As America sang "God Bless America" this July 4, our Republican Party, the media and leaders alike were wading in the dirt trying to belittle, denigrate and dishonor via slander and criticism our president. It seems to me we are losing our freedoms in the discord, with violence and lawlessness growing daily. In fact, the violence and deaths and anger aroused by this constant criticism of our president are more devastating in their toll of respect and love of country than the Civil War.

If history teaches anything, it is that such campaigns of hatred and disrespect lead to dictatorship, an Auschwitz and loss of freedom as we have known it.Yet, the GOP boasts that it is the moral party. I fail to see the morality, nor do I see any true patriotism.

The Republicans won the last election by criticism and fault-finding of members of Congress. They elected Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole as leaders of that great body. This was to be a moral victory? What did they give us? A "Contract with America" that turned out to be empty words for "we, the people," while passing tax breaks for the wealthy and cutting our school aid, health aid, road repair, etc., with the money saved going to the rich. Where is their morality now?

I vote for The Democratic Party, which stands "for the people, of the people, and by the people" to save our democracy.

Rosa Vida Black

Salt Lake City