Republicans see future for W.Va.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The July 22 editorial, "U.S. Senate: Strong Democrat needed," badly misjudges the needs of West Virginians. It contemptuously dismisses red states as "rural, aging, less-diverse, less-developed, less-educated, lower-income" (as Jesus said, "first take the log out of your own eye"), and suggests that West Virginians need to embrace the Democratic Party with renewed fervor in order to differentiate ourselves from conservative America.
Here's the problem: WV has, with rare exceptions, been a de facto single-party Democratic state for almost 80 years -- and that party has saddled us with antiquated statist policies that have kept us underdeveloped and marginalized. Far from being the hickish backwaters that the editorial rants against, Republican-led states are taking the lead in creating innovative policies to increase prosperity for American workers and citizens, while ensuring that our country remains competitive in the new century.
While blue state bastions like New York and California (and, until recently, West Virginia, too) suffer from crippling unemployment, out of control costs of living, crime epidemics and general decay, the red states -- like Texas, Arizona, Georgia, and Florida -- have become the new economic drivers of the nation. West Virginia's past belongs to the Democrats, but only the Republicans offer a future.
What happened to Democratic values?
I read with interest the exhortation of your editor who laments the sad state of affairs of the Democratic Party in West Virginia: a party which cannot seem to find a bold and significant Democrat with traditional and humane Democrat values to challenge Shelly Moore Capito in the U.S. Senate race. I came into the Gazette newsroom 60 years to the day of the attack on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba, and I gave you my resume. I am a retired D.C. bicycle messenger who is not afraid to ride the Whitehurst Freeway or call out our nation's leaders on their gunboat diplomacy in Latin America or their group think when it comes to the issue of Palestine. I call for the end of the blockade of Cuba and for the evacuation of the Guatanamo Naval base, as well as for a moratorium on Washington meddling in the internal and foreign affairs of our neighbors to the south.
Is this bold enough for your editor? Was the Good Neighbor Policy just a ploy, or is it an actual Democratic ideal? While we are on the topic, prior remarks to Congress by the outgoing Secretary of "Homeland Security" struck me as deeply disturbing. No human being can be illegal. I always thought that the Salvadoran children I tutored were human beings. Funny me.
I am in the process of developing a multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-prong attack. The nation is rife with kangaroo courts from FISA to Sanford, Fla., to the Kanawha County Mental Hygiene Commission, and to a Supreme Court, which has devolved into nothing more than a reincarnation of the Tanney Court of yesteryears' slavocracy. A racist and homophobic Senate immigration bill and bipartisan food fights in Congress are an embarrassment to this nation and the world. But the disenfranchised are fighting back. The sacrosanct DSM, the Bible of charlatans, is under attack here and across the Atlantic.