The Art of Words
Absolutely brilliant cover of Donald Trump by John Mavroudis [Oct. 24]. My own list of descriptors would include: draft dodger, dirtbag, contemptible, laughable, freak, geek, whiner, vulgar climber, deadbeat, foulmouthed, tawdry, tiresome, self-righteous, and locker-room blabbermouth, for starters. Thanks for your efforts to expose this dangerous guy before it’s too late!
vero beach, fla.
Too Hot, Too Cold, Just Right?
Your editorial “Hillary Clinton for President” [Oct. 24] argues that since this is not an ordinary election we should not consider strategic voting, i.e., voting for the Green Party ticket of Stein/Baraka, in safe states. But it is precisely because this is not an ordinary election that we should strategically vote for the only party that has a real plan to avoid the ever-growing threat of climate catastrophe. Of course Trump must be defeated, but unless Clinton’s support of fracking and militarism are challenged, they will cancel out the good parts of the Democratic program on climate change. For this reason alone—and there are many others—the Green Party must be strengthened as the electoral arm of the climate- and energy-justice movement. As Kshama Sawant argues, “The Greens Are the Best Path to Radical Change” [Oct. 10] that we have now. If the Stein/Baraka ticket gets 5 percent on Election Day, this will boost the Green Party’s capacity to organize by roughly $8 million in federal funding. Voting for a neoliberal militarist like Clinton in safe states is the real throwaway vote. Shame on your editorial board!
Assuming Hillary Clinton actually attempts to advance all of the causes you outline in the article (which I would applaud, but don’t really believe because of her history of saying what she needs to say when she needs to say it), her predilection to be a war hawk will make it all for naught if she gets us into a war with Russia. All other issues cease to be important if she does that.
I am distraught that the only candidates on offer (for all intents and purposes) are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, neither of whom are suitable to assume the mantle of president of the United States. What do we do?