When our democracy is threatened, we must act to protect it
The article“For Democrats, impeachment talk premature before election message” (Page A1, June 11) misconstrues today’s national political drama. It is true that the cruelty of planned revisions to our health care system represents the foreground of political debate today, as does so-called tax reform, the Muslim travel ban, threats to Planned Parenthood, immigrant deportation, weakened consumer finance protections, and a host of other far-right proposals under consideration. Inarguably, these present fodder for the 2018 elections.
But make no mistake: Today’s political context also concerns President Trump’s conflicts of interest, his apparent obstruction of justice, his fundamental incompetence to serve as our country’s president. These problems may be background for many today, but they have enormous long-term significance. There is no more pressing task than ensuring the integrity of the Constitution, an issue that should transcend politics.
It is our responsibility, regardless of political persuasion, to heighten awareness of the unconstitutional acts of the current administration and to make widely known the fundamental importance of their threat to our democracy.
With so much at stake, we can’t wait for GOP to draw the line
Re “For Democrats, impeachment talk premature before election”: Contrary to what some Democrats are saying, they should be pressing for President Trump’s impeachment now rather than holding back for fear of being branded elitist. Trump is obviously incapable of managing US foreign affairs (including the nuclear codes) in a responsible manner. We cannot afford to wait for the Republicans in Congress to realize that there is much more at stake than their political careers.
Trump has shown that he wants to run his real estate business and the United States simultaneously, and he appears to have questionable ties to Russian oligarchs. He has failed to put in place a capable administration, and he has failed to send any coherent legislative measures to Congress.
Because of his ignorance of US and world history, he is quite capable of destroying the world order that was built up after World War II. If the Republicans want to see their party turned into a Trumpian game show, that’s their business. But the Democrats ought to do their best to defeat Vladimir Putin’s spies’ efforts to undermine the US role in world affairs.
The writer is a retired Foreign Service officer.
Key is for Democrats to develop positive, forward-thinking message
While it may be satisfying to clamor for impeachment proceedings, the Democrats would be much better served by developing a positive, future-oriented, bread-and-butter message that appeals to people both inside and outside the current base.
A strong package built around jobs, education, health care, the environment, and the economy would be both compelling and timely. It should aim to address needs in blue states and red states, in middle-class and low-income communities, and for displaced workers and for tomorrow’s up-and-coming workers. In short, it should aim to help people all across America.
For instance, a region-based skills-matching program that links future needs in the job market with the training programs offered in the employment and training system, the vocational education system, and the community colleges would make a lot of sense. Similarly, incentives for K-12 schools to equip students with the technology skills they will need to master the technology-rich jobs of tomorrow would also be appropriate.
A program like this might be called “A Fair Deal 2.0.” We need to have that kind of optimistic, future-focused spirit in place to help everyone everywhere move forward.