Dear editor,

Fair is one of the most abused words in the English language. Virtually everyone says they are for it. There is far less agreement to what “fair” consists of. The Devil is truly in the details. The word is not the problem. It’s the dangling definitions that people try to attach to the word.

In a country of several hundred million people, everyone has their own personal unspoken gut feeling definition of the word. Unfortunately, when laws are crafted by the legislative community, not everyone has their gut feelings definition of the word “fair” enacted. Passed and signed into law legislation, lacks the ability to clearly focus on large numbers of individual opinions. Way too many shades of gray.

For some candidates for elected office and their supporters, losing will never ever be fair. It is beyond their ability to personally accept the situation. The gears and levers of government power should belong to them. They retreat into self-denial and dream of the worlds that might have been. If only they or their candidate had been elected.

Free everything and let someone else foot the bill is not a coherent thought, but that is the direction that politics in this country is trending. This is not Utopia, The Promised Land, or sound government. It is the America version of the ancient Roman practice of “Bread & Circuses.”

Many opinions carry more weight than others, often these opinions can be formed into voting blocks of thought. Some people refer to these blocks as special interest groups. In the political sphere, special interest groups are an attack phase. You are supposed to have a negative view of their existence.

Depending on your point of view, SIG may be bad or they may be good. What is your point of view? Most people are their most special interest group. Me, Myself and I. They just don’t view it that way.


Danny Yochum