Phony issues cloud elections
Shirley Thomas’ Dec. 23 letter, “Next election not soon enough”, is an excellent analysis of the Republican dominance and its consequences for Indiana and the nation.
Why do regular folks vote against their own interests by voting for the Republicans? Many teachers, labor union members and others voted for the Republican Party or even the tea party candidates.
The reason is that Republicans are very effective in fooling the naive among us. Historically, they created phony issues to arouse emotions and make people believe that their way of life is under threat. Remember phony issues like the posting of the Ten Commandments in public places, the controversies of evolution and creation, the non-existent threat of Sharia law, and the lies about WMDs in Iraq?
How is it that voters do not think about the real issues like the excessive concentration of wealth in a few hands, the erosion of our civil liberties, the outsourcing of our jobs, and the shifting of our factories to foreign lands just for the sake of profits, and the Republican attacks on Social Security and Medicare?
Occasionally voters get smart. Tea party-backed Richard Mourdock lost the election because of his infamous statement on rape. It was a deplorable statement.
Republicans are a majority in the House. and the result is the fight for the lower taxes for the super rich. They are holding the middle class tax cut hostage for the sake of the super rich. Why are those phony issues not even mentioned now?
— Khwaja A. Hasan
Formerly of Terre Haute
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