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Reader Opinion: Election time again

It's election time again--seems like a never-ending cycle. Electioneering and fundraising are the first priority of nearly every national elected official. Money has become the means to the end, insuring political survival. The equation for elect...

It's election time again-seems like a never-ending cycle. Electioneering and fundraising are the first priority of nearly every national elected official. Money has become the means to the end, insuring political survival. The equation for election has become: money equals media presence equals election. Those seem to have become the rules and they are strictly enforced.

Campaign spending has become an incredible profit stream for the economic aristocracy, and they have changed the rules to ensure just that.

Money has become the lifeblood of our nation and those that control and manipulate it decide the direction of this nation.

Now, there are two ways to try to change that reality. One way is to try to tinker with the mechanism of this juggernaut of a system that is built to prevent change. And the other is to find someone outside the system who will attack the systemic problems of the concentration of wealth and power by taking us back to democracy, giving control of our nation and our future back to the citizens.

There will arise a candidate who will continually and clearly speak of the necessity for this kind of change to correct the corruption of money and the abuses of power that follow that corruption.

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There is nothing radical about moving back to a citizen-dominated democracy, and citizens will flock to support any such candidate. The good citizens are ready to go that direction, as they were last time around.

It's time for citizens to stand up to insist on democracy once again. That requirement is non-partisan. It is after all, our heritage.

Bob Passi

Baxter

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