We constantly hear of partisanship in politics today. This is a misuse of the word.
Partisanship was when the two major parties were nonideological. Today, the divisions are ideological, not partisan. Using the word “partisan” cheapens our discourse and reinforces the “mainstream” — another outdated word — idea that our political differences are not fundamental.
We must use words carefully. They have real meaning, and using “ideological” instead of “partisan” would clarify what we are doing today in politics.
TOM CUDDY, AUSTIN
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wants to ax Obamacare. Paxton claims to be a Christian conservative. I say it’s not Christian or conservative to deprive hundreds of thousands of their medical coverage with no good replacement.
Christianity is “love thy neighbor,” and conservative is “preserve the tried and true.” Paxton has great health insurance, but his attitude and actions say, “I’ve got mine, and to hell with you.”
I am 91 and can’t walk — and without Medicare and hospice, I would be dead in my bed or on the street. Paxton should remember who he is supposed to serve, not just those who give him money.
HERMAN MORRIS, PLANO
Saudi Arabia and its allies have launched a bombing campaign against Yemen, its poor neighbor in the south, beginning in 2015, with the aim to topple the current government and bring back to power the deposed pro-Saudi ruler. So far, there have been more than 15,000 civilian casualties. Many have been killed in unlawful coalition airstrikes that have hit hospitals, markets, homes, schools and mosques.
Recently, a school bus was bombed, causing the deaths of scores of children. Saudi Naval blockade of Yemeni ports has caused a humanitarian crisis due to a shortage of food and medicines. Thousands are afflicted with or have died of cholera. The United Nations has described it as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. Not much has been done to resolve the conflict peacefully. The media has given only scant coverage. The conflict has no military solution. Political dialogue and recognition of Yemen as a sovereign nation will help end the conflict.
SYED AKHTAR, AUSTIN
There is an evident pall over the once gleeful Democratic Party.
Hillary Clinton had seemed as sure a thing as Casey at the bat hitting a triumphant home run.
But, with sour faces, that gleeful gang within 10 seconds of the opening of the Senate hearings for President Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh began its first of 63 interruptions to the proceeding, while their angry supporters had to be arrested and removed.
Last year, a politically minded comedian displayed her humor by holding up a bloody, severed head resembling President Trump. Declaring that Trump is a bigoted idiot is now what late-night show hosts use as their opening monologue “humor.”
It is clear there has been no joy in Democratville since the night that mighty Clinton struck out.
LARRY VOLKENING, HOUSTON
Re: Sept. 1 letter to the editor, “Trump was wrong about brave McCain.”
Amazing. The writer ruminates on the bravery and sacrifice John McCain made to this country, then goes on to show the cowardly dereliction of President Trump. Yes, he raked Trump over the hot coals very accurately — but he went on to say he would still vote for a lying coward of a man who dodged the military draft.
The justification for his abstruse statement is “because the Democratic Party has become the party of socialism and treason.” I can confidently say that the writer needs to educate himself on the many uses of the word “socialism” and its many applications and misuses, too. No doubt, he would like to get rid of the Democratic Party. But then it would be a one-party government. Isn’t that Communism?
ROBERT WHITE, ROUND ROCK
Thank you, Cory Booker, for being courageous enough to stand up for what is right by threatening to release the Brett Kavanaugh emails that the Republicans did not want the American people to see. These emails would clarify Kavanaugh’s position on many issues that he refused to discuss during his confirmation hearings.
Finally, we have a person with principles who is willing to risk his political career by making information public that the citizens of this country have a right to know.
It’s a shame that not a single Republican, Cornyn among them, has had the guts or will to put the interests of the country ahead of their own political ambitions. As our so-called president loves to say, it’s disgraceful and un-American.
TED DUCOTE, AUSTIN