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The Commons
Voices / Letters from readers

Little beyond resentment of Trump, fondness for Democrats

Originally published in The Commons issue #406 (Wednesday, May 3, 2017).

RE: “Our post-election stress disorder” [Column, Mar. 22]:

Elayne Clift rightly laments “the fear of having a catastrophic health crisis, worrying about climate change, deregulation, deportations, the return to banking practices that brought this country to its knees, global instability, the possibility of war, rising hate crimes, the silencing of media, and much more.” But she very wrongly characterizes them as uniquely “Trumpian.”

All of these “stressors” have been steadily growing since Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton remade their respective parties to pursue neoliberal austerity at home and a neoconservative empire abroad.

These policies came into particular focus during the administration of George W. Bush and cruelly accelerated by Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton, whom Clift supported for the presidency in 2016, would have taken their dystopian vision even further.

So while it is easy to agree with Clift’s call to resist and persist, she herself is clearly committed to little beyond a personal resentment of Donald Trump and a fondness for Democrats, whose actual policies have been just as bad and often even worse.

Olaf Errwigge

Chapelizod, Ireland

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