Letter to the Editor of Gainesville (FL) Sun
If you think that you can trust government, ask the American Indians. We get the government that we deserve. We, the American public, are complicit in our own demise because we turn a blind eye to the fact that, in politics, money not ideas is power.
We are lead to believe that the ballot and the sheer numbers of voters secure our rights as American citizens. Nothing could be further from the truth. To paraphrase Gore Vidal – It makes no difference who you vote for – the two parties are really one party representing one percent of the people with enough money to get them elected or re-elected.
We have been cajoled, by politicians, into believing that a campaign contribution is an inherent expression of free speech. At a contribution of a dollar at a time that argument might hold some water but with the campaign coffers of each party rising to the tune of ONE BILLION DOLLARS we are fast affirming that “what is good for Wall Street or General Motors is good for our nation.” Recent events have taught us otherwise
Our so-called representatives mock our Founding Father’s belief that they are only entrusted with the seat of power to do the will of the people. In the absence of justifiable and sustained citizen outrage we are affirming that choosing one’s government does not necessarily secure our freedom. Until “We the People” assert ourselves representative government is only a myth perpetuated by self-serving politicians in search of campaign funds.