In reaction to President Donald Trump’s self-unmasking as an enabler and supporter of neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates and white supremacists, a pundit on cable programing used the term “RepubliKlan Party” in referring to what he believes has become of the GOP — the Republican Party. He paints with a condemning and too broad a brush a picture of a political party that has silently tolerated the intolerable. Most Republicans are not RepubliKlans. However, people who witness a vile crime and neither intervene nor call law enforcement are enablers and morally responsible for that crime. Silence in the face of hate gives validity to that hate and its ilk.
RepiubliKlans do exist and proudly spew their hate speech enhancing false claims of victimhood at the hands of racial minorities, religious minorities and members of the LGBT communities. Their political agents seek legislation so as to “legally” deny folks the right to vote, access to health care and even to the use of bathrooms. Are water fountains and lunch counters next? Enough! Speak out against religious bigotry, claims of racial superiority and efforts to erode civil rights. Register to vote and then vote your conscience. After all, the RepubliKlans do vote. Do not be a silent enabler. Resist the RepubliKlans!
Ricardo Flores, Edinburg
Canadian/US health care
A column Tuesday by Rick Jensen excoriated Canada’s healthcare systems for its shortcomings in ER wait times as detailed by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. But he did not recognize that the first step in correcting a problem is to identify it so corrective action can be taken. I have spent much time in Canada, periods long enough to require I purchase Canadian insurance coverage and be a participant in the system. I have first-hand knowledge of the system.
While I can certainly believe the statistics he quoted and can listen to his rants against “liberals,” I wonder if he is covered by health insurance in Delaware, one of the more liberal states? If you are like me, one of the fortunate Texans who are covered by health insurance either from an employer, the Affordable Care Act or the long established federal government’s single-payer Medicare or Medicaid programs, you have access in Texas to some of the finest medical services in our nation.
However, I find much more compelling the evidence I can see with my eyes every day as I travel around Edinburg. We have people who are just not receiving medical care, not because they are “waiting in line” but because they are just left out. There is a significant moral difference in the provision of health care between Canada and our country. In Canada, health care is a right, not a privilege. The fast service times in our emergency rooms and short wait times for procedures are bought, in part by the suffering of easily visible members of our community who are left out our insurance system by the lack of compassion and political will in Texas to include them.
James W. Bailey, Edinburg