Of all the pundits and politicians from whom we've heard during the past 24 months, letter writer Alan Walden came the closest to articulating a reasonable explanation for voting Republican in the 2012 election ("A stranger in his own land," Nov. 9). As an enthusiastic supporter of President
I think that Mr. Walden finds himself a stranger in his own land only because he has forgotten that it has always been this way, and that this is what America is supposed to be — a place where anyone of any shape or description has equal rights under the law. The fraud and abuse that he sees among the undeserving is as obnoxious to me as it is to him and to every other taxpaying citizen, but it is up to us to root it out just as earnestly among the corporate and agricultural recipients as among the urban and rural poor. And as obnoxious as it is, that kind of abuse of this society's good intentions is not what poses a threat to America's greatness. What does pose a threat to America's greatness is imagining us to be a native culture threatened by those from without, and a culture that if left to its own devices would somehow regulate itself — the two great myths of the modern GOP.
Mr. Walden is a civilized man. He needn't be a stranger in his own land or his own home. His home has just gotten bigger when he wasn't looking. And guess what? It's a better place to live.