To the editor:

When our current president was first elected, I pledged to praise and support him when and if warranted, if his loyal supporters would only be willing to admit when he stumbled and led his country poorly or not at all. Until now, I have found little to praise and much to criticize and loathe, but on the other side of that coin I have never heard from one of his supporters who found any of his actions or decisions abominable. Recently, however, I found myself thanking the president for something I’m sure he never intended to do: Allowing me to see moderate Republicans in a whole new light.

Former President George H.W. Bush was an honorable man who served his country long and well. He and his wife represented me and all other Americans well on the world stage. He and Barbara will indeed be missed. As with his son, I did not agree with all of his decisions or actions, but that is simply politics in a democracy, a complicated system which strives for a united front emanating from divergent opinions.

Under proper leadership, that should be the goal of Congress and the American people: Lively civil debate, a vote, and ultimate concerted action to address all our needs as a nation and a united people.

But that is not the current tone set by this administration, where any sort of dialogue or debate is seen as something to be avoided at all costs in favor of sarcasm and vicious verbal attacks.

I am hoping that moderate Republicans (actually, moderate politicians of whatever affiliation) will come together to right their party and return us once again to a time of civil debate and the free exchange of ideas and learned points of view.

I have come to look for honorable men and women like George H.W. Bush to rise up and take back the GOP from the grasp of its present, embarrassing task masters. If they do, I pledge anew to meet them halfway, to discuss, to compromise when necessary and to appreciate them for their different but reasoned points of view, garnered from years of training, education and public service.

I won’t always agree with them, but at least I’ll respect them and their right to differing points of view.

So, thank you, Mr. President, for bringing me to this point of longing for good men and women of all persuasions to arise from all walks of life in dedicated and honorable service to their country.

Your truly cringe-worthy term in office has made me much more tolerant of good people with whom I don’t always agree.

Now that you’ve accomplished that task, kindly step aside and let the country move forward and get on with the business of repairing our standing in the world and healing our domestic wounds.

Bill Densmore

Riverside

(The author is a 1965 Orestimba High graduate)