I agree with Chris Stewart that countering misinformation is vital (“Rep. Chris Stewart: The biggest threat to our country is misinformation,” Dec. 15). I disagree, however, with what he identifies as its core cause: people who believe, among other things, that our country is deeply flawed. His view seems rooted in mistrust. As he notes, there are people who believe that to create a better America we have to break it down and build it back up. One might strongly disagree with that approach, but what we all share is the desire for a better America.
No country is perfect, and a first step in building strength is to identify weakness. We certainly don’t take notes on how to improve from other countries; for us, productive criticism must come from within. Many citizens today enjoy rights secured by patriots willing to critique (and fight against) the nation’s status quo (Civil Rights Act of 1964, 19th Amendment, etc.). The heart of our country’s problem with trust does not lie here.
Oddly, Stewart doesn’t acknowledge the pervasive misinformation from the president. His cries of a fraudulent election continue despite dozens of court cases dismissed, dropped or lost. If at this point his lawyers haven’t been able to present evidence of fraud in court, why do we abide claims that sow deep mistrust in our electoral processes? This corrosive disinformation goes to the heart of our democracy. Where is Chris Stewart’s voice on this?