It’s a couple of weeks after election day and we now should be feeling pretty good…feel like good times are just around the corner and New Beginnings presage the promise of a sunny future.

We should feel it’s the dawn of a new day, and that we are making a fresh start. Hopefully, eager new talent brought to bear on old intractable problems will be the cure for what ails us. That will be undeniably true in a few, select instances, but overall I have to confess to not feeling good about the process that produced this election day and I’m not optimistic about the results.

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As the late Jesse Unruh observed, “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” But how sour it tasted in the recent election cycle. Countless millions were raised by Florida Democrats, and even more millions raised by Florida Republicans. Huge amounts of money contributed for individual races and ballot issues.

Democracy should not be this costly…or is this simply proof that we have moved on to a full-fledged plutocracy? Perhaps I’ll try to temper my dyspepsia with the words of Winston Churchill; “Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

Source: Excerpt from article in the Miami Herald written by Michael Putney

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