Letter to the editor

End justifying the means?

To the editor: I read the article in Sunday’s paper entitled “Anti-Trump Christians, would you prefer a president who supports a secular social agenda?” by Cal Thomas with great interest. It seems to me that Mr. Thomas could have easily replaced his 500-plus word column with the following five words: “The end justifies the means.” His argument is that it doesn’t matter that our president is morally deficient as long as he produces the results supported by conservative evangelicals.

The idea of the end justifying the means is an ancient one that has been used enthusiastically throughout the years by autocrats willing to commit atrocities to protect their position and power. This includes Lenin and Stalin, who specifically referenced the concept to support their policies and murders. Is this the philosophy that we want to adopt as Americans? Do we really believe that one group’s view of “right” is so important that annihilation of other positions is justified?

Should not an American president work to protect all Americans rather than only those willing to overlook his fundamental deficiencies of character?

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