Regarding “Rare breed” editorial (Page X, Monday), perhaps the Democratic Party should reflect on the last 10 years and most especially the past eight. The Dems have pretty much written off the white, blue-collar worker as a viable constituency and has amplified its strategy of compartmentalizing voters into specific groups, such as the LGBTQ, Latinos, African-Americans and any anti-establishment group that might produce a voting bloc and attack conservatives and whites.
I’m not saying the Republicans don’t have their problems, but they tend to not be as sold on socialistic governing styles as the Democrats.
We have a two-party system, but one party votes nearly in lockstep, and there is no individuality. If you are a Democrat and you stray from the party line you are taken to the woodshed and straightened out or forced out.
The Republicans on the other hand don’t wield that kind of power over their members. Even though Texas has oneparty rule, there are individual thoughts and ideas brought to the table.
James Connealy, Baytown Out of touch
The Texas Democrats have nobody to blame but themselves if they think they are about to go extinct. One knows that it’s the Texas voters who put the Republicans in power because they are providing what the voters want from government.
The Democrats need to review their positions on the key issues. The warning about the potential disappearance of a two-party system in Texas cannot be unhealthy if one of the parties is not willing to keep up with what the voters want from their elected officials.
Being out of touch on the issues has put the Texas Democrats on the verge of extinction — nothing else.
Robert M. Louie, Houston Too far left
It might be pointed out that your editorial bemoaning the lack of winnable Democratic candidates is a reflection of what the party stands for and the quality of the people running.
The further the party drifts to the left, the less likely this situation will be remedied.
The same situation in reverse is present in New York and California, but the editorial fails to point out how unhealthy that is also.
Doug Forshagen, Houston