Albert Einstein is famously reported to have said that the definition of insanity was to continue doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results.
By that definition, it appears that America has gone stark raving mad.
Our economy is in tatters. We have mortgaged our children's future to the Chinese. We are mired in a state of perpetual war abroad and embarked on a ruinous course of nation building in distant, impoverished nations while our own infrastructure crumbles and decays around us. Our Congress is locked in perpetual gridlock, and our politicians are bought and paid for by lobbyists and corporate sponsors.
And faced with these potentially existential questions, we are now trundling into yet another presidential election cycle and to all appearances, prepared to limit our choices to one of the same two political parties which created this disaster in the first place.
Neither one of these two parties has changed anything about its policies and approaches. The Democrats remain dedicated to the worship of an ever-expanding government and a perpetual search for more revenue. The Republicans remain determined to protect their corporate sponsors and to let the "invisible hand" of the marketplace, the same one that brought us the Wall Street meltdown that bankrupted our nation, resolve all issues.
In the entire field of individuals running for president there is exactly one individual, Buddy Roemer, who is saying something different. He talks about pushing back against Chinese abuses of the free trade system, of reining in spending, of reforming the tax code and of getting Big Money and corruption out of politics. This is a man who, although a banker himself, has never foreclosed on a home or accepted a penny of bailout money from the federal government.
I say it's time we did more than give Mr. Roemer a second look. I say it's time we gave him a chance. Let's opt for some new answers. Let's opt for sanity.
Charles S. Faddis, Davidsonville