Re: Aug. 8 article, “Greg Abbott tweets bogus Winston Churchill quotation about anti-fascists.”
Instead of misattributing a quote to Winston Churchill, perhaps Gov. Greg Abbott should have posted: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross,” a quote often erroneously attributed to Sinclair Lewis.
Either way, considering the state of Texas politics, it seems more relevant than, “The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.”
TOM BESSON, ELGIN
Gov. Greg Abbott’s citation of a quote mistakenly attributed to Winston Churchill as a reason for disliking antifa — the quote being, “The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.” — demands rebuttal.
The catalyst for the rise of the antifa movement was the crimes of fascists against those who cannot defend themselves. It is not surprising that a modern conservative like Abbott cannot accept this, because if he did, he would also have to accept that the catalyst for the rise of socialism was centuries of social and political crimes committed by conservatives in the divine-right monarchies.
The indiscriminate violence of antifa and the economic mistakes of socialism exist only because of the provoking crimes of conservatism. Since neither socialism nor antifa could exist in a political vacuum, their flaws do not excuse the pre-existing crimes of conservatism.
Abbott is trying to use Orwellian doublespeak to mask conservatism’s criminal legacy and his own indifference to those crimes.
CLIFTON SMITH, AUSTIN
Re: Aug. 9 article, “Texas asks judge to discontinue DACA.”
Ken Paxton keeps trying to kick Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals people out of Texas.
One might wonder who the other young workers are who will take their place, especially in Austin’s booming job market. The story says “the state of Texas” wants them deported. Guess that means an older white dude pursuing his own vision of the state’s ideal demographic makeup, because most Texans support DACA, as found by a University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. But go ahead and try to round up young college students with family and friends living here.
The hue and cry following the GOP “zero tolerance” nightmare should tell you how that’s going to go: Take kids from their mothers, and send lifelong Texas residents to holding camps. Paxton’s obtuseness about political realities, as well as his upcoming securities fraud trial, will topple him from Texas politics. It can’t happen soon enough.
LAURA BROWN, AUSTIN
Re: Aug. 10 commentary, “Colleges are at forefront of attack on American values.”
Walter E. Williams’ editorial is disturbing for the conclusions and generalizations he draws so baselessly:
• “The nation’s colleges have become a force for evil.”
• “Contempt for the First Amendment … is probably shared by the students’ high school teachers.”
• “Brainwashing and indoctrination of young people has produced some predictable results.”
For Walter, there is “little question that colleges stand at the forefront of an attack on America and Western values.” Surely, you can find a “conservative” columnist whose reasoning ability is more developed and worthy of the readers’ time.
PAUL O. RADDE, AUSTIN
Re: Aug. 11 letter to the editor, “Obama had his honorific; Trump deserves same.”
I have yet to meet or read of anyone who was “forced” to refer to Barack Obama as “President Obama or “Mr. Obama.”
Using the title of “president” when referring to a current president is demonstrating the proper respect for the office rather than the man in office — antics notwithstanding.
Just as a person in the military salutes a higher rank, it’s a sign of respect for the rank. Whether one likes or respects the man is irrelevant.
GEORGE HUGHES, CONROE
It has been a year since a group of white supremacists and neo-Nazis turned Charlottesville, Va., a picturesque college town, into a racist battlefield.
Americans watched in horror as Unite the Right clashed with local protesters, and a neo-Nazi plowed his car into a group of protesters, killing Heather Heyer. But most memorable was the when President Trump declared that there were “very fine people on both sides.”
Trump, in that hour, showed his true colors as a bigot and racist. Since then, he has declared war on African-American athletes, torn infants from their mother’s breasts, and stood by while Puerto Ricans died after Hurricane Maria.
Racism has no place in the Oval Office. If Charlottesville left a bad taste in your mouth, you have a recourse this November: Vote to remove this scourge from office permanently.
FARIDA KHAN, AUSTIN