| Naples Daily News
‘We are fighting a civil war’
Trump supporters are certain the U.S. vote count is crooked, resulting in a Biden win. Here in Florida, Biden supporters are accusing the Postal Service of deliberately failing to deliver ballots, resulting in a Trump win.
This is depressing. We are polarized, fighting a civil war. This level of distrust and division won’t help us resolve any of the issues we face.
I wish we could transcend the anger and distrust, and pose ways to talk respectfully. Can we listen to fears of creeping socialism, or fears of creeping fascism?
I vote democratic. I am not a socialist. I do support a healthy social safety network. For example, I support a health care system available and affordable for everyone, without breaking the federal budget. I think it would require tax dollars supplement people who can’t afford insurance; regulation of insurance companies so they provide standard and necessary health care; and regulation of drug companies and health care providers so they don’t overcharge insurers.
That solution wouldn’t be socialism; it would be regulated capitalism. Health care providers and drug companies would exist in the private sector, able to make profits.
We need to be able to discuss such options without labeling and demonizing each other.
Judy Freiberg, East Naples
Childish behavior ‘from top down’
When will the nonsense stop? I just watched video with opposing sides getting into each other’s faces, taunting and chanting, “You’re a racist.”
“No, you’re a racist”
Back and forth, shaking hands like first-graders.
I was embarrassed watching it. I hope their children see them on the news.
I’m a retired elementary counselor. All of them would have been marched into the principal’s office. Then, if they were lucky, they would have been sent to me for role-playing social skills rather than phone calls to parents. Unfortunately, parents would often rush to the defense of their children, so it was better if we handled it “in house.”
The consequence would be pairing opposing children. The conversation would be: Come up with a list of 10 things you have in common. This would continue for however many days it would take them. Parents would have to come and pick them up.
This behavior starts from the top down. How long would your boss last if he gave daily briefings to all staff with the rhetoric, virulent name-calling, false accusations, superlatives, bullying, dismissive, moral embarrassment that he who shall not be named continues to display to the world. Enough already.
Kathleen Peterson, Naples
Socialism accusations ‘exaggerated’
Pro-Trump letter writers seem united in their grossly exaggerated accusations of what a Biden administration will bring. I suspect much of that is from Fox News indoctrination.
One recent writer was “against socialism, in all its forms.” Is this person against Social Security, existing Medicare, public schools, libraries, police departments, fire departments, bank deposit insurance, farm subsidies, government-paid infrastructure, unemployment benefits, and COVID relief? Those are all socialistic in nature.
Socialistic programs for the betterment of society can co-exist with the democratic and capitalistic constitutional republic we have in America. Simply because we have them doesn’t mean our government will become anti-democratic totalitarian, as was the concern of another writer.
Biden’s plans include ways to help better the lives of Americans. Assuming he wins, we’ll see how much he can get accomplished with a Republican Senate.
Of course, the wealthy need less help and fewer of the above programs. However, to say, “I’ve already got what I need, and I don’t want to pay for government programs to benefit anyone else,” is the epitome of greed and selfishness. We’re all in this grand experiment in democracy together.
Dennis Rodgers, Fort Myers area
What lies ahead if Biden wins?
Assuming Biden becomes president, what will he do in the first 100 days that sets the agenda for the next four years? Much of it will depend on the outcome of the Senate elections, but here’s what spring 2021 could look like:
The media will allow Biden a large berth to navigate. No screams for impeachment from The Times or from Maxim Waters. And the phrase “Where is Hunter?” will fade like old paint.
If the tea leaves are correct, the first initiatives will be: DACA and immigration, COVID-19 mandates, tax reform, undoing our current economic and foreign policy and restarting the Paris Accord, Iran deal, dropping China tariffs, and soothing hurt feelings in the EU. And he must give The Squad some wins or they will revolt.
A vaccine will be approved and Biden will take credit for its speedy arrival and effectiveness.
All of the Durham and other investigations will fade from view.
Trump will write a book, appear everywhere and keep the kettle boiling. He may even start his own podcast, network or social platform — TRUMPWORLD!
Jack Holt, Cape Coral