My Turn: More outraged and less convincing

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Published: 4/6/2021 9:48:42 AM

John O’Rourke’s rants that have been appearing on the editorial pages of this newspaper probably will be challenged by more readers than just me. In fact, I’ll consider myself fortunate if this letter is even selected for printing because of the many other letters I expect will make essentially the same points — and I don’t live in Conway.

The first letter from Mr. O’Rourke that I saw had to do with a Conway election that he lost. He felt that he had been shabbily treated in light of his many contributions to the town. It sounded plausible, but I reserved judgment.

However, his subsequent letters have grown more and more outraged and less and less convincing. His most recent outpouring had little to do with Conway but instead focused on the leftist/globalist forces that he saw as having deprived Donald Trump of the victory he was entitled to in the 2020 presidential election.

The Biden victory was challenged by a whirlwind of lawsuits, none of which succeeded. Despite the insurrection on Jan. 6, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn into office on Jan. 20. A coalition of Republicans continues to dispute the election to this day, but they are unlikely to gain power. At worst, they will delay the changes that should and will occur.

The description of the Democrats as a globalist/leftist cabal is unhelpful because that is not what they are. Bernie Sanders and Alexandrea Ocasio-Cortez are surely leftists, but hardly outside the bounds of the present political discourse and in any event not representative of where the Democratic Party is today, even though they surely wish they were.

Mr. O’Rourke takes a sideswipe at gay marriage, but its legality is now the law of the land. Even a conservative counter-revolution will not undo it. The social changes that made it possible are firmly embedded in American life. Mr. O’Rourke, you don’t have to accept it, but you can’t stop it, either.

Paul Abrahams is a resident of Deerfield.

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