Who will stand up to Trump?

As one who tends to think out loud more and more in my advanced years, I was stung a bit by the answer to the CRYPTOQUOTE puzzle in the August 6 paper:

WHEN YOU HAVE SPOKEN THE WORD, IT REIGNS OVER YOU. WHEN IT IS UNSPOKEN YOU REIGN OVER IT.

Or, in fewer words, THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK. This applies to like everyone not just me–especially to those who Tweet.

And of course the prime example is our reigning president — or should I say reigned president? His words reign over him and thus over us.

He is trapped by his words, as we are. He seems not only to speak or tweet before he thinks but to act before he thinks.

He is ignoring the longtime Republican doctrine of not interfering in business, of not choosing favorites. Once you start doing this there is no end to the complications and difficulties.

Helping steel producers hurts companies using steel. Tariffs on China hurt our soybean farmers. And so it goes. And it will only get more complicated–and disastrous.

How can anyone, especially the Republicans, support such a business interference policy?

OK, maybe those firms currently favored can, but they know they could be replaced on the favored list by another firm, as part of the never ending meddling process where a correction requires another correction ad infinitum.

Such a bad deal.

And who among our three members of Congress can stand up to this president and his misguided and counterproductive meddling, especially as it affects North Dakota?

Only one has shown the courage and backbone to represent us and vote no to presidential proposals that would harm this state: Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

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