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Open Forum: Moral issues are distracting

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opinion Brainerd, 56401

Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

First, the Supreme Court rendered a split decision last year that allows corporations to donate to election campaigns. They don’t need to identify themselves or how much they donate or what causes they espouse. What a great way to influence everything from Wall Street regulations, environmental laws, energy policy and countless other loopholes. Then yesterday, the Supreme Court sided with big business once again in a decision to throw out the Walmart class action suit. Fifty percent of this country’s population should be pretty upset. We should each take a little time and think about the ramifications of these two decisions. Class warfare is not a thing of the past.

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What’s the best way to keep people oppressed without them realizing it? You’d attack education because it’s the best defense of a health democracy. Make it unaffordable (see the reduction in school grants and loans and skyrocketing tuitions) and undermine the teachers by taking away their bargaining rights. (See Wisconsin)! You’d also want to lower standards and “dumb down” the discourse so the masses get used to lower intellectual standards. (See Fox News). Then spread the word that raising taxes is somehow the root of all evil because it leads to “big government.” When I think of government, I think of police and firefighters, filling potholes, taking care of the most vulnerable in our communities, inspecting our food and keeping our water supply safe, among other rather important functions that we seem to take for granted lately. (See pending state shutdown). If that’s “big government,” so be it!

The clincher is to use so called “moral issues” to further distract those who vote with their emotions instead of their brains. So, the stage is set. Watch for more talking points, then follow the money.

Rachel M. Johnson

Rural Brainerd

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