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Response to Gail Collins' NYT Column

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

CCD frequently submits letters to the editor that are published in major news media. See here, here, here and here. When they are not published, we post the letters here for the record.


Re: Gail Collins, Presidentially, Two Parties Is Plenty, New York Times (Sept. 16, 2020)


To the Editor:


Gail Collins is a gifted satirist, but shouldn’t she take the voting rights of millions of Americans more seriously than, say, Mitt Romney driving to Canada with his dog on the roof?


Collins writes that we would be “better off without” third parties and that people vote for them to “feel superior” or “dodge responsibility”. Would she say the same of the abolitionists who formed the Free Soil Party when neither major party would oppose slavery? Or the Progressive Party when it pushed for women’s suffrage and other reforms the major parties wouldn’t touch? 


Collins also takes a swipe at Ralph Nader, who ran for president against the invasion of Iraq, for single payer healthcare and a crackdown on corporate crime long before Democrats came around on those issues.


Does Collins really want to squelch these voices of dissent? The White House is currently occupied by perhaps the most illiberal president in history. Liberals who oppose him would do well to remember that resistance neither begins, nor ends, within the major parties alone.


-Oliver Hall

Founder and Legal Counsel

Center for Competitive Democracy




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