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Letter: I am a patriotic Democrat

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

I take issue with the statement "the Democratic Party has been taken over by a socialist regime that has no patriotism and no respect for our Constitution" ("This election is for freedom," Aug. 23 Readers Write). The writers go on to claim Democrats practice anti-American politics.

This kind of divisive language is unsuited for civil discourse. These are not the words of thinking Americans; they are simply the parroting of far-right Republican rhetoric, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Thinking Americans read and study, ask questions and learn the truth about candidates’ claims.

Patriotic Democrats are not socialists because we care about our fellow human beings and wish to ease their circumstances. Far-right conservatives use "socialism" to disparage government programs that help the poor, the elderly, the handicapped, and those who have lost jobs through no fault of their own. These programs are not socialism; they are the American wa...

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