Fed Up With Politics as Usual

RECEIVED Sun., Nov. 12, 2006

Dear Editor,
    The people have spoken. We took steps in this last election to take our country back from far-right political extremists, from the politics of doom and gloom and fear and political corruption run amuck. Last week the people found their voice. We threw out the macaca haters, the war hawks, and the fear mongers. Americans went to the polls to change the direction of this country, to support the values that this country was founded on, and to regain our moral compass. Six years under Republican rule, Katrina, and the quagmire in Iraq have taught Americans an important lesson: It does matter who runs our government, and competence is key.
    Many in the mainstream press and FOX News (“Fair and Balanced”) are labeling the Democrats who won last week as “conservative,” but do not believe them. The values and issues supported by the Democratic Party are supported by a majority of Americans. Do not believe them when they tell you that Americans are conservative. Americans are a progressive bunch, and we are the center.
    For those of you not up for re-election last week, this is your wake-up call.
    We are fed up with politics as usual. We are tired of the corruption and the scandals and placing the needs of rich corporations over the needs of working Americans. And voting to give yourselves raises, while not raising the minimum wage for 10 years. For lying to us and talking to us like we are stupid. For spending $2 billion on those ridiculous, embarrassing television ads. The people have spoken. We pay your salaries. You live in the people’s house. We want to be listened to. Not ignored. We expect our leaders to be honorable and to tell the truth. We expect you to represent the people’s interests. Not the special interests. We want to be inspired. Please inspire us. And remember ... we vote.
Jessica Ritter, Ph.D.
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