Re "Scorn at GOP fails to reflect what we are losing" (Viewpoints, Nov. 17): The problem with GOP positions is that they fail to reflect that many Americans never experienced the "traditional values" that the party so mourns for.
I was born in 1961. A president was assassinated on my second birthday. I remember the assassination of a civil rights leader and a Democratic presidential candidate, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam war protests, desegregation, discrimination against women, and later, the savings and loan and junk bond scandals.
The GOP focuses only on the experiences of those who grew up white and (relatively) privileged, not even acknowledging the different experiences of others. The world they long for never really existed for significant portions of the population. Unless these facts are accepted, the GOP will continue to fade into irrelevance.
-- Harlan Glines, Sacramento
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