There was no surprise in the results of Iraq's sham presidential election. Saddam Hussein, running unopposed, won in a unanimous landslide.
Only slightly less predictable was the outcome of our own local elections, where incumbents swept the contests with only token opposition.
We point to the foregone results in Iraq as a clear illustration of that country's political repression. How do we explain the repeated re-election of career politicians who have allowed the local economy to flounder even while tax rates climb to new heights? How low must our community sink before we seek a local "change of regime?"
While Iraq's make-believe political landscape has been conjured by a homicidal tyrant, I would suggest our own political system is also morally bankrupt by design. A tyrannical nexus of special-interest monies, self-serving political organizations and power-bloated politicians have conspired to pervert our republican form of democracy. Sadly, I'm not sure which example I find more disturbing.
BRUCE D. MITCHELL