Letter to the Editor: Mixed message

The Oct. 19 Commentary in the Delaware State News (“Kindness vs. cruelty—the 2020 decision”) brings to mind the phrase “consumed by hatred.”

Reading a commentary like this which advocates for a high road “paved with love, kindness and compassion, with malice towards none and charity for all,” yet filled with hateful words, causes one to pause. And I couldn’t help but think, when the author expressed horror about “ripping babies from their mothers” (referring to illegal immigrant mothers I understand), about how pro-life President Trump has been advocating to stop abortion’s “ripping babies from their mothers’ wombs”.

Surely it is disheartening to read something advocating for love, kindness and compassion but filled with words that are just the opposite, such as calling President Trump “a sick, cruel, and corrupt man” with a “demonic combination of hate, cruelty, lack of empathy, ignorance and narcissism,” and then going further to wish President Trump bad, stating: “It’s time to show the world that we chose kindness over cruelty in 2020. Let’s make a 74-year old toddler go to bed without his supper and cry himself to sleep on election night.”

Somehow to me a commentary advocating for a high road “paved with love, kindness and compassion, with malice towards none and charity for all” and yet filled with hateful words and bad wishes just doesn’t seem to fit together.

Karen Smiga
Frederica

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