A letter to Governor John Kasich: Time for you to step up

Dear Mr. Kasich:

I am very impressed with your stands that are in contrast with the far right wing of your party…think pro-immigration and accepting of Medicaid funding for the least fortunate among us at the top of the list.

But there is an, ahem, elephant in the room you have refused to address openly and honestly, unless you actually accept his vitriol and violence aimed at Mexicans and anyone else he doesn’t like. Mr. Kasich, it’s not enough to say he speaks to a frustration many Americans have. This is an insult to all the other Americans who manage to handle their frustration without attacking others. It also avoids addressing the reality that “Americans” who spew hatred don’t hold American ideals. They just don’t and it is way past time you tell them that.

You have stated over and over how your ideals are more important than winning an election. Indeed, this is why so many people so quickly have been drawn to you, even those who may disagree with some of your policies. But now your silence on hate in your party calls your core ideals into question. Where is your outrage? He is the 2015 version of a pre-enlightened George Wallace of your party. Kinda scary when you think Wallace doled out his hate fifty years ago and then changed. Wallace’s words:  I think I can understand something of the pain black people have come to endure. I know I contributed to that pain, and I can only ask your forgiveness. Can you imagine your guy ever saying this to Mexicans?

Your reluctance to date to take on his xenophobia and hate can mean only one thing. You are politically calculating your response instead of intuitively saying what’s right. It is time for you to right your wrong.


Mike Cronin

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