Dissing the people
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In a recent column, George F. Will asserts that starting with FDR, the Democratic Party has created a variety of special-interest groups to which it is now captive ("Voters, Are You Bluffing?" Aug. 30). Those special-interest groups include public employees, unionized workers, farmers, the poor, women, minorities, environmentalists and the handicapped. He goes on with the usual Republican lament over the failure of government to protect "natural rights."
"Natural rights" in this context can be read as the protection of private property of the wealthy against any societal encumbrances. Such protection is considered paramount, apparently no matter how compelling the human need and even though these encumbrances have resulted in the indispensably stable society in which the wealthy prosper.
One other thing, not long ago we used to call those demonized special-interest groups ... people.
MICHAEL C. JOYCE
First Published September 10, 2012 12:00 am