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'Nays' defeat the 'Ayes'

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Nasty ads leave voters unsettled and agitated

By Hal Rhodes

“I never vote for anyone,” W. C. Fields supposedly once snorted. “I always vote against.”
Judging from comments I’ve been hearing lately, whole gobs of prospective voters are approaching their polling places this year with much the same mindset.
Another whole batch of prospective voters reportedly has no intention whatsoever of approaching their voting places this year.
It is a sad state of affairs for those who believe a government “of” and “by” the people depends upon a citizenry that embraces its civic duties and democratic responsibilities.
It’s not hard to understand why many voters are simultaneously disenchanted with and disengaged from the electoral process today.
Recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court’s dominant conservative majority have eviscerated laws designed to reform the worst excesses of campaign finance practices in this country and candidates favored by wealthy individuals and powerful interests this year have raked in obscene sums of money to spend on their campaigns.
We now know that many of the innocent-sounding outfits like American Future Fund sponsoring those misleading TV attack ads are actually fronts for anonymous fat-cat donors, often right wing, corporations and others Republican-leaning groups.


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