As your editorial "Not Just for Wimps" (Oct. 25) so eloquently stated, something is very wrong with America when, according to Forbes magazine, the 400 richest Americans increased their personal wealth by 40% in one year, while at the same time libraries were closed for lack of money. How can this democracy continue with an increasingly illiterate and apathetic populace? It can't.
In 1836 Alexis de Tocqueville traveled across the United States in search of the essence of democracy in America. Fortunately, he departed this life long before the advent of the television age. I can only imagine how sad he would be if he saw what this invention has done to the electoral process. Since its birth only three things are important in an election: the candidate's appearance, voice and a simple positive positive message. There is no need to tell the truth; the last thing the electorate wants to hear are the facts. They want to be reassured and sentimental phrases will suffice. "It's morning in America." "America . . . a bright and shining city on a hill." "Go ahead, make my day."
This is a sad indication of what is important to the American people. The majority have made a conscious decision to remain uninformed. They would rather be entertained than educated. Sadly, these values are being passed on to the next generation.