The Ottumwa Courier

November 10, 2012

Three threats going quietly into the night


SELMA — With the election decided, three of the most dangerous threats to the well-being of our nation must go quietly into the night.

The three? Mitch McConnell, Grover Norquist and Karl Rove.

McConnell shamed the reputation of the U.S. Senate three years ago, when from his respected position told us his singular purpose was the ouster of the president of the United States.

McConnell has not governed — only obstructed.

Grover Norquist, an ideologue with little credential, is the Pied Piper of legislative fools. He coerced many with his “no exception at any cost or your career is in peril” anti-tax pledge.

Norquist fools? Republicans in Congress who locked themselves into a position no wise leader should ever take over a multi-year span. 

Finally, Karl Rove.

Rove has led the way in undermining the “one-man-one-vote” principle of American Democracy. 

With obscene hoards of money from unknown sources, Rove attempted to buy the presidency while degrading the worth of your vote and mine in the process.

This election serves as a repudiation of tactics of hate, coercion and deceit. 

The hour on stage of McConnell, Norquist and Rove has passed.

Dave Helman