The day after election in the USA proves that big money can steer us down the road to less democracy.
These voters who elected GOP governors and senators like to think that they are participating in a process that gives them a voice in their government.
In my opinion, and everybody has one, they did just the opposite. They voted for the biggest loudspeaker.
If we look at the Republican agenda, they would take us back to the former bad old days, where we rank in the lowest levels of health care, education, and infrastructure building.
They could not make compromises when they were in the minority, so what makes us think that they will compromise now when they have the power to steer the country according to their own misguided thinking?
We will have more pollution, more global warming, more ill health for the lower economic strata, and more cat fights in government.
However, there is a bright spot in all this and that is Berkeley California, the forward thinking educated city that is always in the vanguard of progress.
This city brought us free speech in public discourse, the start of the end of the Viet Nam debacle, and the leadership in the fight against Big Tobacco.
Now the voters will see a tax on Big Soda, and hopefully protect the public from addiction to the sugar industry through consumption of ever more poisonous and chemically laced drinks.
The industry that spent millions to defeat this law care not about the dentist bills incurred by the public consuming their products, or the obesity and diabetes that follow by indulging in high calorie foods.
As long as the bottom line for the business is good, who cares about the overall health of the nation?
Big Tobacco, Big Energy, Big Sugar and Big Pharma do not have the middle class welfare in mind, as has been proven by all the ads to promote evil products and court fights to protect the profits.
So- my thanks to you fair city- now we have to work to change the rules of engagement in San Francisco so that a statement can be made to Big Money in general, that sometimes the good of the people has to be backed up with laws containing teeth. Berkeley did it, so can the rest of us.