I emigrated to the United States in 1971. I will leave if Trump wins

To the editor: After immigrating to the United States in 1971, my introduction to national politics was the Watergate hearings, which I followed closely on television. The role that prominent members of the Republican Party played in the downfall of President Nixon was expected and commendable. (“Is 2024 the year you will become an American expat?” Opinion, January 1)

Forty-five years later, I watched as Trump was elected and left the country in horror. Unfortunately, my American family was unable to accompany me to Switzerland due to work obligations, so after three months I again suffered for four years watching the principles of my beloved adopted country be systematically dismantled.

If former President Trump is re-elected, I will move once again to Europe, unwilling to spend another four years experiencing our country’s deterioration at home and being a laughing stock abroad.

Republican complicity in Trump’s ego-driven schemes reminds me too much of the events leading up to World War II, and I abhor Trump supporters’ thoughtless adherence to his amoral behavior. They will continue to exist long after Trump is a nightmarish memory.

Isabelle H. Meyer, Glendale


To the editor: In “The Dawn of Everything,” the book that Virginia Heffernan mentions in her op-ed, authors David Graeber and David Wengrow mention three freedoms. Heffernan focuses on just one: the right to move.

Why don’t you look at the options for people who are wealthy enough to leave the United States? How about exhorting your readers to disobey and change society, the other two freedoms, before leaving the country?

Susan Nash, Los Angeles

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