The people’s voice falls on deaf ears

April 19, 2010

Its curious that the disconnect between the people and the government noted by Ron Smith in his essay "The power of political protest on the wane in America" (April 16), coincides with the illusion of empowerment through the Internet. At the same time that citizens have access to more information, institutional entrenchment has created a government so impervious to change that there's not much they can do with it.

I remember George W. Bush dismissing one of the largest anti-war protests in American history against his imminent invasion of Iraq with a contemptuous quip about people having the right the express themselves, as if he were giving us permission. It affected him not in the slightest.

John G. Bailey, Edgemere

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