LETTERS: Errant focus; Progressives and reformers

Errant focus

Jake Longoria’s letter of Nov. 8 lamented that every single body is not working “in unison with this president for the good of ‘We the People,’ and not for the good of the party.” This would be funny if it weren’t disastrous that no other president has demonstrated less concern for this country and for We the People, only single-minded interest in what is good for him.

It used to be said that “it can’t happen here,” but we are faced with the real possibility of rule by one man, who believes in Mafia power for himself, everything being about personal loyalty to him, and thinking that he owns the government, the military, and us.

I was accosted in a parking lot by a fellow to thank me for my service because I wear my veteran’s cap. He was wearing a Trump 2020 red cap and I said, “No Trump for me.” He withdrew his handshake and yelled, “No America for you!”

I realized how far gone his supporters are that they accept the idea that this country is the same thing as one man. And they don’t know or care that by accepting that idea they are betraying the country.

John Garza


Progressives and reformers

Upton Sinclair composed The Jungle to uncover the shocking working conditions in the meatpacking industry. His depiction of sick, spoiled and polluted meat stunned general society and prompted new government sanitation laws.

Prior to the turn of the 20th century, a significant change had arisen in the U.S. Reformers known as progressives were responding to issues brought about by the fast development of processing plants and urban communities. Progressives from the outset focused on improving the lives of those living in ghettos and in disposing of debasement in government.

By the start of the new century, progressives had begun to assault gigantic enterprises like Standard Oil, U.S. Steel and the Shield meat-packing organization for their uncalled-for practices. The progressives uncovered how these organizations disposed of rivals, set significant expenses and regarded laborers as “wage slaves.”

The progressives, however, didn’t agree on how best to control these huge organizations. Others figured state or government regulation would be most successful.

Theodore Roosevelt was president when the dynamic reformers were gaining influence. Assuming the presidency in 1901 upon the death of William McKinley, he stayed in the White House until 1909.

President Roosevelt supported huge-scale ventures. “The enterprise is setting down deep roots,” he pronounced. Yet, he supported government regulation.

Roosevelt didn’t generally favor columnists and different authors who uncovered what they saw as corporate shameful acts. At the point when David Phillips, a dynamic columnist, composed a progression of articles that assaulted U.S. representatives of both ideological groups for serving the interests of large business as opposed to the individuals, President Roosevelt thought Phillips had gone excessively far. He alluded to him as a man with a “muck rake.”

Katelyn Cantu


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