, Salem, MA

March 18, 2013

Letter: My regrets

The Salem News

---- — Editor’s note: The writer notes that after this letter was written, the Violence Against Women Act was passed, but there were still more than 20 Republicans who voted against it.

To the editor:

I regret that I have become such a cynic.

I regret that our politicians are politicians, not statesmen.

I regret that they are no longer in public service. They are in it for themselves, the voters be damned.

I regret our elected officials are not listening to their constituents. They vote their own agenda, not the will of the people.

I regret our political leaders think that we are not capable of thinking for ourselves or smart enough to make informed decisions.

I regret that while the rest of the country experienced an economic depression, somehow their overall financial worth increased an average of 17 percent.

I regret that our country is split so divisively that the good of the country, the citizens, the economy or the states are no longer as important as opposing anything one party suggests to the other.

I regret that the two major parties have stopped speaking to each other, other than to blame one another for any and all failures that occur while in office.

I regret that the campaigns have gotten so dirty and full of lies and accusations. Promises are broken before the votes are even counted.

I regret that the children of undocumented aliens who need a path to citizenship with the DREAM Act can’t get a vote. Seniors who have paid into Social Security and Medicare are threatened with cutting “entitlements” after years of funding.

I regret that the latest horrific mass murder of our children at Newton, Conn., isn’t enough to bring the fanatics about gun control to the table.

I regret that the moderators of the left and right are outnumbered or outshouted.

I regret that there is no middle ground upon which to meet anymore.

I regret that the campaign for the next election starts an hour after the newly elected president is sworn in, and lasts a long, long four years until the next president is inaugurated and then starts all over again.

But most of all, I regret that the next time I listen to a campaign speech, I’ll have hope. The speechwriters know what the American people want to hear, and they deliver. I will begin to believe and then ... I’ll regret it all over again.

Rosalie Kaufman