I read with interest the letter from the group of Russian immigrants who came to this country in the latter part of the last century whom we welcomed with open arms back then. It was interesting to read their accounts of living in the Soviet Union and other places.
However, implying that Democrats would lead us to that kind of government is absurd. These folks who have been in this country for 20, 30 or 40 years, apparently have never learned what America is about. The issue, where they lived in the Soviet Union, was not the socialism part of it – it was that they were living under an authoritarian dictatorship with no freedom of speech, assembly or worship.
What they’re calling socialism here in the USA we Democrats call public schools, public libraries, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food assistance for poor people and so on. We believe in caring for our fellow humans. We believe healthcare is a human right. We believe in science and we believe in Tikkun Olam.
Trump and his supporters believe that everyone is in it for themselves. Let the chips fall as they may. Worse, Trump acts more like a fascist authoritarian dictator than a president. He embraces people that are like the people that the letter warned us about: Putin, Xi, Kim, Erdogan … His rallies are reminiscent of Hitler’s. He lies and is damaging our democracy.
Ronald Lamkin, Marblehead