The Siren song
To the Editor:
The Siren's of Greek mythology would by their singing cause ships to be driven to destruction on the rocks of the sea. It appears that to the registered American voter we still are caught up in the destructive songs of the so-called "Two Major Political Parties." Ah yes, with one national nominating convention down and one yet to come stanza after stanza has been or will be sung to the tune of attracting yet more to the side of one party or the other. And that is basically the downfall of politics and elections in our day.
The last three general elections show us by voting percentages to be almost equally divided regarding what we expect from civil government. Apparently we believe the purpose of government is to "take care of us," or to "leave us to take care of ourselves." Sadly too often those of the latter category only hold that position until or unless it has something to do with what they want, and then they're all for government assistance or intervention.
So in actuality [cynicism and reality are very closely related] all of us really want government taking care of us. An idea so foreign to those who initiated our freedom from England in 1776 that they might call us Tories! Napoleon Bonaparte said it well: "A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights." The same idea set forward by novelist Orson Scott Card states: "If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side."
So educated American voting public [an oxymoron for sure] get ready to go to the trough again, and as you get poorer, more dependent, less free, and more controlled in any way you can imagine by centrist government don't be surprised when it's your turn on the chopping block if your "Oink-Oink" isn't heard.
John E. Simpson