Grassroots can have a voice
Saturday, March 23, 2019
There have been a plethora of newspaper articles concerning the socialist leaning of the Democratic Party and the fear this will prevent a Democratic victory in the next presidential election.
I was pleased that op-ed columnists Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift identified Paul Manafort’s excesses as worthy of note. A much more expansive and informative article is: Paul Manafort, American Hustler https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/03/paul-manafort-american-hustler/550925/
In 1967, the article reports, there were less than 100 lobbyists. By the 1990s the number was 10,000. Tragically, many of our federal elected officials owe their allegiance to corporations. The swamp Donald Trump has repeatedly decried was orchestrated by Paul Manafort and those like him.
In my work with the Greenville Advocacy Team I had the honor of meeting Walter B. Jones last year. I can attest to his integrity and passion for this nation. He was very concerned about the influence of money in politics and the endless wars the United States is involved in. He treated us with respect and listened attentively to what we were asking. I left feeling like I was participating in a great democracy.
This year the team hopes to schedule meetings with Rep. Butterfield and Sens. Burr and Tillis to share with them some of our concerns. I hope and pray we will be received with the open heartedness shown to us by Walter B. Jones.