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Time for a revolution

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Is there anybody left on the fence about the negative intentions of this Republican House of Representatives?

First, they take food out of the mouths of the neediest by cutting money for food stamps, and then they vote to defund the Affordable Care Act – previously known as Romneycare – which is intended to be a safety net for those who don’t have health insurance.

Clearly we need to have another revolution in this country, and the causation would be the same as the last one: Taxation without representation.

Forty votes have been taken to overthrow the Affordable Care Act. Has this done anything more than waste a tremendous amount of time for Congress? Innumerable polls have shown that the majority of the country wants the act, and in the last presidential election, its primary supporter was re-elected. Yet the Republicans continue to vote against this reform without offering an alternative.

For many years, I fought the idea of term limits, thinking elections perform the necessary service. The pervasive influence of money has changed that. Thanks to corporate personhood, we now have the best Congress that money can buy.

Unfortunately, it is the people with all the money who are doing the buying, and their minions are kept in office as long as they protect the wealth of their handlers. It’s time for “We the People” to stand up and let Congress know who they really work for in this representative democracy.

Nat Leighton

Crystal Lake

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