Prior to the last presidential election, Democrats tried to disparage Republicans by castigating them and accusing them of being the elite and the disgusting “rich” in our midst.
After President Trump won the election, they have changed their tune, and now Republicans — Trump voters — are the uneducated ignorant working class who elected him citizen president. As for myself, I work a lot and I have money. So, what does that make me? A Democrat? Oh, Lord, please let it not be so.
LOUISE MORSE, AUSTIN
While I am appalled at the Trump administration border policy, I can at least empathize with white folks concerned about the rapid demographic changes. Denying asylum to refugees fleeing torture and death at home will not stop those changes, however; people of color already here, citizens and legal immigrants alike, guarantee that. Even worse: White birth rates are falling, and in 26 of 50 states, deaths already outnumber births. Kick out all nonwhites, and no one will be left to support us whites in our old age.
I believe the major reason for falling birth rates is the prohibitive cost for families to rear middle-class children, including college costs. The path to reversing those statistics is for the government to help with better parenting and sick leave, better health care and support for public education, including college — at least back to the levels we had in the ’50s and ’60s.
GARY BENNETT, AUSTIN
Laura Bush might be a Democrat.
Trump blames Democrats for problems he’s created at the border. Bush spoke out about separating children from parents, comparing this to Japanese-American camps of World War II. Many refer to them incorrectly as “Japanese camps.”
My wife is Japanese-American. Her mom and sister, born in California, were separated from her father and put in various internment camps. My wife’s sister did not have a father for two and a half years.
I went to summer camp as a kid. Mine was not fenced off.
The New York Times ran an article about Andover High School’s yearbook that included the quote, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they believe it.” I thought this was a student’s comment about our president; I discovered it’s frequently attributed to Adolf Hitler or Joseph Goebbels.
It’s easy to make ignorant, racist comments — but it’s not what makes America great.
CHRIS BUTLER, AUSTIN
The people currently arriving from other countries at our border are not U.S. citizens born and raised in the U.S.
The Japanese and Japanese-American internees in 1942 were not trying to enter the U.S. without prior authorization. The Japanese in the U.S. in 1942 who were not U.S. citizens were nonetheless here lawfully. They followed all governmental procedures. The Japanese and Japanese-Americans have respected U.S. law. Virtually all the Japanese-Americans cooperated with the War Relocation Authority in 1942. After the Gentlemen’s Agreement of 1907, the Japanese government limited its issuance of passports to the U.S. with few exceptions such to join family members already in the U.S. After 1908, many Japanese migrated to Brazil and other places in Latin America.
ARTHUR SAKAMOTO, AUSTIN
Trump has a disdain for anyone opposing him and cannot relate to families seeking a better life. Voters selected poorly. Now, voters must select wisely.
Trump exhibits a disorder of bullying and lying. He seeks constant approval and wants Americans to rise and salute him. Beware of a military parade with armed troops and tanks.
His policies lack plans and logic, such as a Space Force when we have NASA. Trump should modify the E-Verify law and withholding funds from states that do not use the E-Verify system. The U.S. needs to go to the Organization of American States and Central American nations with wall funds to combat MS-13 and the drug trade. No wall has ever stopped a people — not the Great Wall nor Berlin Wall.
PAUL GARZA, AUSTIN
Again, the Republicans turn our attention away from the disaster that is the Republican president and administration and away from the Republican Congress now writing legislation that will harm millions of Americans.
Only this time, the distracting ploy is an act that caused or seriously exacerbated a major humanitarian crisis: families suffering on our borders, an intentional act cruel with no plan, and, worse, no understanding of how to effectively reunite the families.
Some of the children may never be reunited with their parents. Some parents have already been deported. There was no plan on how to reunite the families.
I can see and hear the Statue of Liberty weeping.
MARY PATRICK, AUSTIN