Letter to the Editor

Robert Kennedy's elusive goal

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Dear Editor,

I find myself to be in an uncomfortable position---

If you are concerned and worried and fearful and scared of the secret right-wing conspiracy (led by the Kochs) to one day abolish all of the federal government social programs (especially Social Security) that help people, then you have to worry about who the President will be now and in the future. If s/he agrees with these extreme conservatives, the lower and middle classes will be at-risk and in danger.

As much as I dislike him, President Trump is really not one of them. He has no political beliefs or theory or philosophy or ideology that he believes in. But they do. And Vice-President Pence does. Pence is an extreme conservative and, in my opinion, is a Social Darwinist. It is actually safer for the lower and middle classes to have Trump remain in office and to be the Republican nominee in 2020 than a real Social Darwinist, like Pence, who the Kochs would love to see become the President.

And it bothers me that a lot of national Democrats don't seem to care about this conservative conspiracy because many of them are very well-off financially and will never need any help from these social programs while the rest of us do and will. Why aren't they exposing it and informing the American people about it? Are they afraid to?

Yet, Trump has already ruined our country with his hateful-talk, and I believe that it is too late for it ever to be repaired. The war between Republicans and Democrats will never soften. It actually seems to be getting more nasty and hateful. We will always see and treat each other as "the enemy."

It pains me to say that it looks like we will never achieve what Robert Kennedy hoped for and wished for when he said that "Our goal and task must be to tame the savageness of humankind and make gentle the life of this world."

This is very troubling.

At this point, we need a hero.


Stewart B. Epstein

Rochester, NY

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