Letter: Are Democrats the real problem?

Editor of the Reformer:

An interesting article titled "Problems of sexual misconduct in the Vermont Legislature" appeared in Vermont Digger on Nov. 7. It is terribly shocking to me that these kinds of disgusting and disrespectful incidents still happen in the most liberal, progressive, and democrat statehouse in the nation. Of course, it is only Republicans like Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner, Ted Kennedy, Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey that are capable of being sexual miscreants. Ooops. These guys aren't Republicans. They are Democrats.

Windham County Senator Becca Balint's comments are illustrative of the kind of progressive thinking that prevails in the Vermont Assembly. She states "Whether you're a woman or you're a person of color or a gay person in an environment that's overwhelmingly white and heterosexual, you do question how you're going to make a place for yourself."

Windham County, with a population of 44,513 is 95 percent white. Vermont, as a whole, is 95 percent white. According to the Vermont Secretary of State's election results page, 11,174 Windham County residents voted to send Ms. Balint to her position of prestige and power in the Senate. Using recent demographic data one can estimate that 10,085 white heterosexuals trusted Senator Balint enough to elect her. This begs a few questions. Does Senator Balint really believe that her white and heterosexual constituents and the people that voted for her are trying to relegate her and other minorities to second class citizenship? Is Senator Balint implying that the sexual misconduct problem at the statehouse is exclusive to white heterosexuals because of some racial defect or a defect of sexual orientation?

More than a century ago, in 1915 to be exact, the first full length feature film was produced in Hollywood. It was called "The Birth of a Nation" It is perhaps the most racist movie ever made. The film depicts blacks as violent rapists unable to control their behavior. Totally disgusting. The most prominent progressive Democrat of that era, President Woodrow Wilson, after viewing the film is quoted as saying "It's like writing history with lightning. And my only regret is that it is all terribly true."

I don't see much difference in the insinuating remarks of Senator Balint and the bigoted remarks of President Wilson.

One has to wonder if the root of sexual misconduct in the Vermont statehouse, other statehouses and Hollywood has less to do with white heterosexuals and more to do with being a progressive, a liberal or a Democrat.

Stu Lindberg

Cavendish, Nov. 11


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