Will of the people

Of all the things that could trigger pessimism about today's disrupted world, the stunted state of self-awareness on the radical right tops my list. Not only does it create the immediate challenge of trying to reason with true believers, it portends a downward spiral toward intellectual infancy. When a group is certain that it's own narrow view is the thing that should matter most, there's little hope for common ground.

William D. Thomas Jr. came from Hendersonville to attend the event. Thomas said he and his wife wrote a letter to Attorney General Roy Cooper urging him to join a multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care bill. Cooper has since declined to join the suit. Thomas said he never heard a response from Cooper. "We felt like we were being ignored," he said.

Earlier Wednesday, Democratic House Speaker Joe Hackney said he was not inclined to give a hearing to a bill written by Republicans that seeks to exempt the state from requirements from the health care bill. Thomas said Democrats are ignoring the will of the people. "We end up as citizens being slighted by the ego of the party in power," he said.

With all due respect, Mr. Thomas, you are not "the people." You're just a guy, like me, with an opinion. Get over yourself.

Our society needs help addressing real problems of human suffering. Government can and should play a role in meeting that challenge. Not the only role, not even the lead role, but a role nonetheless. Right now our collective ability to do that work is made harder by a tax structure that leans to far in favor of the wealthiest among us. Maybe you could help us change that.

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Sometimes I just want to cry

I remember all those days and nights of anger and upset about George W. Bush's staggering assault on America's moral and fiscal integrity, his sheer incompetence, his wars. Not once did I think my view about his pathetic presidency represented the will of anyone besides myself. The thought of claiming I was a spokesperson for "the people" would be so absurd as to defy consideration.

Maybe

Mr. Thomas feels like he and others of like mind are being ignored because

Democratic House Speaker Joe Hackney said he was not inclined to give a hearing to a bill written by Republicans that seeks to exempt the state from requirements from the health care bill

It's kind of hard to battle it out in the arena of ideas when you're not allowed entry to begin with. Don't you think you're reading into Mr. Thomas' statement a little too much here, James?

Human Suffering

Our society needs help addressing real problems of human suffering.

Yes it does and any help that begins or ends with the government will only create more suffering. Don't take my word for it. Wait 5-10 years.