Defence opens door to rhetoric
The article in The Border Mail (January 12) on Michael McCormack and certain other right-wing politicians complaining about the shutdown of Donald Trump's social media accounts is a backhanded way of backing the seditious moves made by the outgoing President.
What to me is even scarier is that it opens the door to similar movements here in Australia. What we have seen in America is the use of misinformation created and continually espoused by Donald Trump and also certain elements in the media.
Social media was used by the Trump family and their followers to spread this far and wide which actually breached the end user agreements we all agree to when we open these accounts.
So before this right-wing elitist incorrect rhetoric goes any further we need to think for ourselves, we need to question, reason, and evaluate this attempt at an argument from Mr McCormack and see it for what it is, and not get drawn into diverting government rhetoric. We need to question why this stand is being taken and what is behind this.
Lynda Shortis, Yackandandah
Facts not to be disputed
I understand that Michael McCormack has an interesting definition of "facts", something that maybe contentious or disagreed with by another. Can I say that if it is declared a "fact" then it is proven and correct and not to be disputed. It would be like me saying that Mr McCormack is not the member for Riverina or the Deputy Prime Minister, as it's "contentious" and some didn't vote for you? Maybe that's a fact?
Peter Hood, Albury
Free world scared to speak up
Firstly, when write China, I mean the Chinese government, not the people.
China thinks it can subjugate its people without any consequences. China thinks it can persecute people based on their religion without any consequences. China thinks it can weaponise islands in international waters without any consequences. China thinks it can flood our market with "made in China" goods while declaring a trade war with us, without any consequences. China thinks it can hold 70 Australian ships and 1400 Aussie sailors virtual prisoners for months on end without any consequences. China thinks it can do whatever it wants without any consequences.
And they can. Because the free world is too scared to do anything about it except complain.
Steven Taylor, North Albury
Leave Trump to the courts
We hear a lot in our media about the need to impeach President Donald Trump.
His actions (as we perceive them via our media) do not come through as appropriate for the current situation. The American media and parliament seem intent on judging him guilty of whatever crimes they perceive him to have committed.
His impeachment is a very serious matter. In a democracy, the appropriate institution for judging any person's guilt, is the court system (and not public opinion). I hope that Americans will acknowledge this principle and stop trying to impeach their president: leave it to the court system.
Robert Packer, Corowa
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