Policies are what should matter
Why do supporters of Trump follow his lead, smearing opponents with bugaboo labels like “Socialism” and “Communism?”
Why not spend the time to differentiate Trump’s known policies from Biden’s promised policies? “Kamala Harris is snuggly ensconced with the radical socialists who have taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives” tells us nothing about policy at all.
I could just as easily say that Trump is snuggly ensconced with the dictators of two Communist states, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. By extension, therefore, he must be a Communist. But we know that isn’t true. At least, I’m pretty sure.
Rather, I think Trump is attracted to tyrants and despots because he fantasizes having that kind of power. But, what I think about Trump isn’t important, either. What should matter to all voters is the policies of both and how we each perceive those policies align to our needs.
Rich Ragland, Koloa
Reach out with our words, not swords
“Radical Socialism references Marx’s awesome skateboarding skills” — internet wag. An opinion letter to the editor on Sept. 30 gave me pause. It claimed “…(VP candidate Kamala) Harris is snuggly(sic) ensconced with the radical socialists who have taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives.”
I am reminded of conversations that took place in 2010 with Joan Blades — co-founder of MoveOn.org, and Mark Meckler — cofounder of the Tea Party Patriots. They each brought two of their compatriots together to discover where they align on issues. They found agreement on 90% of the issues they discussed. He has stated “language really matters,” and she has said “If I am open and listening, some solutions will emerge.” They founded the nonprofit organization “Living Room Conversations” (.org) in 2010 as a result of the transpartisan partnership focused on bridging divides through conversation. Their friendship reminds me of the relationship the late Justices Scalia and Ginsburg enjoyed.
So, who benefits from the discord sown by enemies foreign and domestic and various media pundits like Limbaugh? We’re the UNITED States of America. Let’s reach out to each other with our words, not swords, for understanding. Cui bono?
Susan Oakley, Wailua Homesteads