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Editorial by Phyllis Stenerson
I’m going out on a limb here tosay the recent primaries for theRepublican nominee for Presidentof the United States were unique.Never before have national can-didates of one of the major politi-cal parties overtly directed theirappeal specifically to a narrowdemographic based on religion.This group includes about 20% of the population.Further exacerbating any sem-blance of normalcy or reason isthe influx of millions of dollars bysuper-rich donors, about 1% of thepopulation. Thanks to a two-year-old Supreme Court ruling, anony-mous donors can spend as much asthey want and say whatever theywant to influence voters. Verifi-able facts seem not to be necessary.Negative charges are more power-ful than critical analysis.
“Love, friendship and respect do notunite people as much as a common hatred for something.” Anton Chekhov
And this is just the early stage of what promises to be a long andgrueling election season. Imaginewhat will happen when the com-batants turn from their circular fir-ing squad to face the other party.American democracy is in a verydark place, absurdly out of balancewith money power dominatingpeople power and ideology trump-ing reason. At a time of criticalproblems including almost half thepopulation now living in poverty,serious deliberation is needed.
“The community is already in the process of dissolution where each man begins to eye his neighbor as a possible enemy, where nonconfor- mity with accepted creed, political aswell as religious, is a mark of disaf- fection and where orthodoxy chokes freedom of dissent.” Judge Learned Hand
Millions of regular citizens arerepelled by the nastiness of thepolitical process and won’t getinvolved. About 20% of the vot-ing population is at each end of the political spectrum dominatingthe process. That leaves about 60%who hold mixed worldviews – acombination of libertarian, con-servative, liberal and progressivedepending on the issue. Cognitivelinguist George Lakoff calls thesepeople biconceptuals. We usuallycall them swing voters, the middleor moderates. These are the peoplewho ultimately decide the elec-tions.I prescribe the same remedyrepeatedly: ratcheting up the leveland quality of citizen participationin our democracy. Boost the ener-gy way up!
“Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen whowould protect the rights and privi-leges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
Are there any political moderatesout there? In Uptown? Your voic-es are needed.Go to your caucus, contact neigh-bors and elected officials, join anorganization representing yourperspective, send money to theseorganizations. Do whatever ittakes to restore balance and sanityto the American political system.
“Democracy doesn’t work without citizen activism and participation, starting at the community…What’s right and good doesn’t come natu- rally. You have to stand up and fight for it – as if the cause depends on you, because it does. “ Bill Moyers
Send a Letter to the Editor toUptownNews@yahoo.com tellingthe community what you think.Don’t hold back!
(Information to put this commentaryinto context can be found atwww. ProgressiveValues.org.)