Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 31, 2011 7:20 AM

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We need real change

As the old saying goes, repeating the same action and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. We’re, then, insane in America.

Washington is broken, and if we want a new direction, then we must make sacrifices. We have a history of greatness that stems from selflessness, but we cannot depend on our past. Politicians choose tactical rhetoric to bolster the aura of our exceptionalism, yet we cannot be exceptional when corrupt politicians continue to consolidate the wealth in this country. The saddest part is we know all this, yet we continue to lie dormant.

The revolutions of 2011 in the Middle East and North Africa reflect our future. Something closer to home? The tuition hike on top of our budget cuts here at the University of Iowa. Look back over that pond we crossed about 400 years ago: Students in London are transforming anger into activity.

This is not outlandish, farfetched, or fictitious; rather it is a practical outlook. But we continue to allow polarizing partisanship to dominate the conversation, instead of uprooting the wrongs. My utopia is a government that maintains a moral compass to trump the perpetual cycle of greed in Washington.

President Kennedy once said, “An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” So the only question left is: when?

Mark Lavery
UI student

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