My two siblings and I recently buried our father at Arlington National Cemetery with full honors. I left with a feeling of peace and closure.
During the car trip back home, my "patriotic high" morphed into an introspective look into my country, and our politics. My country has radically changed during my 62 years, with the biggest change being the shrinking of the middle class. The state of our politics is directly responsible.
It has become the rule rather than the exception to watch representatives use the apathy and ignorance of the majority, as well as the power and wealth of the few as a conduit to higher office. This seems to be the new norm for political advancement. Unfortunately this strategy seems to win elections.
Please make no mistake, I am a registered conservative who still wants to win -- but not like this.
Carl Singer, Hicksville