DEMOCRATS INSIST THEIR primary goals in 2020 are to win control of the U.S. Senate and to make Donald Trump a one-term president. And they are willing to do and say anything they have to to make that happen.

On the other side, the Republican Party would like to regain the U.S. House majority, and they would appreciate it if President Trump would stop tweeting insults and work a lot harder to earn the support of moderate voters in the key swing states.

So far in the 2020 general election season, both sides seem to be working to alienate the voters they most need to make their goals a reality. Based on what we’ve seen and heard to date, it is no wonder Americans have so little faith and confidence in their government.

There are basic privacy rules, constitutional laws, civil rights and sacrosanct tenets that need to be defended. In these troubling times, which ones are you willing to give up when it comes to us as a community to support survivors of heinous crimes?

About three weeks ago, several Wisconsin lawmakers introduced a bill that would require clergy members to report to law enforcement allegations of child sex abuse that they learn of during confidential interactions, such as during confession.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said there are states that require such reporting by clergy members. They are New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia.

Wisconsin Assemblywoman Chris Taylor said “Are we going to stand with children who need us to act on their behalf or are we going to stand with pedophiles?” If this bill gets traction, will there be a move to include other confessions of crimes such as murder or threats to commit acts of terrorism?

If these proposed rules were applied to the clergy, why wouldn’t they also be applied to attorneys and mental health professionals representing clients who are charged with felonies? These are tough decisions. In the rules of law, even evil people have rights.

Kim Vercauteren, executive director of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, expressed concerns about the Wisconsin bill because “things said during confession are between the confessor and God, and the priest is merely facilitating the process. Confession is one of the sacrosanct tenets of our faith.”

After a tragedy, we are urged to “if you see something that’s not right, say something.” When there are mass killings, authorities dig into the backgrounds of the offenders for clues and warning signs. The victims and survivors wonder why friends and family of the offender didn’t see the signs which may have stopped them.

Emerging evidence suggests that such laws, if they existed in Ohio and Texas, might have made a difference in the August shootings in Dayton and El Paso.

The lawmakers want to erase Wisconsin’s statute of limitations for people who were sexually abused as children to file civil lawsuits. They have until age 35 to file.

Some people believe the so-called red flag laws can help stop high-risk, unhinged shooters from committing their acts of violence. Opponents say red flag laws would offend rights, violate fundamental assumptions about a person’s innocence and create new opportunities for abuse.

Red flag laws allow a court to issue an extreme-risk protection order to temporarily confiscate firearms from people deemed a grave risk to themselves or others. Judges would have the authority to act after careful, due process.

Providing federal money to help states implement these laws, which are supported by Republicans, would be a step toward broader changes such as universal background checks, and bans on semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Research has shown that extreme-risk protective orders also could have a direct bearing on reducing suicides, which made up more than half of America’s record-high number of nearly 40,000 gun deaths in 2017.

Opponents of the red flag laws remind us that due process is a fundamental cornerstone of American law. Are citizens willing to have their rights and property taken from them on the basis of mere allegations? This topic is just another divisive issue for us to deal with.

After a high-profile tragedy, nerves are frayed and we search for answers. There are calls for authorities to do something. A nationwide bipartisan survey found 85% of Americans want government leaders to take action.

At those times, people are often willing to surrender some of their civil liberties if it would stop innocent people from becoming victims of the next acts of a deranged individual. Unfortunately, in a country of 330 million people, no one- or two-rule changes will stop all deranged acts.