To the Editor:

Who really hates American Values? Is it US Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and “the rest of the squad” or is it the president? Given the hatred and obvious prejudice against people of various races, ethnicities, religions, and genders exhibited by the president in his tweets and at his rallies — it is clear to me that President Trump is the one who cares nothing about American Values or the truth.

He lies constantly about people who disagree with him to discredit them and these lies are repeated and expanded with even bigger lies on social media by people who call themselves “patriots” but in fact, are a bigger threat to democracy in the United States than any Russian computer hacker. Democrats with liberal ideals are much more in line with the original vision of the founding fathers than the radical conservative, racist, religious fanatics that have become the dominant faction of the Republican Party.

Do the words — “with liberty and justice for all” of our Pledge of Allegiance mean anything to anyone anymore? How about the often-quoted words of the poem on the plaque of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor — Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free — The wretched refuse of your teeming shore — Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me — I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Do any of our ideals mean anything anymore? Are we so hung up “on fear of the other” that our only national goals are to have the biggest military, the largest GDP, the lowest taxes and the most people in prison of any country in the world?

Richard Peterson