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Who governs best?

A couple of commentaries from the Feb. 4 Opinion page seem to identify two fundamentally different concepts of who is the real architect of truly effective governance. Conservative Byron York in referring to President Barack Obama states ” … perhaps [Obama is] not really cut out for – or up to – the job.”

On the same page, referring to the recent death of activist Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman states that in terms of designing and building lasting governmental structure, Zinn clearly identified not politicians but ” … those ‘unknown people’ who have shaped this country” as being our truly effective leaders.

I’m left with a question then regarding our country: Where does the power lie here and now that can effect real and needed democratic change – is it concentrated in the hands of President Obama as hinted by York or indeed is the primary responsibility broadly distributed and available to each of us as implied by Zinn? And if the latter, the real question it would seem is, are we as individual citizens prepared and “really cut out for – or up to – the job”?



Terry Fieldhouse

Nevada City


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