Small-town resident risks riling neighbors over Trump

Posted: Jul. 15, 2020 3:50 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

When my husband and I moved from Washington, D.C., to my ancestral home in Kinderhook last year, we knew our politics and mores might not align perfectly with our neighbors. That was OK with me. My father was a long-time Republican. He voted for Nixon while I was marching for McGovern. I still loved him.

Unlike others who live in rural Illinois, I am grateful for Chicago, and the city's statewide liberal voting monopoly. "Pritzker Sucks" and "Trump-Pence" signs flourish in my village, and others downstate.

Even though I didn't understand why people are not grateful for our governor and embarrassed by our president, I kept my opinions to myself, not wanting to be an outlier.

But I can no longer do that. Beyond Trump's incompetence, his imperviousness to science, his misogyny, his attack on our government, he's a white supremacist who is feeding bile to his supporters.

And that's why I put a 120-by-52 inch "Truth Over Lies; Biden for President" on our deck. We need to hold Trump supporters accountable; we need to stop being silent.

Christine Ledbetter

Kinderhook, Ill.