove a poor example of leadership and vote for quality Republican legislatures to maintain the balance of power in Washington.