Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

Server the issue

Amid great anguish supporters of Hillary Clinton are asking for an explanation of how she lost. How could so many voters ignore Donald Trump’s many personal faults and zany ideas to the extent that he could win?

Every political pundit has his/her own theory, from the readiness of the voters to “drain the swamp” to Hillary’s supposed penchant for lying, and everything in between. Political scientists and historians will write volumes to explain what happened. In my opinion, the answer can be summarized very simply.

First of all, the race was extremely close, so close that Hillary actually won the popular vote but still lost the electoral vote, and hence the election. We don’t need to examine multiple factors to explain the outcome. One will do.

Hillary lost the election in February 2009 because of a silly decision she made to not retain her work-related email correspondence on the official State Department system, but rather to save it on a home-brew personal server. Think about that. No former Secretary of State had ever done that. In fact, to my knowledge no high level federal official in any agency had ever done it.

It would have been so simple to just go with the flow and keep every official work-related document on the State system. She could have maintained personal records on a gmail account.

For all intents and purposes, Hillary’s chances to become president started to crumble with that decision. The subsequent FBI investigation would never have happened. The inquiry by Congress would not have occurred. Her reputation for dishonesty and lying would probably still have been a factor, but would have been much diminished without the email cover-up.

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that her email decision was the genesis of her downfall. None of her other shortcomings matter. No other factor in the election matters. Hillary was a flawed candidate who lost to another flawed candidate who just happened to have one fewer flaw.

Burnett Hull, Macon

God not pleased

Considering the moral decay of America, Tuesday’s (presidential and congressional) election results are not surprising. As a nation, we fall dismally short of God’s expectations, so unfortunately we got who we deserve.

In the Bible, we read of times when God used adversaries to get the attention of and to redirect his people. The Trump win is a wake-up call to America — chastisement for the compromise that is running rampant in our nation. While we are thankful for the opportunities that God has blessed us with, God is not pleased with our lack of regard for his holy word.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” — 2 Chronicles 7:14

We have a tendency to pray fervently when faced with adversity, but we fall miserably short in humility and in refraining from wicked living. Wake up, America, God is speaking loudly and clearly. Heed his call. He is not done with us yet.

Wendy Dean, Macon

Vulgar, braggart, jerk

Went to bed at 9 p.m. Nov. 8 seeing the lying, corrupt, criminal Hillary Clinton in the lead for president. I felt hopeless as did half of America, I’m sure. Woke up at 5 a.m. to a political earthquake.

Lots of folks were in shock, but I felt a great sense of relief. It took me months to warm up to Trump, but after evaluating his platform for “Making America Great Again” and watching all three debates which he won hugely (as he might put it), I was on the Trump bandwagon.

Developers like Trump get thing done, so unlike Clinton, who has been a do-nothing politician for 30 years. We have hope with Trump. I expect he will protect our nation’s sovereignty by securing our borders, rebuild our weakened military, destroy ISIS, get our economy back on track, get people off welfare, reduce the deficit, replace Obamacare, create jobs, unify our nation, balance our trade, get lobbyists out of D.C., fix our tax issues, etc.

Here’s hoping he can do most of what he desires. To the millions who voted for Clinton, if you think a lying, corrupt criminal is a better choice for president than a vulgar braggart jerk, you might need professional help. I hope we all come together and help Trump make America great again.

Mike Smith,

Warner Robins

Pass it on

According to the Bible, John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” On Veterans Day, I would like to recognize my father, retired Lt. Col. Sam Oliver, USMC. I’m fortunate that my father, a veteran of two wars, did not lay down his life for his fellow man, because if he had, most likely I would not be here. That said, he was willing to do so.

Each Veterans Day we recognize the service and sacrifices of the millions of men and women who make the freedoms we enjoy possible. Over the next several months I would ask every reader to visit a national cemetery and take a moment to look around and reflect on what you see.

You will see row upon row, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of headstones all marking the final resting place of service members who volunteered to give their all. Fortunately, like my father, most of the service members did not die on the battlefield; they returned home and led productive lives.

However, do realize that each and every grave you will see marks a service member who was willing to give everything, including their life, so that our way of life might be preserved. Each headstone testifies to the bravery of the individual who lies beneath it.

Freedom is not inherited. It is fought for by each and every generation. Never forget that. It is the responsibility of each generation to pass freedom and liberty on to the next.

Today, or any day, please thank a veteran for making possible the freedom and liberty that we possess.

Sloan Oliver, Juliette