To the Editor:
I was dismayed to read Bob Chaplin’s political commentary last week. Chaplin, a seasoned and respected educator, would do well to recall that the Alien and Sedition Act, secession, and FDR’s court-packing scheme all posed a greater threat to American democracy than President Trump supposedly does now.
Trump poses a threat if he fails at reelection and refuses to step down—an unlikely scenario. Barring that, his use of executive orders, appointment power, and military authority are a matter of precedent which is thoroughly enshrined in our great system.
What is truly “saddening” is the conceit that hurt feelings constitute a threat to democracy.