Thursday, January 23, 2014
This is in regard to Greg Sterling’s letter, “Throw the progressive bums out.”,
Like Greg, “ ... I have read many letters lately filled with hateful, intolerant and mean spirited statements ...”
But this is where I must part company with Greg. He seems to equate progressives with liberals and Democrats together as if they are all the same thing. I see them quite differently from the perspective of a person born on Dec. 6, 1941, one day before the Japanese military launched an unexpected attack on Pearl Harbor and the many vessels in port that day.
My father lost a cousin on the USS Arizona. My father-in-law was drafted from his college and was sent from training base to training base, with his young wife accompanying him when she could until he was sent to the South Pacific to serve as a combat medic.
So what was the political scene in Washington, D. C.?
While the Republicans and Democrats continued to differ, sometimes politely in smaller matters, they put these aside when it came to war matters. President Roosevelt had a Republican opponent each of the four times he ran.
The same cooperative attitude was generally true for liberals and conservatives and they all operated under the title “progressives,” not of either faction but for the country first. And that is where I stand now, with fellow progressives who find both parties filled with greed and desire to remain in office ahead of all other issues.
Progressives can be of either party, liberal or conservative, as long as they subscribe to an upright moral code and are respectful of differing opinions. Shouting, bullying and calling names should not be tolerated.
Decisions about policy should be made only after careful study, and group consensus modeled on the League of Women Voters or the current Walla Walla Community Coalition.
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a widely popular Republican whom I believe has been around too long. I have examined her record in detail. She is closely identified with the tea-party faction of the Republican Party, not a group that believes in compromise or in moderation.
I hope the readers of this letter find it helpful in distinguishing between Republicans and conservatives and between radicals, progressives and Democrats as the terms are used in the United States.