In response to Sanderson's Smith's letter “The Dems have it wrong” (CVN, Vol. 25, No. 52): We are not fine and the Dems have it right. A majority of Americans are living under a constant cloud of anxiety and anger because of the occupant in the White House and his Republican sycophants in Congress. Hate crimes have increased 216 percent in every city Trump has had one of his bone chillingly ignorant, anti-Semitic, xenophobic and vile rallies.
Beto O'Rourke's comments about the racist origins of this country were accurate and necessary to discuss in order for all of us to actually live up to the ideals of this country. Elizabeth's Warren's wealth tax is supported by world class economists and constitutional scholars. The richest top 0.1 percent of Americans have seen their total wealth increase astronomically from the 1970s to 2016, while the bottom 90 percent have seen their wealth decrease. A tax on billionaires is not fantasyland math. It is necessary to correct the increased economic inequality this country is facing.
And finally, climate change is real and the Democrats are the only ones that actually have a plan to try to improve the devastation of the fossil-fuel based world in which we live. It is fantasyland to deny this fact. The thousands of young people who marched on Sept. 20 know this and they should be supported and applauded. We are fortunate to have a thoughtful, intellectual, patriotic group of Democratic candidates running for president. We need them to win in 2020 or our fragile democracy could cease to exist.