In response to the letter by Mr. Ralph Rivera published in the Roswell Daily Record on Tuesday, Aug. 6, I would like to offer the following thoughts.
Mr. Rivera seems to have a deep dislike of moderate Republicans, and of all Democrats. While I do respect his right to voice his opinions, I do question the validity of some of his statements.
The Republican Party is very divided with several very different ideologies trying to define the platform. Since President Reagan they have not had a real base, but instead a platform trying to cater to the extreme political right, to the wealthy and to the religious right. In the process they are excluding the longtime faithful, moderate Republicans who have always been the backbone of the party. It is sad but according to a recent news article the number of registered Republicans is only slightly over 20 percent of all registered voters with the number steadily declining.
I would think Mr. Rivera’s views would suggest he probably fits into the political right segment of the party. This is a group with few clear positive solutions to any of the problems facing our nation. Their economic policies have proven many times in the past to be counterproductive to any real growth in our nation’s economy, and are designed for the benefit of the wealthy at the expense of the middle and lower income brackets. Their social views, for the most part, are regressive. They seemingly are against any policies designed to move our nation forward, and in welfare and education they would actually take us back to the late 19th century.
The wealthy segment of the GOP is really in control of the party. I think this group would willingly relegate our nation to the status of Mexico with two main classes, the very rich and the very poor. They seem to believe raising the income taxes and raising the minimum wage is somehow a redistribution of wealth from the wealthy to the poor. In reality the wealth redistribution has been just the opposite. Today the top 20 percent own 87.7 percent of the nation’s total wealth while the lower 80 percent own only 12.3 percent. This is the greatest disparity in wealth distribution since the 1920s prior to the Great Depression.
While everyone should follow their own religious beliefs, the extreme religious right who teach hate in the name of God are scary. I can’t believe God hates gays, Muslims or anybody else. I believe God is love, and is not capable of hate in any form. Sadly, I fear many of this group would like to establish a theocracy which would do more longterm damage to our nation than all the failed economic policies of the Republican Party.
In my adult life there have been only two presidents who have made a significant reduction in federal spending, President Clinton and President Obama. In the past 30 years conservative Republicans have been responsible for a 1,600 percent increase in our national debt. Mr. Rivera, I would respectfully disagree with your opinions regarding moderate Republicans and Democrats. I think in order to move our country forward, both economically and socially, we desperately need much more moderation from both parties.