A response from your liberal neighbor

Published: 11/2/2020 11:21:21 AM In the description of Democrats offered by a recent correspondent [Jan Norris, Oct. 31], I didn’t ...



Published: 11/2/2020 11:21:21 AM

In the description of Democrats offered by a recent correspondent [Jan Norris, Oct. 31], I didn’t recognize myself. Her letter reminded me of another dismal list offered up by a co-worker, in this case about Jews. When I told him that I was a Jew, the man’s jaw touched his shoe. He was surprised and in the end glad to learn what an actual Jew was like.

I would be delighted to begin a similar process with your correspondent, I hope she looks me up. But in the meantime, here are some views of real Democrats, or at least this one. First, I love America. Two parents might differ over whether to yank their child’s phone, but the child is loved by both.

Second, I believe that government should provide health insurance for its citizens. In believing so, I am not a socialist. Health insurance paid by the employer is an American quirk. In America, employers started picking up the health tab in the 1940s, driven by unionization and competition for workers. European countries, which are as capitalist as we are, pay health insurance for their citizens, who as a result are healthy and enjoy savings passed on to them by businesses spared paying for health insurance. Why is providing health insurance for each citizen a scary concept?

Third, my grandparents all immigrated to America. I believe America is stronger for their migration and for the journeys of many others. I am inspired by the words on the Statue of Liberty. You disagree; I wonder where your grandparents came from?

Finally, you claimed that your disdain of Democrats is a matter of policy. And yet, the Republicans wrote no platform this time around. Zero policies. Listen to the leader of the Republican Party, who gives speeches consisting entirely of attacks. Policies are absent. There was no policy with respect to winning a trade war with China, no policy for structured immigration (building a wall is not a policy) and certainly no policy for combating the virus killing Americans by the hundreds of thousands. If it is policy you want, please start talking with real Democrats. We have a plan for that.

Tobias Baskin

Amherst



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