Letters to the Editor

Where is Ernst's righteous attitude?


Victor Frankl, in his book “Man’s Search for Meaning” includes a speech made on the 50th anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of Austria. In the final paragraph he said the following: “There are two styles of politics, or perhaps better said, there are only two types of politicians: The first who believe that the end justifies the means, and that could be any means,….while the other type of politician knows very well that there are means that could desecrate the holiest end. And that is the type of politician I trust.”

He should know. He spent a few years in Auschwitz and other camps before being liberated and going on to become a successful psychiatrist, lecturer and author.

So, I ask Sen. Joni Ernst, which type are you?

I am an independent. My first choice is always the person who I feel shows the greatest strength of character. I have researched the senator’s comments from four years ago when President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Need I copy and paste?

Now her attitude is one of fostering a swift approval and establishment of Amy Coney Barrett as the newest Supreme Court justice, even though the election is only a few weeks away.

Where is the righteous attitude she presented in 2016? She had several months to at least pretend to hold hearings then. She would not even support that. Maybe she feels she must go along with Mitch McConnell rather than risk his ire. Or maybe it’s fear of upsetting a certain bloc of voters here in Iowa. I have read her recent comments. The Democrats are going to “pack the court” or some other excuse like they would do the same if they were in her shoes.

Maybe they would, who knows? But they are not in her shoes. It’s Sen. Ernst we are watching.

Charles Winter