Dear Editor:

Even with an upcoming presidential election looming as large as this one, a national crisis has never been exploited to this degree as political desperation knows no bounds for today’s opposition party.

In a recent Letter to the Editor, “Strong government needed in times like these,” Jeff Laadt wrote, “I am reminded of former President Ronald Reagan’s famous remarks on the nature of government. In his first inaugural address he made it clear that ‘government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.’ ” 

Mr. Laadt went on to rationalize that Reagan was entirely wrong in how he negatively viewed our system of government back then as one largely controlled behind the scenes by unelected elites. And that such disdain not only shaped Republican conservatism ever since, but has culminated in today’s incompetent president who, like Reagan, does not believe that capable leadership and governing skills only are achievable when a powerful network of career bureaucrats are controlling a president’s rudder, especially in uncharted waters like these. 

Quoting Laadt, “Presidents are but temporary occupants of an office that sits astride the real power and legitimacy of an ongoing and permanent government. It is the latter that provides the necessary foundation of national governing.”

Except, in context, Reagan said nothing of the kind. Instead, he was merely referring to the Founding Fathers’ intent as exemplified in our Constitution creating a federal government with limited powers, when asserting, “The economic ills we suffer have come upon us over several decades. In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. So, let us take inventory. We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work — work with us, not over us.” 

Thirty-six years later, the same bold attitude of conservative principles thumbed its nose at those snobbish elites on election night 2016. And after despicable schemes perpetrated by scorned unelected bureaucrats to have our duly elected president ousted from office, Mr. Trump’s approval rating has only grown stronger as average Americans of all stripes finally see through the never-ending criminal charades. 

Then Laadt denigrated Trump’s self-characterization as a wartime president when compared to the Democratic Party’s icon, Franklin Roosevelt. Never mind that the two years of Roosevelt’s conspicuous reluctance to enter World War II against Germany prompted Japan to sense weakness, resulting in its attack on Pearl Harbor. 

Arguably, Roosevelt’s dithering ultimately cost hundreds of thousands of lives, including unsuspecting civilians viciously obliterated by nuclear bombs in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

On the other hand, it is equally arguable that despite predictable political backlash, Trump’s quick decisiveness to restrict travel from China just days after the first known coronavirus case was recorded in the United States likely saved as many lives as Roosevelt needlessly lost.

Trump then marshalled formidable teams composed of America’s best from both government and the private sector, as well as slashing bureaucratic red tape and expediting the approval and distribution of promising drugs commonly used for illness other than their designated usage.

In fact, President Trump’s “outsider” approach of partnering all available sources of American expertise has miraculously lowered death toll projections to near yearly flu season numbers.

Frank Gabl              

Prospect Heights, Ill.