Democracy at RiskIn response to my article published as "Obama and status quo doesn't work"
in the June 10, 2012 issue of the Orlando Sentinel as a letter to the
editor, it should be noted that the article as submitted was
heavily edited by the Sentinel editorial staff prior to publication and
without my knowledge. The Sentinel ahs a 250 word limit on
submitted items; they chose to leave out 31 words of my submission,
highlighted in red below. The total submitted article appears
(or "31 Missing Words")
"I am upset with Obama and
the Democrats. As a liberal, this may seem antithetical.
After four years the economy remains a mess, those responsible go
unpunished, and regulatory reforms and serious jobs programs out of
congress are essentially non-existent. We elected hope and were
given Chicago school economics.
don’t spend much time defending the president; I remind my conservative
friends that the Republican party controls the legislative agenda and
congressional funding. Yes, I’m more angry with them, but
the real problem isn’t about political dogma, it’s about political
influence exerted by those who contribute large sums to political
campaigns and our collective acquiescence to the corruption that
What is playing out here and in Europe is
about maintaining the status quo; saving economic and political
institutions that don’t work for the people and maintaining the
interests of the corporate and wealthy elite. We play along
because we want stability, because we feel helpless, and because this
is the only system we have known.
It is a Faustian
bargain and we suffer the consequences; our system prioritizes profits
over investment, creates crumbling national infrastructure, decimates
educational and research investment, has reduced our standard of
living, and condemns a generation of youth to unemployment and limited
We must elect politicians who promote
better policies and programs over ideology, and we must stop turning a
blind eye to a system which promotes corruption over the needs of the
people, otherwise we are complicit in the results."
article above was meant to highlight the problem of campaign finance
and the influence of large contributions on all political campaigns
In their failure to act on critical issues
facing our country I don't commend either party and I regret the hard
feelings this stand may have generated toward me and this
position. But the fact remains that as long as we treat
corporations like individual entities with the same rights as normal
citizens, as long as we lack transparency in all forms of political
donations, and as long as we fail to investigate corruption in our
government, our democracy is at risk and people need to wake up to this
Doug Maukonen, 14 June 2012, Flag Day!