To whom it may concern,
Since my family and I moved to New Canaan in December of 2001 we have felt welcomed by this community. Even though we immigrated here from Mexico, the bonds of shared community and friendship have never been deprived from us. We have strived to be strong citizens of our adopted country and our town, which is why I feel compelled to plead with the good people of New Canaan to not vote for Donald Trump this November.
I cherish the conservative nature of New Canaan. A strong embrace of limited government and business friendly politics provides a necessary check on Democrats’ excesses, locally, statewide and nationally. But Mr. Trump will not provide that “check” [that] Republicans here, and across the country seek to impose on Democrats. Instead, his proposals runs contrary to conservative positions and at times are blatantly unconstitutional. He wants to deny first amendment rights to Muslims, reduce the freedom of the press through draconian libel laws, and deny birthright citizenship which is ensured through the 14th Amendment. Additionally, he would decrease revenue irresponsibly, while simultaneously increasing spending on defense and entitlements—a recipe for disaster and a mountain of debt.
Trump’s worst attribute is his blatant appeal to our fears. His demagoguery over Muslims and immigrants has coarsened the racial divide. He frequently elevates far-right zealots who peddle racism and conspiracy theories, such as Alex Jones (who most famously claimed Sandy Hook was faked), by re-Tweeting them and appearing with them.
I understand that many right-leaning New Canaanites may feel uncomfortable voting for anyone other than a Republican, but Trump is different. When my parents and I were naturalized we swore a sacred oath to this country and its constitution, “that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Today, I call upon all members of this community to look within themselves and meditate about the choice they have this election. Donald Trump stands in opposition to every ideal that has made this nation and this town great. You must not vote for him.
Juan Pablo Rivera Garza