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Don Lesser: Anger, replaced by horror 

  • Thousands march through downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, June 30, 2018, to demonstrate against the Trump administration's immigration policies. MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE/TNS/Aaron Lavinsky


Thursday, November 08, 2018
Anger, replaced by horror

I completely agree with Dr. Jay Fleitman’s observation that infrastructure rebuilding is vital (Nov. 6). However, I seem to remember Obama attempting to get this passed both because it was necessary and as part of his economic stimulus package. The GOP blocked this effort, as they did every effort of Obama’s that they could, complaining about the cost.

Dr. Fleitman misreads the anger on the left. Sure, just after the election, there were hard feelings, disappointment, etc. But in the last two years, this has been replaced, I believe, by sincere horror over the current president’s agenda, actions and words. Given his profiting off the presidency, dictatorial tendencies, anti-immigrant/Muslim/Hispanic/African-American statements, pro-white/Christian words and deeds, constant stream of lies and B.S., tariffs, trade wars and alienation of our allies, it is hard to see that Democrats are responsible for this current climate. Or that the current disaffection is about a chance to re-litigate the 2016 election.

Dr. Fleitman describes the partisan rancor over the past 20 years, conveniently forgetting Reagan’s campaign manager, Lee Atwater, who instituted the “permanent campaign” and partisan attacks that now color our politics. Atwater died repenting his actions.

One of the most annoying, albeit small, attacks is the use of “Democrat” as an adjective instead of the grammatical “Democratic.” The word ends in “rat” and negates the meaning of “democratic.” A small thing, to be sure, but indicative of one’s politics.

Worrying about the deficit is worthwhile, but both Democratic (see how easy it is to use) presidents left budget surpluses. Since Reagan, the GOP has significantly increased the national debt, usually to give the wealthy a break and to make it easier to gut Social Security and Medicare.

​​​​​​Dr. Fleitman is right. We don’t need a new round of political resentment. We do need to build for the future. I’d like to see a Republican initiative to do pretty much anything to help the country. It would be a start.

Don Lesser
Amherst