Among the serious issues we as a nation must confront on the federal level it is vital that we pay attention to growing right-wing agitators on the local and state level. In Michigan and Wisconsin, for example, attempts to crush unions are in full cry and laws have been passed giving the Michigan legislature broad powers to take over towns and cities designated as incapable of carrying on their own affairs, never mind that representatives in those municipalities had been duly elected by the people in the region.

In our eagerness to avert what has begun to reveal itself as the conservative political slant in Congress we may have overlooked a dangerous creep at the state level that could cripple forward-looking policies and decent government. At a time when our language has become tortured and meaningless the public finds itself at the mercy of foolish, self –serving pols who sermonize about moralistic tenets but behave like scoundrels. Preachy religious advocates waste the people’s time ranting about abortion and the so-called “Defense of Marriage” Act and whether gays should be allowed to serve openly in the military. More serious people worry about protecting the environment and keeping special interests from decimating the treasury.