November 25, 2022

Let the GOP implode. We need a new political party.

Regarding “Editorial: Cheney chose America over herself. One American’s patriot is another’s pariah. (August 17): When you see Liz Cheney, who votes more than 90% of the time with her party, being excoriated and Marjorie Taylor Green praised, it’s easy to conclude that the current Republican Party is irredeemable. They have given up all credibility of being for democracy, freedom, the Constitution and even the truth.

It is important to see the historical arc of political parties and to realize that the Republican Party descended from many anti-slavery Whigs, whose party disappeared primarily for its support of slavery. The Democratic Party changed from a segregationist party in the South to a party that stood up for minorities and human rights. Since we do not have a parliamentary form of government, but rather a two-party system that requires both parties to compromise to accomplish the people’s business, it is extremely difficult to pass legislation when one party does not want than to torpedo what the other party is proposing.

I’ve long believed that when you strip away the rhetoric and address the core issues, there’s actually more consensus with voters than you might imagine. Since they can only choose party A or party B, they normally stay with their political affiliation, except for independents. What if there was a viable third party who was truly pragmatic and not dogmatic? And his goal was to propose meaningful change. Andrew Yang is currently exploring this option.

The current Republican Party must implode and allow the creation of a new political party. Kind of like 160 years ago. Unfortunately, there will undoubtedly be more disruption, unrest, instability and political paralysis until we get to that point.

William MirskyHouston

“Cheney chose America over re-election.” No, she chose her hatred of Donald Trump over America.

Jack Gaarder, Spring

Your op-ed gently slides toward condemnation of the Republican Party for various actions and opinions against the election of Joe Biden and other Democrats. For some reason, there’s no mention of the death threats against Supreme Court Justices, the shooting of Republicans at a charity baseball game, the lawless actions of protesters in Oregon, and countless other acts of violence across the country. A degree of balance would be nice.

David MorrisonConroe

I agree with your editorial on Liz Cheney’s role in our democracy. It may be she who will finally break the cycle of the Trump cult. If she runs for president in 2024, she can at least slow Trump down, hopefully enough for our democracy to recover.

Deb Zygmunt, Missouri City

Trump’s Question

On ‘Biden has the power to remove Trump’ (August 19): In Mr. Carter’s column, he essentially offered that Biden pardon Trump in return for a promise never to seek public office again.

On the face of it, that might seem like a reasonable response given the damage Mr. Trump has already done to the nation. But that’s just not the case.

First, Mr. Trump did not ask for a pardon; he doesn’t believe he did anything wrong. Such an action would be a slap in the face for those who seek equal justice under the law and those who have already pleaded guilty to other crimes in his administration. It would be a signal that there is no punishment for the worst of his many crimes. It would be further proof that the rich can get away with anything and it would further divide Americans on whether justice has been served.

There is a better way to handle this. Charge Trump with crimes on Jan. 6, including inciting a riot and aiding and abetting rioters, or other crimes he is charged with, such as fraud, conspiracy, obstruction to court, then start the plea bargain. Trump will never want to stand before a jury of ordinary people and let them decide whether he goes to jail or not. I think he’ll be more than willing to plea bargain.

Robert L. Fischer, Houston

On “Trump Supporters’ Threats to Judgment Raises Democracy Concerns” (August 17): I’m reading a book called “A Distant Mirror” by Barbara W. Tuchman. It is about 14th century Europe, particularly France. There’s a quote from this book that made me think of Donald Trump: “To put on the cloak of legitimacy is the first objective of any coup d’etat.

The garment of legitimacy is just an outward appearance, which Trump uses to fool so many people. Everything old is new again.

Bonnie BoydHouston

Regarding “Tomlinson: Vigilantes like those who attacked Salman Rushdie create more than political problems” (August 17): Chris Tomlinson uses the word “demagogue” in his column. For those with a visual bent, searching Google Images for “demagogue” will show Adolf Hitler, Joseph McCarthy, Huey Long and, now, Donald Trump. Perhaps the visual would help voters understand who they are voting for.

Bill CrawfordHouston