Petula Dvorak, in her Aug. 15 Metro column, “WWII vets have their say on Nazis in Charlottesville,” compiled quotations from World War II veterans condemning President Trump’s disheartening failure to convincingly denounce blatant neo-Nazi displays reminiscent of the evil they fought with so much courage and loss. Their criticism is compelling and no doubt heartfelt, but the follow-up question has to be asked: “Who did you support and vote for in the 2016 election?”
Demographics as well as rally attendance and veterans’ websites would indicate that the answer for more than a few of them would be Mr. Trump. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) had one of the most poignant “never again” responses to the Charlottesville rampage when he cited the death of his soldier brother at the hands of the Nazis in World War II, yet he voted for and continues to generally support Mr. Trump. American voters are notorious for divorcing their votes from their predictable consequences.
The survivors of the “greatest generation” need to muster their unique, front-line moral authority to re-prove themselves, this time on the battlefield of the voting booth and electoral politics, and not rest content with rhetorically reproving the resurgence of neo-Nazi racism.
K.W. James Rochow, Oxon Hill
Regarding the Aug. 15 news article “GoDaddy delists neo-Nazi website in wake of violence”:
Guys like me, too unhip to monitor whether my GoDaddy fee was profiting the company that hosted Daily Stormer, should not have to play policeman; nor should the likes of GoDaddy get away with shielding hate speech because the First Amendment doesn’t apply to commercial enterprises such as GoDaddy.
There should be hosting choices — competition for the GoDaddys of this world — that would do the policing for us. I suggest GoMommy, whose terms of service would authorize the bouncing of any site that failed to scrub speech for which your mother would wash your mouth out with soap.
The GoMommy standard would be clear to all concerned, and those intent on violating it would be free to host their hogwash elsewhere.
Vincent J. Canzoneri, Newton, Mass.
Richard Cohen’s Aug. 15 op-ed, “Trump’s America is not mine,” was great. It’s not my America, either.
However, he wrote, “Maybe Charlottesville will be a turning point.” I thought Sandy Hook would be a turning point for gun control. It wasn’t. I have no hope that Charlottesville will be a turning point for fighting racism.
I hope I’m wrong. I would love to be wrong.
Susan Robinson Levy, New York
It’s not as though Richard Cohen could run out and get a majority of eligible voters to elect him president, so I’m not really worried so much about having to put up with “Cohen’s America” [“Trump’s America is not mine,” op-ed, Aug. 15]. We can’t even get all the voters to vote. But they sure can energize themselves, even if they cannot or choose not to vote.
Every American has a right to object to “things.” To protest (not riot). And last, but most important, to try to get their leaders elected to federal and state government leadership posts. Mr. Cohen lowered himself to the position that espouses “My position is right. Yours is wrong.” Just as we see in all corners of the United States today.
Jim Crawford, Arlington
One day after the mayor of Lexington, Ky., announced that he would take action to relocate two Confederate monuments from the local courthouse [“Ky. city’s mayor wants to relocate Confederate statues,” news, Aug. 14], I marched with hundreds of others from the White House to Judiciary Square, home of the one outdoor statue of a Confederate general in the District.
Albert Pike was not a great general, but he was renowned among Masons, who paid for his statue. The impressive House of the Temple at 16th and S streets NW has a museum in Pike’s honor and also holds his remains and his library, according to Post columnist John Kelly, who wrote about the temple in 2015.
A solution suggests itself. What if the Masons offered to take back the statue and house it indoors in their museum? That would go a long way toward making amends for the 2011 elimination of a quarter-acre of community gardens that are now a parking annex behind the temple.
And if the House of the Temple can’t accommodate it, perhaps the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria has room, indoors preferred.
Sue Mosher, Arlington