The Democrat-GOP Blame Game and Jon Stewart's 'Sanity'

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

I served in the Army through Desert Shield / Desert Storm [“Injunction Ups Ante on Gays in Military,” October 15]. I don’t have an issue with gays at all; in fact, I have had quite a few gay friends over the years. [But] the units I’ve served in were all supply—and thus coed. So we had to have separate showers and bathrooms in the field and at home for males and females. That being said, how are you going to house and shower gay soldiers stationed with straight soldiers?

PAUL SKINNER Hanceville, Ala.

The Partisan Fight

Stop with the blame game. Every time Democrats talk about the economy, they state that they have saved us from a second Depression. They have no facts to back up that statement; it is pure conjecture. It is so disingenuous. They blame everything on George Bush, yet it was the Democrats who were in charge of passing legislation.

JEFFREY GREEN Eden Prairie, Minn.

Both the Democrats and Republicans deserve credit for the destruction of our great nation. They have worked hand-in-hand to achieve this. And both blame the other. Meanwhile, the public is losing their nation, their economy, and their way of life. It is time to rid ourselves of politics-as-usual and bring back integrity. But, realistically, what do you think the chances are of achieving this? We are doomed. We have met the enemy and he is us.

JAMES BOWER Redmond, Wash.

I find Republicans confusing. They just never seem happy [“Grudge Matches,” October 15]. Clinton left the presidency with the country’s budget in the black. Bush left the country deeply in debt and on the verge of another Great Depression, yet what do I hear? “They want fiscal moderates and a balanced budget.” So why are they voting Republican again?

[Read the U.S. News op-ed debate: Should a Balanced Budget Be a Top Priority for Congress?]

PATTY PARKER Fairfax, Va.

The Tea Party movement is talking change in more-real terms than the last upstart who tried it—who is now watching his prospects fizzle. Budgetary responsibility is easy to cheer for when we’re seeing unpopular initiatives run up the debt. The government should have cinched the belt rather than thrown money at the problem. I just hope that voters are on board with the price that comes with the gutsy Tea Party recommendations.

[Check out our editorial cartoons on the Tea Party.]

TED CLAYTON Joyce, Wash.

I read a book in 1993 entitled Who Will Tell the People: The Betrayal of American Democracy, by William Greider. Why should anyone vote for either party when they created the problems the country now faces? Both parties are the problem, not the solution.

DAVID SOLO Georgetown, Texas

Jon Stewart and Liberal ‘Sanity’

It’s kind of interesting that comedian Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” was considered a liberal, pro-Democrat rally [“Looking for the Stewart Bump,” October 29]. Sanity is considered a liberal position? I wonder why that is.

[See photos of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.]

MARC PERKEL Gilroy, Calif.

Schlesinger and the GOP

Mr. Schlesinger’s smart aleck remarks [“If the Republicans Take Charge . . . ,” October 15] about anyone who doesn’t suit his liberal mindset will force me to not renew my U.S. News subscription.

STEPHEN CHAPMAN Englewood, Ohio

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