Mr. Hayes's faith in constant striving to achieve reform is touching but not convincing. We do not have a politically savvy electorate, one educated to the responsibilities of citizenship. Most do not understand the Bill of Rights, and most do not have the time nor the inclination to keep informed even about local government. It could be that they would have more interest if there were a number of political parties, not just two, that could express their interests rather than the oligarchs'. Systemically, in the United States, this has not proved possible for very long. Our Constitution does not promote citizen participation.
Repairing our systemic problems reminds me of the contention between an auto mechanic and a cardiac surgeon: Why, asks the mechanic, do you get paid so much more than me? We both fix engines, which are pumps with valves and hoses. The cardiologist replies: True, but can you fix an automobile engine while it is running?
There are no constitutional cardiologists.
Alvin D. Hofer
St. Petersburg, FL
Jan 16 2010 - 10:52am