Harsh words. But now here’s the shocking part: The newspaper then endorsed Snyder’s reelection!Lessenberry comments on the cost of running for office, and says:
They did this because they said in spite of all that, the governor had shown leadership skills, and felt Democrat Mark Schauer had failed to show he could lead anywhere.
What the paper is saying, whether it realizes it or not, is that our system just isn't working.
What’s most stunning about that is not who the newspaper is supporting. Anyone reading their full endorsement article might be more inclined to apply for asylum in Canada than vote at all. What the paper is saying, whether it realizes it or not, is that our system just isn’t working. Not for you; not for me. Not for our state.
And that may just be the biggest story of all.
So, how can normal, decent, non-wealthy people run for office without selling their souls to special interests?He concludes by saying:
Increasingly they can’t, and don’t.
Eight days from now, we’ll have a national election in which a majority of those eligible to vote won’t even bother.
History has many examples of societies where citizens felt helpless before a system they felt powerless to change.
Usually, what eventually happens isn’t pretty.