Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on McConnell, Pelosi, capitalism and both sides working for the common good

Mitch McConnell, left, and Nancy Pelosi, right.
Mitch McConnell, left, and Nancy Pelosi, right. Associated Press file photos

Ditch Mitch 2020

I watched Sen. Mitch McConnell lie on the news, blaming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for the government shutdown. I wonder if McConnell has forgotten that he was voted into office to help solve our problems and take care of our needs, not to cower down to a disgraceful president. McConnell and his fellow Republicans have broken every ethics rules of government with the nepotism in the White House.

Folks, just about every Republican member of Congress who is up for election in 2020 is siding with the president, even if the president is wrong, because they do not want to lose their jobs. Kentucky doesn’t need a greedy, weak, lying senator like McConnell to represent us. We need someone who will stand up to our president and tell him we will not be bullied or threatened by his authoritarian leadership.

McConnell has been a disgrace to Kentucky for the past 34 years. It’s time for him to go. Let’s ditch Mitch in 2020.

Pete Herrera, Van Lear

Engage diversity

When he put Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s name in nomination for speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said Pelosi was a “voice for the voiceless.” I cannot think of any Republican currently serving in the House or Senate about whom one could say that. And obviously, President Donald Trump is not a spokesperson who advocates for America’s huge marginalized population.

My observations over the past 55 or so years have led me to believe our imperfect Democratic legislators today are far better than their Republican counterparts in speaking up for and promoting policies which benefit the voiceless. The United States is a society made up of diverse groups. It is so evident the GOP, now the party of Trump, is predominantly a white people’s party that caters to the rich and unjustly tries to win elections by suppressing the votes of people of color and poor people.

We could be a great nation if our political parties were more diverse in their makeup and competed justly for the support of diverse groups. Shouldn’t all lawmakers of both parties be working for the common good?

Paul L. Whiteley Sr., Louisville

What Dems want

You’ve probably heard some talk of socialism by a few blue-state Democrats with unsophisticated views of economics. When asked to explain, however, they describe something different.

Bear in mind that socialism was traditionally about public ownership of essential industries. But these non-sophisticates say that is not what they want. What they really want, they say, is a renewal of public purpose, which happens to sound an awful lot like democratic capitalism. What’s that, you might ask? Crony capitalism is the only kind of capitalism many people know today thanks to the cynical efforts of the Republican Party.

It’s gotten very hard for younger Americans to conceive of capitalism without unbridled greed and economic inequality. Others remember that our country applied a different kind of capitalism from the New Deal until the early ’80s. That period is known as the “Golden Age of Capitalism.” In the United States, some called it New Deal capitalism. Globally, it was known as “democratic capitalism” — a free-enterprise economy regulated by the democratic process.

Today, democratic capitalism is the legacy of the Democratic Party and that is what almost all Democrats want.

Tom Louderback, Louisville