Letters to the Portland Phoenix editor, October 28, 2011
TEA PARTY POWER
I suggest Jeff Inglis check the prism through which he views the world. Seems he missed the Tea Party when evaluating the "largest and most popular reform movement" (see "Mayors, Media, Masses," October 21). I should remind you the Tea Party elected more than 20 members of Congress, one of whom is running for president (Michele Bachmann).
The 99 percent have at least 99 issues, which makes them hard to embrace, as a candidate may not like one (or more) of those issues. Plus a whiff of anarchy in the crowd may scare off some candidates.
VOTING IS MEANINGLESS
Richard Dodge and Jeff Inglis advised Occupy Mainers to be sure to register to vote (see "Mayors, Media, Masses," by Jeff Inglis, October 21). Guess they haven't gotten the message (and yes, we do have messages). Elected officials to a great extent dance to the tune of their fat-cat contributors. I realize that this may be less true in local politics. But in so many cases voting has become meaningless. Obama, whom I believed in so strongly, is a case in point. The good news is we have finally awakened to that fact. We are mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore.
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