Letter To The Editor: This Is Not A Democrat Or Republican Thing … It’s An American Thing!

By PHIL EWING
Albuquerque

I read with interest the opinion articles written by Anissa Tinnin (link) and Juan Jose Gonzales (link)  and came to realize (as most of us have) that we are very much a polarized and partisan nation.

We have become very isolated in our lives and politics. As President John F. Kennedy once said: “For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

The Republican Party of today is not the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, or Eisenhower. These Presidents’ had compassion and put their country before themselves. The Republican Party was formed as a political party that was against slavery in America during the Lincoln era.

President Teddy Roosevelt was known as “Teddy the Trust Buster” because he did not want large monopolies dictating the economy in our country but rather promoting a free enterprise system.

President Eisenhower envisioned and created the interstate highway system in America.  

Yet, Anissa Tinnin insists that progressives or as some may say, liberals, will destroy traditional New Mexico values. We all know that Democrats and Republicans alike want to promote these values and not destroy them.

Instilling fear into people is not the answer but rather solving problems through cooperation is the best way to move forward.

This is not a Democrat or Republican thing, it’s an American thing! Together and I mean together, we CAN solve the problems of today! … And once again, as President John F. Kennedy said, “If you mean by liberal someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of people—their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties. If that is what they mean by liberal, then I am proud to be a liberal.”

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