To the Editor:
The contest in the 6th Congressional District between incumbent Republican Peter Roskam and Democrat Sean Casten, and several other tight races throughout the country where Democrats are trying to flip Republican held seats, may well determine the future course of our country.
Roskam and Casten differ on almost every issue, Roskam runs primarily on the tax bill, which he takes major credit for, even though most of the benefits have gone to corporations and the wealthy and little, if any, has gone into the pockets of those that need it most.
Now Roskam is openly talking of reducing the trillion and a half dollar deficit caused by the legislation, by tapping the Social Security Trust Fund. Casten proposes correcting the inequities in the Tax Bill, including the limitation on the deduction for State and Local Taxes, which hurts a great many of Roskam's constituents.
The real danger in electing Roskam is that the main chance for Democracy to make a comeback, or at least stop further erosion, is in the House of Representatives. We have an executive branch that is in continual disarray led by a President who disregards the Constitution and operates outside the norms of Presidential behavior.
He raises conspiracies that don't exist rather then trying to stop the Russians from influencing our elections, or allowing the Special Prosecutor to finish his work. A Democratic House may well be the only check on an out of control, egocentric, prevaricating President. Republicans have shown little backbone in refusing to stand up to Trump, and Peter Roskam has been with him all the way. A vote for Casten is a vote for the future of Democracy.