Saturday November 17, 2018
Columnist wrong about what the people want in a leader.
Hugh Hewitt's Nov. 12 column ("Our combatant in chief") was way off-base. Hewitt argues that President Donald Trump will win re-election because nobody is better at "combative" than Trump.
If the midterm elections taught us anything, it's that voters want civility and compromise, not combativeness, conspiracy theories, lies and fear.
The Republicans would be wise to take a step back from Trump's approach to politics. After the midterms, a national survey included a list of issues that should be the Democrats' top priorities for 2020. It included health care, the environment, judicial nominations, civil rights and democracy.
The top priority on that list was democracy. Any Democrat considering a 2020 run for president should be working on a pro-democracy agenda. The United States has a low voter turnout for a reason. Our system - with workday elections, long voting lines and cumbersome registration rules - is designed to discourage mass participation. That same system once barred women, African-Americans and 18-year-olds, among others, from voting.
The system has changed before, and it can change again. But it won't change by combativeness.
Richard A. Weiherer
America doesn't need a combative president