In response to Robert F. Wilsonâ€™s Dec. 16 letter, â€œElections distract from the job at handâ€?: Have you lost your mind? This is not a time to be tinkering with the Constitution.
The Republicans canâ€™t be trusted to make it â€œbetter.â€? They would slip in some provision like â€œunless in time of warâ€? or something else allowing their boy W to get â€œreelectedâ€? until the day he dies. What we need to do is somehow make it through another four years without any changes more drastic than what we have had to live with so far.
One change that we canâ€™t, as a democracy, live with is what has happened to the news sources we depend on for information. We need to understand that political and corporate interests have corrupted them. These â€œnewsâ€? corporations now tell us what they want us to hear and what they want us to understand.
If everyone saw pictures of the dead women and children in Iraq or the burn marks on tortured Iraqi bodies placed there by U.S. Marines and sanctioned by our government we wouldnâ€™t be in this war. If we all saw the gaffes and stuttering from Bush during the debates or people being kicked out of his rallies for wearing T-shirts saying â€œprotect our civil libertiesâ€? or if we all saw the loyalty oaths people had to sign just to enter the rally in the first place we would not have elected him.
San Luis Obispo