After several months of GOP-dominated government, many are missing the forest for the trees. Trump, Ryan, McConnell and their oligarch donors and right-wing media propagandists are constructing a "Kremlin" on the Potomac.

Trump has maintained his business interests, kept his finances secret, called the press the enemy of the people, placed his daughter and son-in-law in the White House, formed a Cabinet of billionaire and millionaire secretaries with agendas to widen the wealth gap while damaging the environment and individual rights.

Ryan has proposed legislation giving the wealthy huge tax cuts while taking healthcare coverage away from millions of hardworking and needy Americans and raising costs for less protection. Additional laws will cut benefits for average citizens while handing wealthy corporations enormous tax reductions and freedom to plunder our economy with little regulation or consumer protection.

McConnell is removing standards and policies that required compromise in the Senate, approving Gorsuch for the stolen seat on the Supreme Court with a simple majority. He will likely extend this "nuclear" rule for all legislation.

In 2018, voters must oust the GOP from the House and Senate, otherwise by 2020, the "Russianizing" of our democracy could be nearly complete. Protesting, demonstrating and rallying are vital to keep the electorate focused on issues, but voting is most essential. When we don't use our right to vote, we may lose it or have only one party to vote for if the current regime remains in power.

Linda L. Doenitz, Bloomington

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