Thursday, October 3, 2013


Elizabeth Drew wrote an article in the New York Review of Books, September 26, 2013, that’s very much worth reading: “The Stranglehold on Our Politics”.

It’s long, it’s not cheery, and its main theme is not new as we watch the wreckers in Congress inflict paralysis on the country and intolerable pain on the most vulnerable, especially the poor. But it explains a lot about the lasting effects of low voter turnout in the mid-term elections of 2010.

The political vigilantes who have dictated the behavior of the Congressional Republicans feel that they have secured a lock on their power through the GOP’s control of a majority of state governments. However, they are generating a tide of anger as they show their downright meanness toward common people and extreme contempt for democracy. Will that be enough to prevent them from tightening their ‘stranglehold on our politics’ through another voter-suppressed mid-term election in 2014?

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