Re "D.C. divide means that both parties need to negotiate" (Viewpoints, Oct. 10): Rep. Eric Cantor's pathetic, dishonest attempt to redefine history leads one to imagine what our country might look like had the Republican Party gathered whatever intelligence they had to support an elected president's proposals rather than meet in the back room of some restaurant and agree that any and every proposition this black man made would be thwarted.
Our government is "we the people" and to propose that "we the people" are the problem is to tacitly assume that some other form of governance than democracy -- fascism or corporatism, perhaps -- should be adopted. The call for downsizing government - the heart and soul of this near-treasonous bloc of a hopefully increasingly unpopular, basically anti-democracy advocates - is a not very subtle call for the downsizing of citizen involvement in that government. Just the opposite should be demanded.
-- Ed Scotten, Colfax