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The bell tolls; it is mourning in America

To the editor:

Decades ago, Ronald Reagan optimistically declared that it was “morning in America.” Today, sadly, it is mourning in America.

I do not mourn for broken windows in a building that houses elected bodies that pretend to do the people’s business but waste our hard-earned money on the most ridiculous causes around the world while Americans at home suffer and struggle valiantly to make ends meet.

I do not mourn for frightened representatives and senators who sat silently while terrified innocent citizens watched their neighborhoods burned, looted and pillaged in the violent riots of last summer.

I do not even mourn for the dead and injured in the mayhem at the Capitol. If people break into a building — any building — and place law enforcement in a chaotic situation that can cause others to react in self-preserving and unpredictable ways, they deserve to suffer the consequences.

No, mourning in America today is deeper than all that — much deeper. I watched with fascination and horror into the wee hours of Thursday, Jan. 7 as our elected representatives turned a blind, calloused eye to flagrant, documented, unconstitutional violations of election law in Pennsylvania. Those who objected to the objections smirked behind their face masks and declared haughtily that the people of Pennsylvania had spoken in a fair, lawful election and they were not about to overturn the “will of the people.” They offered not a single refutation of the actual charges.

Very well then. Go ahead and do what your political party and twisted ideology demand, but please don’t spit in my face and tell me it is raining. The inability — or unwillingness — of members of Congress to look the unconstitutional behavior of Pennsylvania’s governor, Supreme Court and Secretary of State square in the eye and call it what it is will be the ultimate death knell of our republic and is the real cause for mourning.

If you are one of my friends and fellow citizens on the left of the political spectrum who is satisfied with this outcome because it gives you a gleeful sense of short-term victory, you would do well to remember the prescient words of John Adams: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Our sacred Constitution — words on paper — is the only glue that holds our nation together, and its execution depends solely on the moral compass of the nation’s citizenry, regardless of political stripe. The moral failings of our elected representatives in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Congress of the United States is a cancer that will rot our Republic from within. It is mourning in America because all of us have lost: “… never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

It is mourning in America. The bell tolls.

Kevin Zook

Lewistown

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