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Look at history

Editor:

I have said it before and I will say it again. The Democratic Party has been hijacked by progressives.

Every Democratic candidate running for president is a progressive. The overwhelming majority of current Democratic senators, as well as the vast majority of Democratic House members, are also progressives. Good old-fashioned patriotic liberal Democrats like Tip O’Neill and Jack Kennedy are gone forever.

It is critically important to understand that the difference between progressives, socialists and communists is only a matter of degree. Got that? It’s only a matter of degree. All three believe in total government control over the populace. All three will exercise strong police presence to stay in power, if necessary. All three will jail opponents, if necessary.

There can never be reconciliation between Pelosi and Trump because Pelosi and her progressives do not love America. They are working to overthrow our Republic and replacing it with a dictatorship.

Essentially, they see America as a rogue state, in which everything must be destroyed and remade, including our laws, our institutions and our values. If the progressives are successful, America the land of the free and home of the brave will no longer exist. That fact should infuriate every American citizen and motivate them to vote every progressive out of office. 

To all you millennials who are in love with socialism because you don’t want to pay off your student loan, better look at history and be damn careful what you wish for.

Socialism destroys the human spirit. It has always been an economic and political disaster everywhere it has ever been imposed on the people.

Too many American soldiers have died in too many wars to preserve our magnificent country! “We the people” are not going to betray their sacrifices by surrendering the republic to a bunch of progressive anarchists. Not today! Not tomorrow! Not ever!

Roy Azzarello

Goodyear

Why party trumps person

Editor:

OK, I get it. Everyone on the left and more than a few on the right can’t stand President Trump’s style. Actually, I’m one of them. I cringe at many of his tweets and I’m appalled at the ones that are downright cruel. That said I could never bring myself to vote for a Democrat, and here’s why.

For better or worse, our political system and elections are dominated by the two parties. In our constitutional republic, coalitions are formed first, prior to elections, as opposed to Europe’s multiparty, parliamentary democracies where coalitions are formed after elections.

The Republican coalition includes middle-income and upper-income taxpayers, individuals who prefer limited government and believe in individual rights, pro-market and pro-business forces, citizens who believe in a strong national defense and American exceptionalism. It also includes social conservatives, evangelicals and supporters of traditional American values.

The Democrat coalition is made up of collectivists, labor unions, government workers, academics, plaintiffs-lawyers, wealthy Silicon Valley types, lower-income and middle-income net tax receivers, minorities, feminists, radical environmentalists, gays, and activists for anti-capital, anti-business, anti-military, anti-gun, one-world causes.

Regardless of the individual elected, the coalition will be served. This is particularly true because after an election when the new members of Congress are seated, a nose count is taken in the House and the Senate. The majority party receives all the “perks” of victory, including control of all committee and subcommittee chairmanships and the associated budgets which represent the source of legislative power.

So, for example, suppose you’re a moderate or liberal Republican in Arizona who generally prefers the Republican philosophy of government, but believe yourself to be fair-minded and think that the Democrat Senate nominee is an “independent voice” and you vote for them. Let’s say they’re elected and it results in giving the Democrats a majority in the U.S. Senate.

Congratulations! You just got Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin, as key committee chairmen and Chuck Schumer as majority leader. You’ve guaranteed that the Republican agenda or any conservative policies will be stymied and you better get prepared for an avalanche of new social programs and associated increases in spending, regulations and taxes—not to mention a continuing endless stream of investigations if Trump is still the president.

Like it or not, this will be the result. There are no other possibilities. You need look no further than the current House of Representatives led by Speaker Pelosi for proof of this…it’s axiomatic. Or more importantly at the recent Senate vote on the impeachment of the president. Although, thought to be somewhat independent, both Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted the Democrat party line to convict.

It’s not practical for every voter to have his or her own custom-tailored political party with a perfect, matching candidate. Therefore, party trumps person. Winning elections is not just important, it’s paramount! And having candidates from the party whose coalition you agree with in the majority is the key to advancing that agenda.

Chris Golding

Goodyear