As a psychoanalytic psychotherapist for 30-plus years, I believe that George Will *68’s articulation of fellow Princetonian Ted Cruz ’92’s culpability in the Jan. 6 Trump-supported insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building provided a succinct statement of desperately-needed, reality-based clarity amid the rampant, delusional thinking of Congressional representatives who we assumed — whether their politics were ours or not — to at least have the moral compass required to execute their congressional roles with integrity.

As a proud fellow Princetonian and a lifelong student of psychopathology, I was deeply saddened by Mr. Cruz’s participation in perpetuating the discredited, unfounded attacks on democracy that culminated in yesterday’s violence; when I saw that his decision was to continue to rationalize his participation in that dangerous, self-serving charade on the Senate floor after the deaths and injuries on the Capitol steps and the destruction within its halls, I was dismayed.

I appreciated Mr. Will’s succinct eloquence; my inclination was to shout to the world, “This is not who we are!”

Elaine Ambandos Smith ’77
Union, N.J.