Letters to the Editor
A Message To DemocratsAs thousands of Americans descend on Washington D.C. this weekend to protest the war in Iraq, thousands more in the Gulf Coast, including members of my own family, are growing more vocal in their broad criticism of the federal government. Still, the Bush administration is in denial, believing that it can continue to ignore the mounting resentment and anger. The American public, however, is beginning to recognize how deeply flawed Bush’s agenda is.
The Democratic Party has begun, hesitantly, to criticize Republican values and policies. More and more mainstream Democrats, both citizens and politicians, are saying that the war in Iraq was a mistake. Still, some Democratic Senators and members of Congress are flailing, uncertain whether the anti-war sentiment will continue to mount, uncertain how strongly to criticize a president who was so recently admired as an American hero.
Startling and exciting changes have occurred on our campus (and according to some, others across the country) in the last few months. Students who so recently dismissed government as ineffective and meddling are suddenly calling for progressive change. There is a distinct feeling in the air that something huge is about to happen.
Americans are craving strong leadership, and we must show them that Democrats can provide it. We must seize this opportunity to stake out a strong position that defines our values for America. The move-towards-the-center technique has been tried and has failed. (Kerry was deemed a flip-flopper while ultra-conservative Bush was “strong.”) We must show that we, too, are a party of values and compassion. Liberals, don’t be afraid to know your position and stick with it; we are the majority now.
As the weekend’s events come to a close, I pray that Democrats will not half-heartedly distance themselves from the Left. The Democratic Party must unite with the D.C. protestors, with the survivors of Katrina and Rita, and against the war in Iraq.
Claudia M. Gold ’07