Time for us to face consequences of racism

Are Democrats radical left socialists?

No, we are not. My dictionary defines socialism as “government ownership of the means of production and distribution of goods.”

I’m an old man and a lifelong Democrat. I think very few Democrats are socialists.

We favor the welfare state, that is capitalism with humane limits under which we have lived since Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s. I think even few Republicans would want to give up Social Security, unemployment insurance and Medicare.

To label Democrats as radical left or socialists because of Bernie Sanders is like calling Republicans fascists because their president acts like one and is abetted by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik.

My vote goes to Tedra Cobb.

Arthur L. Johnson

Potsdam

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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rdsouth

Republicans tend to fall in line behind a unified orthodoxy (while pretending to be all about freedom) while Democrats are a diverse rabble of wildly varying opinions, all pretending to be The One True Way. So naturally there is confusion, and Republican leaders can easily persuade rank and file Republicans that because one Democrat said something (and tried to pretend with a straight face that all Democrats believe it, and didn't get smacked down for it by monitors) that means all Democrats are characterized by that. See, liberals are the ones who are really about freedom and you can't judge one of us by any other of us. We are just out here riding around the wagon barricade whooping and being crazy.

keyser soze

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Kevin Beary

When Joe Lieberman said that he hoped Ocasio-Cortez was not the future of the Democratic Party, the congresswoman famously remarked, "New party, who dis?" There are a lot of who-dis Democrats who willfully refuse to see how their party has changed, and who feel it is still the party of FDR. They remain Democrats for nostalgic reasons. The new Democratic party is an alliance made up principally of the Democratic/Working Families/Democratic Socialists of America parties. Democratic candidates who want to distance themselves from the socialist ideology of a party such as Working Families do not run on the Working Families line.

As for FDR, it won't be long before the new Democrats start pulling down his statues, just as their British counterparts want to pull down Churchill's. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Franklin_D._Roosevelt#Accusations_of_racism

hermit thrush

aoc is an fdr democrat on economics (and yes, she is a million miles better than him on race -- a true testament to our progress as a nation). kevin beary is exactly the kind of absurd alarmist the letter is talking about.

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LAW

Have you ever seen a statue of FDR? I haven't. Maybe wheelchairs and desks aren't as stirring as rearing horses and cannons?

Are statues that important to YOU, Comrade - that you would protect them before you'd protect a citizen? Are you worried that the GOP's divine SAINT RONALD {the real RAYGUN} will be defrocked for his reliably racist speeches and behaviors like he gave in Philadelphia MS to kick off his campaign for POTUS? (To say nothing of his sexual philandering, Not up to modern GOP standards like Newt Gingrich or Don the Con Trump, but still, he dumped his wife for a pushy shrew and never looked back. GOPers don't seem to brag about Fancy Nancy being six weeks pregnant when she finally got him to marry her. Why do you suppose that is?) Not to worry. He doesn't have any statues, just a few streets and one crummy airport named after him. Who will miss him, really?

Holmes -- the real one

This is the most well known of the sculptures of FDR. It includes Fala, his dog. The sculptor (Neil Estern) a Brooklyn native, made several sculptures of FDR -- including one in which he is depicted sitting in his wheelchair.

Here is a link a picture of to the Fala piece: https://www.washingtonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/FDR-Memorial-Fala-Roosevelt-1536x1167.jpg

hermit thrush

good letter.

Baxter

Democrats have never been experts in demonizing opponents. That is good and we don't need to resort to those tactics to win elections.

Holmes -- the real one

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Newsjunkie39a

Simply and clearly, so well said. You go, Art!

Holmes -- the real one

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