To the Editor:
Recently I received a postcard promoting “Maine’s Home for Christians, Constitutionalists, Conservatives.” If you identify as a conservative and you find this message compelling, beware! You are being lied to and manipulated. If you identify as Christian, these folks are leading people far from the values taught by Jesus. If you love the Constitution and this country, these folks are manipulating your patriotism to lead us toward armed insurgency, civil war and, ultimately, fascism.
Make no mistake. Their agenda is to use your Christian beliefs to manipulate you into blind obedience to a demagogue. Just listen to Stephen Ayres’ testimony before the bipartisan commission investigating the events of Jan. 6, 2021, whose life was ruined because he believed the lies and trusted the president of this country. Listen to the moving story of U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, a vet who gave everything for his country only to be attacked by a violent mob incited by that same president. A mob that attempted to destroy our democracy for which so many have sacrificed their lives.
Alexander Hamilton, one of our founding fathers, warned us that American democracy would be destroyed by demagogues who would “mouth populist shibboleths to conceal their despotism.” Ask yourself, do I really want to be associated with a leader who compulsively lies? If I participate in this movement, am I complicit in the deaths of police officers and innocent civilians during the storming of the Capitol Building? Do I want to sacrifice my career, my family and my country for a con artist?