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Opinion Letters American Citizens Should Show Concern

One thing that should concern all American citizens is the obscene amount of money invading our political system and influencing everything we see and hear from most of our civic office-seekers.

One of Newt Gingriches’ most enthusiastic donors is one Sheldon Adelson, a multibillionaire who owns a significant portion of Las Vegas. He is equally passionate about defending Israel and insuring the security of the Jewish people. With over $21 billion in his checking account, supporting any candidate willing to start a war to achieve that aim is certainly affordable.

The question, is war with Iran inevitable, has already been approached by national media and the election of Newt Gingrich to the White House is a considerable step in bringing that goal to fruition. My hunch is, we would be in another conflict with the Arab world on the day Gingrich assumes office.

The last thing we need is another war with yet another sovereign Arab nation that, like Iraq, did not attack the United States. Iraq, I might add, with most of our military gone, with Iraq's President at odds with Iraq’s Vice President, borders on civil war. Have we not done enough to destabilize the Middle East? Our country’s highest priority should be to engage Iran tactfully, with prudence and with diplomacy. Unfortunately, there isn’t a statesman running for President, at least not from either of the two major parties. So we are very likely to send more men to die in the sand for politicians like Newt Gingrich who are bought and paid for by rich power brokers (like Sheldon Adelson) who have explicit agendas which are absolutely in conflict with the best interests of the United States.

We all would like to believe those we elect to represent us will always act in our best interests and in the best interests of our nation. Unfortunately, it’s become obvious to even the most casual political bystander, that the votes usually follow the money.

David L. Snell — Dillsboro, NC


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