For the Love of Bernie
I will preface this by saying that I admire Bernie Sanders and his clearly progressive views, as well as his strongly articulated ideas. However, reading D.D. Guttenplan’s “The Secret to Sanders’s Success” [Oct. 26] reminds me why he’s not a viable choice for me.
The article’s lead (uncaptioned) photo could have been taken in lily-white Vermont, so I’ll give it a pass for its resemblance to a diversity-free Republican rally. But consider Guttenplan’s choice of Bernie volunteers: 16-year-old Australian Torin Peel and 24-year-old digital whiz kid Aidan King. Do you really believe these representatives, so evocative of Sanders’s campaign, will appeal to the majority of lower-income, nonwhite, and immigrant Democrats whose votes would be essential for presidential victory? Unfortunately, Sanders’s policies, so much more populist than his rivals, are lost in his campaign’s image.
new york city
Here we go again. Without doubt, the words uttered by Bernie Sanders are sweeter to a progressive than those of Hillary Clinton, except to those of us who are actually concerned about whom we elect as president. Ralph Nader is back, and The Nation is thrilled.
What is it about progressives that makes them unconcerned with the actual outcome of an election? I love what Sanders says, but he is not going to be elected president—either Hillary or a Republican will be. I can’t look.
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When Loco Parentis Is Loco
Michelle Goldberg’s article “Whose Kids Is Big Brother Watching?”[Oct. 19] is both comprehensive and important. I have had personal and unpleasant experiences with Child Protective Services (CPS) as an advocate for children and as an academic who taught child-welfare policy in a graduate social-work program.
Having observed CPS for a period of over 40 years, I’ve seen the pendulum shifts that Goldberg discusses, with various efforts to reform the system failing. The agencies generally err in both directions: over- and under-intervention. I fear that the pendulum is now swinging again in the direction of over-intervention, with the result that way too many children will be placed in foster care. And this “solution” is anything but: The conditions (often overcrowded) and circumstances in too many foster homes are dismal—points that Goldberg didn’t discuss.