As the expression of disbelief goes, "You are pulling my leg!" To this reader's mind, I'd wonder why the numbers are as high as they are. Electeds in Congress seem to be competing with California for bragging rights as to which spot in this country has the worst drought: the withered San Joaquin Valley, or wizened minds under the capitol dome.
The last 16 (presumably I'll say this in 2016, too) years of wonky "leaders" in the nation's capital have kept me away from the polls. "Garbage in, garbage out," as one astute comedian and commentator once summed up. The hypocrites in office claim to serve their constituents, but really, seriously, more and more they demonstrate otherwise by simply feathering their own nests. "The Millionaire's Club" is not a joke, it's a pathetic reality. We live in a plutocracy and resist the thought of a vanquished democracy. But the bureaucrats have stacked the deck.
Is there one reason why our government seems more adulterated than at any other time? Yes, there is: People do fall from grace, their natures are so. Safeguards (aka, laws), once in place to check corruption, have been removed; a greed stains this land, a political ebola. As Pogo expressed it, "We have met the enemy and he is us."
In 1919, W. B. Yeats wrote a poem with the words, "The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity." With few exceptions, those words apply to the people sent to Washington in our time. I do not think this will soon change, no matter what percentage of the electorate goes to the polls. It is beyond sad.
Without hope for reform, turnout will continue to dwindle.
There will be no Second Coming.
-- BINK OWEN, Walla Walla