Dear Editor:

I have always been a supporter of Byron McNutt’s commentary, but on Feb. 3 he adventurously attempted to strike a unifying balance between political opponents and their presidents that came off conspicuously lopsided, considering left-wing progressives launched a criminal repudiation of Donald Trump the very minute the election was called. 

These ongoing un-American riots, which are an unprecedented reaction to the people’s choice for president, include various levels of orchestrated violence against police and property, which to my point, Mr. McNutt casually characterized Trump’s opponents in general as simply being in “a very bad mood.” 

In stark contrast, defiant right-wing conservatives reacted for eight years within the boundaries of the very American ideal of peaceful public protest in opposition to Barack Obama. Indeed, as Mr. McNutt noted, “America is a deeply divided nation.” But just who is responsible for sowing the seeds of such deep division in the first place, resulting in the election of Donald Trump? 

And one can make a strong case that such division was merely an underhanded diversionary tactic to create chaos while Barack Obama gradually executed his party’s scheme to “fundamentally transform the United States of America,” as he divulged to the masses just five days prior to the election of 2008. 

In any event, it was the mere thought of this despicable un-American transformation that drove a majority of conservatives to unapologetically hope Obama would fail from the get-go, just as Trump’s American restoration is the very reason a majority of Obama’s political base are proudly rooting for Trump to fail now. 

Mr. McNutt views such reasoning “foolhardy,” not to want every president to succeed and become the best president ever. But the last eight years have been desperate times for both sides with America literally up for grabs. 

So as the saying goes, desperate times call for desperate measures. Therefore, the winning side must achieve victory not by following the leader while hoping for the best, but by fighting harder than their opponent for what they truly believe in, and in this case, America as they see it. Besides, if the opposite were the case, Hillary Clinton would have been inaugurated. 

And shockingly, Mr. McNutt advised, “We need to credit Obama for being a good and decent man. He was cool, suave and charming. He carried himself with dignity and self-respect, even when he was wrong.” 

With those glowing character traits firmly established, Mr. McNutt stated: “In my opinion, Obama got off to a bad start and did the most damage to his presidential legacy when he insisted on misleading and distorting the facts while trying to sell the Affordable Care Act back in 2009, when, in front of a joint session of Congress and a national television audience, he offered at least five promises that he clearly had to know were not true. Yet, he doubled down by repeating those untruths over and over, despite being told by opponents and fellow Democrats that his selling points weren’t true or accurate.” 

In fact, on 36 separate videotaped occasions over the course of four years, Obama publicly repeated some version of the lie regarding a citizen’s ability to keep their doctor and/or health-care plan. That said, when it comes down to the seriousness of such a sustained nation-transforming deception, such lofty integrity should never be attributed to Barack Obama until the same admiration is extended to Donald Trump by his detractors.

And who believes that could ever happen?

Frank Gabl

Prospect Heights, Ill., 

and Houghton County, Mich.