Neal Simon, a Montgomery County businessman, is launching an independent campaign for Senate in Maryland. (Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun video)

Today I am writing to explain why Dave Anderson (“The Democratic Party doesn't need unifying, factions are just fine,” July 26) is dead wrong, which is probably why he wasn’t successful in his 2016 congressional bid.

Political party perception is vital to winning elections. If the party is perceived to be too far out on the extreme, they will lose. With every action there is an equal reaction. Democrats for years have danced the dance at their national conventions allowing every minority and every element to have their time to shine on the political stage. They sing “Kumbaya,” hold hands and pretend everything is right with the world and everyone is equally heard. They even tell you that they have the biggest tent and all are welcome.


The problem is that once you elect them they pursue the most liberal of agendas. Most of them involve wealth reassignment. It’s not only that some of these office seekers are preordained as a result of “I’ll support you this time around if you support me next time.” It’s also that it leads to the several totally unelectable candidates the party has tried to foist on us that have been rightfully rejected by the electorate.

On the other side of the coin, the Republican Party has a huge base in the evangelical community which preaches politics from the pulpit as part of their scheme to proselytize their religion. They want to force it down our throats if we want it or not. They use every opportunity they can to enact laws making their religion the law of the land. If their party moves too far to the middle, they will splinter out into a third party movement. The economic conservatives tried to splinter out into a tea party movement which was rapidly reined in by the Republicans. They realized the movement would harm them way more than it would the Democrats.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a socialist who is not a Democrat, has dragged the Democrats far out to the unacceptable range. He’s given birth to a new name for this extremist wing — “progressives” — which seems to be catching fire based on some of the primary results.

So where does this leave those of us who consider ourselves to be in the common sense middle? The answer seems to be emerging in a national movement called “Unite.org.” This group has come a long way in a short time. Here in Maryland, independent candidate for U.S. Senator, Neal Simon, is a member of this new wave. I am all for this movement and I intend to support Mr. Simon’s bid against Sen. Ben Cardin.

As this movement grows, I fear it will harm the Democrats more than it will the Republicans. As such, I’d like to give fair warning to those Democrats rushing out to that progressive ledge that they might just fall off of the cliff. This could doom this country to four more years of Donald Trump!

Steven Davidson, New Windsor