Letter: Why do we vote against our own self interest?

To the Editor:

Voltaire, French enlightenment writer and philosopher, wrote: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."

These past four years, we’ve caged children, turned our backs on our Kurdish allies, killed each other during peaceful demonstrations, and seen right-wing plots to kidnap the governor of Michigan.

These things were done in our name as citizens of this country and are just a few examples. How far does it have to go before we see that this is not how the people of a democratic nation behave?

Many still voted for the leadership that brought all this to America's reality and voted
for a Republican Party that's in court right now trying to abolish protections for preexisting
conditions during a pandemic. They also seek to kill Medicare and Social Security.

Why do we vote against our own self interest? Is our racism that strong? Is our identity to a party so sacred that we don’t question it based our own principles. New leadership is coming and along with that comes new opportunities, new starts. I think it’s time we press the reset button, examine facts objectively and rediscover our Christian roots.

George Wen

Delavan, Wisconsin