Letters to the Editor: ‘If you don’t want Donald Trump back in the White House in 2024, Democrats need to change course’ | first words | Orlando
In the November 10 issue, opinion writer Jeffrey Bellman’s “Enlightened Opposition” column was about the potential consequences of losing Democratic nominee for governor Terry McAuliffe (“Democrats must learn the wrong lesson from Glenn Youngkin’s victory”). In Bellman’s view, “instead of ‘moving to the center’ in the name of improbable self-preservation, it would be better to serve them by retaining as much as possible before Republicans regain a majority and halt progress on climate change, healthcare, and wealth inequality.” Many readers disagreed, and at least one made a compelling case for why.
To the editor:
I am writing to respectfully disagree with most of this article. First, a few things: A, I am a registered Democrat but voted for both parties at all levels of government (city, state, federal); B, you voted for Biden in 2020; You voted for a third party in 2016; And C, I don’t think the election was stolen from Trump. It’s sad to say, but in this day and age you need to know who you’re talking to.
Regarding the editorial – on the bigger point that Democrats are likely to lose at least one of their majorities in Congress in 2022 due to historical trends, I agree with you. However, I think the degree to which they lose that majority is not at all consistent, and what they do and don’t do over the next 10 months is going to play a big part in how bad it gets. I don’t agree that because of this, they have to say “Fuck you!” And scratch everything they can because they probably won’t be in full force again for another decade. I think that’s certainly an option, but I imagine it would lead to a “missile attack”, to use former President Obama’s term in the midterm elections.
Some points I think you are missing, perhaps on purpose to fit your political conviction:
1. Joe Biden was elected president because he is not Trump and because a large segment of the electorate (myself included) saw him as a moderate Democrat who would normalize some things in the country and act as a hedge against the party’s progressive wing. He wasn’t elected to be a “transformational” president, no matter how many times Democrats said it or liked to believe it to align with their preferred direction of the country. Remember that although Biden won by a large margin, the Republicans gained seats in Congress, and would have retained a majority in the Senate, had it not been for President Trump’s silly lie, and gained the positions and governorships of states. Aside from the president, the Republicans “won” the 2020 election. It was not a national call to fundamentally change the relationship between government and society.
2. Again, no matter how many times Democrats say it, their agenda is actually not that popular. Yes, if you ask someone “Should the government provide a free community college?” or “Should the government pay for childcare for all children?” , will make the vast majority of people say yes. But this does not pose a complete question as to what is being proposed. Do you really think that if what the people collectively wanted was for the Build Better Plan to become, in its entirety, law, their reaction to legislative disruption would be to elect Republicans united in opposition to it? No.
3. Regarding your comments about the CRT – Atlantic OceanYasha Monk’s article “You Can’t Win an Election By Telling Voters Their Fears Are Fancy” by Yasha Monk, illustrates the problem with this line of thinking much better than I can.
In short, other than your view that Democrats are likely to lose control of at least one house of Congress in 2022 no matter what they do, to pretend that what happened in Virginia and New Jersey should not serve as a wake-up call for Democrats. Across the country is not true. It’s telling yourself what you want to hear rather than telling yourself what you want to hear. If you don’t want Donald Trump to return to the White House in 2024, Democrats need to quickly change course.
Steve S, Orlando
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