Not Optimistic About U.S.' Future

RECEIVED Fri., Jan. 9, 2004

Dear Editor,
   I wish I could agree with the optimistic thought that "within a few years of this massive dismantling most of those social structures will begin to be slowly rebuilt" ("Page Two," Jan. 9).
   First, the Republican Party is doing everything it can to ensure it will effectively dominate the federal government, perhaps forever. Redistricting Texas to prevent Democrats being elected could well lead to redistricting the nation. And the California recall vote shows how duly elected state officials can be discarded. Let's not forget the nonstop efforts by President Bush to load the courts with far-right judges, nor what happened in Florida in 2000.
   Then there are the American people who do not have the time to delve into issues and believe that being patriotic means supporting President Bush and Republicans. There's the media that has turned news into entertainment while giving short shrift to critical issues. And the Christian right who will vote for whoever publicly screams his religious beliefs (Christian, of course) the loudest.
   The final blow is the increasing gulf between the rich and the poor and middle class. The rich can afford medical care, needed medicines, and private schools. They can purchase any social structures needed. Will they pay higher taxes for those who can't?
Claude M. Gruener
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