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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Letters

Starting to see the light?

Jan 13, 2020

To the editor:
It is nice to see some conservatives (The Lincoln Project) and Evangelicals (Christianity Today, Mark Galli) finally acknowledge what has been obvious for a while, that their embrace of the most hateful, divisive, incompetent, immoral and corrupt president in history might impose serious harm to their credibility, reputed principles and political longevity. Despite being the beneficiaries of this lawless GOP regime's subversion of our constitution, these patriots have stood for democracy, and I applaud them.
But it should be more well-known than it apparently is that nearly everything we have done as a country, that has made us great, has been a result of progressive activism, from both parties, once upon a time. I invite the conservative readership to please opine on this.
From Abolition to Suffrage, child labor, unions, Anti-Trust, The New Deal, education standards, veterans benefits, welfare, environmental protections, national parks, desegregation, minimum wage, Roe v. Wade, the Voting Rights Act, Social Security and Medicare, Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Affordable Care Act, gay rights, etc. Also, Prohibition. That one was a mistake. Point is every time, we dragged conservatives along, kicking and screaming. What have conservatives done?
Not much in my lifetime but indecent war profiteering, pioneering shameless corporate ownership of Congress, constant reincarnations of long debunked trickle- down economics featuring obscene tax cuts, subsidies and deregulation benefiting an oligarchy that profits regardless of our exploding federal deficit and resulting recessions. Also repeated assaults on gains we have made for social justice. We are in an emergency. We cannot afford to go backwards anymore.
Onward: Our greed has made us pathetic stewards of nature. We've made moderate strides to protect pets, but our farm (now mostly factory) animals, and the people tasked to raise them, really need us to reexamine our humanity.


Jennifer Young
Bethel




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