Who’s to blame for repugnant campaign? Check the mirror

To the editor:

Here we go again. The two major political parties have reduced yet another election to the equivalent of a schoolyard brawl, wherein ineffectual punches and childish name-calling eclipse the underlying issues.

Let’s not even try to blame the politicians. To do so would be akin to blaming a hamburger for being food. A hamburger is what it is: a tasty, if not particularly healthy nosh. Politicians are what they are: self-centered cynics who have no respect for us.

So who’s to blame? We are. We the people, mindful of the Founding Fathers’ call for a more perfect union, are mindless, lazy participants in the continuing debasement of that union.

We allow ourselves to be misled by imprecise, rambling responses to straightforward questions. We let politicians appease us with money wrested from the hands of workers in other states. We believe them time after time when they say what we want to hear but don’t follow through with action. We accept the irrational premise that someone with great wealth and a strong need for power is well-suited to guiding our nation and, by extension, our lives. And, perhaps most perversely, we do not scream in outrage when politicians are described as “public servants.”

Politicians will change only if we change. Unless we become more active listeners and confront politicians when they dissemble and give us banal pabulum when we need and deserve an answer of substance, nothing will change. Absent action on our part, we deserve what we get.

Lester J. Pulst


Nothing will change

To the editor:

After seeing “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” for perhaps the 20th time, I came to the same conclusion that I had come to before: Washington, D.C., is an immovable object that will never change.

Democratic Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden would have no impact whatsoever in changing the corruption of our government. Why? The sleaze and corruption, which have been a part of Congress for as long as I can remember, are too entrenched to be sanitized by two men who are, in truth, part of the problem. Why would two senators, one of whom has been part of the system for decades, expect us to believe promises that have been made so often in prior election campaigns?

As was said in the movie, the only thing a congressman worries about is re-election. That requires money and connections, and the only way to achieve both is to “work the system.” That system is not going to give way to two of its own — a Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, riding into Washington, tilting at windmills. Eight years from now, nothing will have changed, no matter which party is in power.

Power corrupts, and the power that our Congress enjoys has corrupted absolutely.

As a matter of fact, the past two “outsiders” who came to Washington on a campaign of change (Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton), fit right into the system, almost as if they were perfect parts to the puzzle. Perhaps a Sarah Palin might be able to influence some fiscal and moral change, but the problem she faces is analogous to an immovable object.

I just don’t see any of the candidates, of either party, as being the irresistible forces required.

Jack L. Kane


And in this corner …

To the editor:

Change. We’ve heard this word a lot from both presidential candidates. Unfortunately, the way this election has been run so far, nothing has changed. It’s the same old, same old. Name calling, smear tactics, lying, and the list goes on.

The economy is in the toilet, unemployment is rising every day, food prices are at an all-time high, the wars, and so on and so on. They don’t have to tell us what we already know. We’re living it every day.

I think they should all just get in a boxing ring and beat the crap out of each other and get it out of their systems. Then maybe they would get down to business: our country and the people who live in it.

Kathie Kelly


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