Letter to the Editor: Politicians need to work for the people


Thank you, thank you, thank you to Andy Schmookler for his column on Wednesday. And thank you Northern Virginia Daily for printing same.

What Andy said in that column is exactly what I have been thinking for quite some time. I had thought about writing something similar, but could not have put it any better than what Andy said.

I grew up in a GOP household and in my life twice voted for a GOP candidate. The first was Nixon, who fortunately lost in 1960 (my first election). The other vote was cast for reasons I won’t go into, but regret whole-heartedly. It was for the wrong person and he has proven such for several years in Prince William County.

For many years I have referred to the GOP as the Generate Our Profits party. And that is what I have seen them do for the over 50 years I have been a voter.

Andy hit the nail on the head with his comments about how the Democrats in the southern states changed to Republicans after President Johnson passed civil rights bills. The Dixiecrats were a racist, sexist, and whatever “ist” you can come up with and now as GOPers continue in the same vein.

What really bothers me is that so many “people of color” have chosen to be GOPers, including a Supreme Court justice, a former general and secretary of state, and others. Those two individuals alone may not have gotten to their high states of achievement were it not for actions by Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, and other Democratic officials.

And let us be clear on one thing. Not all Democrats are good, just as not all GOPs are bad. But they all need to wake up and smell the coffee and work for “We The People!”

Bob Brookfield, Wardensville, West Virginia