I found Father Alex Miller’s Nov. 20 letter sad, infuriating and deeply troubling as I contemplate the recently completed election and the future of our democracy.
His letter: sad because it demonstrates a profound gullibility of even intelligent, educated, and well meaning people in the face of appeals from an unscrupulous, self-serving, anti-democratic, would-be autocrat who has spent the last four years undermining public confidence in our most fundamental democratic institutions.
Father Miller’s letter: infuriating because it parrots and asserts as fact the unfounded and discredited conspiracy theories generated from deep within the dark web (Russia? China? The ultra right? White nationalists?), and given visibility and endorsement by Trump and his unhinged, melting down lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Father Miller’s letter: deeply troubling because it gives evidence of Trump’s success in sowing division and distrust among loyal and proud Americans, in undermining our public institutions (including our elections), and in attacking our most cherished democratic values (acceptance of clear election outcomes, peaceful transfer of power, etc.)
In the end, however, I hope Father Miller will take comfort in the fact that, although he will not accept him as his President, Joe Biden will be his president. President-elect Biden will be the President for those who voted for him, and for those who voted against him — even if they number six million fewer than those whose votes put him legitimately in the White House.