Letter: Strategies for dealing with political opponents

To the editor:

My grandfather on my mother’s side was a strong Democrat, which, in my eyes, made my family Democrats by default. That, however, is debatable.

I like to say that I’m a Democrat, like I would say I’m a Christian. Doing so helps one avoid lengthy discussions at inappropriate times, such as while, say, painting a house.

That being said, I would make a few remarks in response to Mr. John Krull’s “little ink” column in the Oct. 25 edition of the Brown County Democrat. (Side note: “Krull” to this day is one of my favorite movies, I recommend watching it!)

These remarks can be read as for all Democrats as well as for all those who are interested in redeveloping our democracy:

First, you expect too much from your opponents. Give them nothing and take nothing from them. Fit your strategies accordingly. Do not even expect agreement from Republicans without close scrutiny — neither from those who hold office or from those you encounter on the street, in coffee shops, or wherever.

If they would be your opponents, then treat them as such, but maintain integrity!

Make no deals with Republicans; instead, delay their actions, expose their actions, and don’t worry about garnering support for your efforts, for you’ll receive it eventually.

And above all, be patient, and soon you’ll see the opposition float by on a slowly deflating inner tube that is their power base, established for capital.

John Douglas, Nashville

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