Letter: Mourning election outcome
I’ll be wearing black for a while in mourning for the loss of dignity, reason and just plain humanitarian goodness displayed in the outcome of the election last week. There are some bright spots; Sen. Al Franken retained his position, as did Gov. Hickenlooper, for instance. However the re-election of Mitch McConnell to the Senate with certainty that he will become the majority leader, is, in my opinion, a death knell to many of the social programs that have evolved in the U.S. in recent years.
As minority leader, McConnell’s shamefully stated goal to make Obama a one-term president and his obstruction of our president at every turn is a mockery of statesmanship. And then to use Obama’s “failure,” (largely McConnell-induced) along with millions of dollars in campaign funds, to taint Democratic candidates by association is, again, shameful.
Cory Gardner’s election has the same aroma in his defeat of Mark Udall. Saddest of all is that it worked and we have lost the high values and experience of a fine public servant.
Bill Moyers, in one of his commentaries about wrongdoing in the government, asked, “Where is the rage?” Well, some of it is right here, but most of it, I think, is not realized or expressed because we are not investing as we should in education. Too much of our population is not aware of what is going on in the country. Too many people have not learned how to think critically about the information they receive and the decisions they make.
This is a job for our schools, but it takes money. And allocating that money seems not to be high on our priority list. Instead, it is accumulating at the top and being used to secure the status of those who are already well off.
We like to rhapsodize about our democracy in contrast to authoritarian dictatorships, but I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to liken the power of money in swaying elections to the power of single-minded megalomaniacs who rule with ruthless intent.
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