In response to Gary Pichon’s letter to the editor in a recent edition of the Pickens County Progress, the only word I can think of is “amusing.”
The Democratic Party is much more in line with traditional American ideals than the Republican Party. As a base, the Democratic Party believes in the existence, rights, and freedoms of all law-abiding citizens regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or religion. This is supposed to be what the United States is all about.
In terms of socialism, the Democratic Party certainly does not believe in an economic and political system in which the government owns and controls everything. Instead, the Democratic Party believes in regulated capitalism and private industry working alongside particular social programs in order to ensure the equitability to citizens that unfettered capitalism would deny (this is the way our nation already functions). That is why we have public education, law enforcement, fire departments, water and sewage, the DOT, Social Security, Medicare, and many other tax-dollar programs. Without these, only the rich would be privy to particular services. If this is the type of socialism to which Mr. Pichon refers, it certainly benefits everyone in our country and no one wants to end capitalism.
In terms of obstruction, I would point to the deals offered by the Democratic Party during the Obama administration that were repeatedly struck down by the Republican Party. This includes most notably deficit and debt reduction packages, instrumental to the finances of both government and private industry, that were repeatedly struck down by John Boehner and the Republicans. Where would we be now economically had the Republican Party been willing to meet the Democratic Party on the issue? We would obviously be in much better shape than we are now.
Finally, the Democratic Party did not invent any kind of myth regarding the atrocities of the white male culture. The historic record of crimes against Native Americans, slavery, oppression of the African-American culture, and oppression of women all speak for themselves without any invention or perpetuation by the Democratic Party. It’s simply a matter that now, instead of accepting such, people have begun to analyze history more closely and acknowledge the wrong-doing involved in such acts.
All this while the youth of our nation die in their own schools, and the Trump administration wreaks havoc on our country all in the name of ego and self-glorification.
When we go to the poles to vote, it is usually to vote against who we perceive to be the greater of two evils. When I saw the Progress article about last Saturday's Republican tomato sandwich rally, I thought it would be a good chance to meet some of the candidates and make a better informed decision regarding the upcoming primary run off....
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