Here’s a conundrum: When Republicans such as Sen. Mitt Romney or Rep. Liz Cheney publicly disagreed with President Donald Trump on the charges of a rigged election, they were praised by Democrats for their courage, independence of thought and defense of democracy. However, when a Democratic politician such as Sen. Joe Manchin disagrees with President Joe Biden, he receives no such praise. To the contrary, the West Virginia senator has been vilified by fellow Democrats as a fool, selfish promoter, or harbinger of the end of democracy (”Robert B. Reich: Is this the beginning of the end of American democracy?” June 10).
How strange that Democrats condone dissent among their adversaries but are intolerant of dissent within their own ranks. Such intolerance and hypocrisy have been found in the Crusades, totalitarian regimes and fascist organizations. As a lifelong Democrat, it is disturbing to me to witness current Democrats’ inability to address Senator Manchin’s views with respect and reason rather than personal attacks.
The party line is that Trumpsters are zealots and misologists (those who hate reasoning). Maybe today’s Democrats should look in the mirror before casting such aspersions.
Alexander E. Hooke, Baltimore
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