Belafonte Right On Time
I am always a fan of Joan Walsh’s work, whether she is on television or writing. I was shedding tears the whole time I read her article about Harry Belafonte and The Tonight Show [“When Harry Met Late Night,” March 6]. As an 81-year-old Quaker who has spent 50 years working on peace and civil-rights issues, I need some cheering up now. Those final lines help: “Those of us who have lived almost a century have no right to cynicism…. There is always something in motion…always people out there making a difference.”
new york city
It is a rare and guilty pleasure when one gets to correct the editors of such an esteemed publication as The Nation. Nevertheless, in “J.Lo Name-Checks T.Mo in The Nation” [March 6], there is a reference to “George W. Bush’s reelection.” To set the record straight, George W. Bush was selected by the Supreme Court in 2000, and elected (not reelected) in 2004.
Allen W. Batteau
ann arbor, mich.
What Are We For?
Thank you for Robert L. Borosage’s “Beyond Resistance” [March 6]. Even during the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton’s decision to run chiefly on faint echoes of FDR, the Kennedys, Lyndon Johnson, and the Obamas, but without their apparent vision and moral determination, concerned me. I believe this would have resulted in an ineffective and uninspired presidency had she won the election—especially with the obstructionist, right-wing Congress she would likely have confronted.
As Borosage notes, the Democrats continue to struggle today, unable to draw a coherent picture of the party’s once readily identifiable ethos and purpose. The problem with the resistance, at this point, is that it is only resistance. What we need from the left is a reliable vision and message—a battle cry—that asserts essential truths alongside the decency of the Obamas that we long for now. In the absence of such an appeal to what we experience as the best of ourselves, I am concerned that the void of moral clarity and consistency will ultimately spawn a vigorous and youthful third party that may well satisfy the mass in the center who now find themselves fatigued by the aimless Trumpists as well as the left and progressives.