I’m responding to the July 13 letter from Swanzey resident Ray Colburn, “Trump win might be nation’s last gasp.”

Mr. Colburn laments what he sees as the diminution of the power and influence of white people in America, comparing them today to Jews in 1933 Germany: Jews were the cultural scapegoats in Germany back then, and white people (in his view) are the cultural scapegoats in America today.

I acknowledge Mr. Colburn’s point of view which is that white people — in his eyes the smartest, most capable people in our nation — are in today’s cultural zeitgeist being unappreciated and disrespected. However, consider the underlying assumption of Mr. Colburn’s point of view, that white people are best qualified to solve whatever problems, domestic or international, that our great nation might face.

Mr. Colburn argues that the ultimate enemy of our nation is communist China, which he believes is attacking our nation from within, using the miseducation of college students, the co-opting of our congresspersons and, above all, the introduction into our country of a manufactured virus (COVID-19). It is in regard to this last Chinese weapon (the coronavirus pandemic) that I believe Mr. Colburn’s argument for the re-election of Donald Trump falls apart.

If white people are the smartest, most capable folks in the world, they should be able to defeat whatever weapons the Chinese may use against them, including the coronavirus. If white folks are truly superior, there is nothing that the Chinese can throw at them — even a virus supposedly created in Chinese laboratories — that white Americans cannot outsmart, out-strategize.

And, in fact, if one looks at the trajectory of the virus in European Union countries and Canada, all largely populated and governed by white people, Mr. Colburn’s underlying assumption might be said to be validated: Those white-run nations have somehow managed to outsmart and out-strategize the Chinese and their deadly “laboratory-created” virus.

In white -governed European nations, COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and death rates have fallen precipitously. In the United States however, under the leadership (or lack thereof) of President Trump, they have risen to alarming, potentially economy-destroying levels.

This leads me to a question for Mr. Colburn’s consideration: If white people and white government leaders in Europe are successfully counteracting the nefarious Chinese virus, why isn’t our white president? It could be because we’ve elected the wrong white guy.

And we shouldn’t, if we know what’s best for us, elect him again.

WALTER L. LOWE

40 Avon St.

Keene