Opinion | The Challenges Faced by the Democrats

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To the Editor:

Re “A Woke-Up Call for Democrats,” by Maureen Dowd (column, Nov. 7):

Ms. Dowd is ignoring what the president and the Democratic Party are up against in trying to save America from disaster.

On the one hand, we have a truly inclusive, diverse and truth-telling Democratic Party that struggles to achieve a policy consensus on extraordinarily complex issues. On the other, we have a monolithic, largely wealthy, white-male-dominated, authoritarian Republican Party that has coalesced around the Big Lie, white supremacy and voter suppression (among other things).

On the one hand, we have Democrats trying to arrive at rational policies (based on actual analyses of facts) to invest in the country’s people and infrastructure, and climate change mitigation, and pay for it with modest tax increases on corporations and wealthy people. On the other, we have Republicans doing everything possible to undermine President Biden with propaganda claiming that Democrats are socialists who want to increase the deficit (forgetting what Donald Trump’s tax plan accomplished), and control what we think and teach.

On the one hand, we have a president who is struggling to get a deadly pandemic under control with sensible vaccine and mask mandates. On the other, we have Republicans using disinformation, lawsuits and other maneuvers to stop these efforts and prolong the pandemic — and then having the audacity to criticize the president as incompetent and feckless.

Is Mr. Biden really not “up to the job,” or are Republican lies, distortions and authoritarian propaganda making his job almost impossible? Is Ms. Dowd’s plea that Mr. Biden needs “to become a much better salesman” more important than being an honest statesman?

Steven A. Silber
Philadelphia

To the Editor:

I’m afraid that progressives tried to bend the moral arc of the universe so hard that they broke it. Their goals for doing so were worthy, but the messages voters got were all wrong. Next time, I hope both progressives and “moderates” (using the term lightly) will hash out their differences more behind closed doors instead of in public.

Merilee Griffin
Haslett, Mich.

To the Editor:

After four years of this country’s flirtation with authoritarianism, I think Maureen Dowd forgot that democracy is messy. Yes, this is what it looks like when the party in power considers different points of views, achieves compromise, values people over corporations and is not in lock-step with a wannabe dictator.

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