Power pol­i­tics

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Group think

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

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