The great conundrum of the 21st century is how the Democratic Party, the party of tolerance and acceptance, can spew such vitriol as shown in David Michael Smith’s commentary ("Trump's presidency one for history books," The Daily News, Dec. 20).

I'm disappointed The Daily News would print such a commentary. Shame on you!

Before the November election cycle, my 72-year-old uncle, a lifelong Democrat, and I were discussing the state of partisan politics. He made a statement that had a dramatic effect on me. He said, “It is OK to be partisan, but you need to be civil.”

Maybe David Michael Smith should adhere to this philosophy and exhibit some civility in his commentaries. The Democratic Party of Galveston County would be much better off.

Marty Fluke

Galveston

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Carlos Ponce

For David Michael civility is a one way street.

George Caros

When trump shows any civility maybe at that point he will receive it back. trump attacks POWs for being captured attacks goldstar family claims to know more then the generals scared if rain why does he hate our military men and women so much

Rusty Schroeder

The only thing Smith knows how to exhibit is extreme ignorance and hatred of country he despises. Yet is scared to flee and seek the glorious lifestyle of the ones he glorifies. This guy is irrelevant, he is one of the reasons COM lost the confidence of many in the community.

Paul Hyatt

The so called party of tolerance is only tolerant if you agree with their perverted ways of thinking, else they become the intolerant party....Mighty funny how if you do not agree with them they will call you all sorts of names and continue to call themselves the tolerant group....

Gary Miller

Well and truly said Paul.

Emile Pope

Like when trump called the football players SOBs?

Rusty Schroeder

Emile, Trump withstanding, if you believe or prescribe to any of the values that Mr. Smith teaches and preaches I would find it hard to believe. You just hate the President and republicans in general, Mr. Smith hates the basic rights and values of being an American.

Emile Pope

Trump withstanding??!!! He’s your leader!!! How can you talk about what someone does and ignore worse things from trump?

Rusty Schroeder

You can't even comprehend my words, and your 100% correct, he is my President and yours too. If you don't like that, then get on a boat to Cuba and live your socialist lifestyle Smith preaches. He's scared to do it and so are you, hummingbird and alligator come to mind.

Emile Pope

I notice that when trump criticized this country and its president you never told him to leave the country even though he was totally capable of doing so. Why? Because to you, only certain people are able to voice their grievances and get them addressed. Typical...

Carlos Ponce

Like when those football players disrespected the flag, the National Anthem, the men and women who died in defense of that flag?

George Caros

They died for our right to do exactly that

Bailey Jones

Am I the only one who sees the irony in the comments on this letter? There's a saying "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." Small mindedness seems to be the currency of political discourse these days. As one who has been described in comments as an ignorant godless socialist communist, I still try to keep my arguments to facts and ideas. (Emphasis on "try".) I might not agree with the politics of the author, but I certainly agree with his message - for all parties.

Rusty Schroeder

The author of this letter is Marty Fluke, I am glad you agree with him, there's hope for you yet :)

Don Schlessinger

Be careful guys, Mr. Smith is a hero of the Democratic Socialists. He's the guy they look to for leadership, and he has your names, right Emile. [angry]

Jarvis Buckley

Emile I think it was NFL players that took a knee while our national anthem was being played. You know the tune Emile. He was talking about the rich spoiled punks that couldn't get a job at a service station Emile,
disrespecting our flag and country.
As well as our service men who fought and those that died for or country. But you know that Emile.
You just continue to spew hatred
towards our President. Your a Trump
hater. We know that Emile.
Get a hobby.

Emile Pope

So being uncivil is okay if you think you’re justified in being so? Unless you’re willing to condemn trump then spare us the hypocrisy...

Carlos Ponce

One may criticize his policies and still be civil. That's what we did when BO was in office. However, condemning him????? That's un-American and un-civil. Judge not less ye be judged, Emile.

Emile Pope

We have no obligation to be "civil". trump is as uncivil as they come any not one republican criticizes him for being so...

Carlos Ponce

Trump is a counter puncher.

Carlos Ponce

Emile wants Republican presidents to be treated as muzzled dogs.

Emile Pope

So the athletes attacked trump first? Don’t confuse a counterpuncher with a bully...

Carlos Ponce

The so called athletes attacked America.

Cary Semar

We certainly should not have a double standard: one for Obama and another for Trump. In a comment on 9/30/2014, you chided Obama for his 41.3% attendance of the PDB. After some searching, I found a figure for Trump in the New York Daily News, which was 31.5 %. By your own metric, there is reason to believe that DJT is a greater foreign policy disaster than his predecessor.

I wasn't able to find any comments of yours about Obama that I would consider "uncivil," however I may have a higher threshold for incivility than you or Marty Fluke.

Carlos Ponce

Emile posts, "Don’t confuse a counterpuncher with a bully..."
You're the one who is confused. But it's not your fault. You've been properly indoctrinated by the Left wing anti-Trump media.

Emile Pope

How's the market?

Carlos Ponce

The Stock Markets were closed on Christmas, Emile. Note to the clueless: There are several factors which indicate whether an economy is good, bad or mediocre. All factors indicate a robust economy. The fact that the Fed increased interest rates to slow the economy is one of them. Increasing interest rates which the Fed had done four times since Trump became president shows a robust economy. Increasing interest rates also has an adverse effect on the stock market.

Emile Pope

Nothing but a bunch of excuses. trump took credit for the stock market when it was rising even though it was because of President Obama's policies. Now he won't take blame for its crash. It's all his fault because of his trade policies and tariffs. HIS FAULT!!!!

Carlos Ponce

"It's all his fault because of his trade policies and tariffs."
No, you really ought to learn about how the stock market works. The earlier rises were in response to his policies, the lower unemployment rate, the removal of regulations, etc. The tariffs themselves should not have lowered the stock prices that much. A few points but not that much. The idea of computer algorithms making over 84% of the trades without human intervention is troublesome and responsible for the roller coaster ride on the stock market.
Emile, I doubt you are heavily involved in actual stock market trading. Experts disagree with your premise.

Emile Pope

Garbage. What “experts”? Your statements have no support and you provide none...

Carlos Ponce

"Garbage" man Emile strikes again! The term "experts" refers to several thousand people well informed on the economics of the United States economy. Included are Stephen Moore who writes economy and public policy for The Wall Street Journal and Arthur B. Laffer, founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research firm that provides global investment-research services to institutional asset managers, pension funds, financial institutions, and corporations. Since the Laffer firm's inception in 1979, the firm’s research has focused on the interconnecting macroeconomic, political and demographic changes affecting global financial markets.
https://www.cnbc.com/arthur-laffer/

Jose' Boix

It is great to opine from the security of a capitalist society or system. I will repeat, that most ardent and vocal proponents of the failed socialist-communist system have not lived or experienced life under such regime where "you have nothing but you get everything." Just tell me about it!

margo holst

David Michael Smith comments about Trump were very civil considering the vast number of adjectives available in our language and the subject matter. Perhaps "buffoonery" was out of line but only because my companion didn't know what it meant!! The New should be complimented in giving David Michael Smith a voice however infrequent it appears. DJ Kava, Crystal Beach and Beaumont

Victor Krc

The one thing I have noticed about Smith over the years is that he is constantly "griping" (no "b" word here). He never proposes anything positive or constructive. If Smith has ever had a constructive thought in his brain it rattled around in there until it died of loneliness.

George Croix

Again, I'm always glad to read the ex-Professor's stuff.
We all should be.
We NEED to know what such people think and are getting others to believe.
It shows us what talking out of two faces looks like.

George Croix

'Civility' is as civility does.
It's pretty much a meaningless term simply because it means whatever the talker/writer wants it to mean to them.
Consider, for example, that 'protesters' shouting down and harassing people who are not like them consider the OTHER guys, their targets, to be 'uncivil', so worthy of assault, verbal or physical.
NO WAY to convince such people THEY are lacking 'civility'.
Anyway, is calling somebody an SOB 'uncivil'.
I'd say so, unless they dearly deserve it, imo, and then, to me, it's VERY 'civil'.
That's how 'civility' works.....[wink]

Jarvis Buckley

We each should enjoy our holidays,
Christmas & newyears are our family's . Wish every one on these comment a very healthy & prosperous 2018 . May God Bless each of You & yours this coming year.

Jarvis Buckley

It is my believe that the communist
Liberals that are out to destroy our President are prepared to destroy our
country to obtain their goal.

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