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Detach elections from corporate interests

I am older now, but I was once a student. I remember what America was.

In 1962, I was in Key West and watched American ships armed with nuclear weapons sailing to Cuba. I remember how it was when we tried to avert war, not create it. After the Kennedy-Nixon debates, it became apparent the media wanted to crown a homecoming king who would look good on TV and pander to corporate interests, not elect a president who would serve the common good.

That is why I am writing. Iowa is getting hosed. Texas Congressman Ron Paul is winning straw poll after straw poll and simultaneously getting summarily ignored by the same corporate-owned interests that brought us the TARP bailout, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, economic catastrophe, massive foreclosures, and unpayable college tuition. While I am a political independent, I am an American first. Therefore, I am asking students to act like intellectuals, not sheep.

The public financing of elections — and giving equal time to all — would go a long way to restore "Republic" to the United States of America envisioned by Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Founders.

Glenn Seaman
Madison, Wis.

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