Re "Bush Vows to Take War on Terror to Hostile Nations, Calls for Unity," Jan. 30:
To accomplish several highly diverse, ambitious (and probably conflicting) goals, the president calls for bipartisanship. As our representatives attempt to resolve just how those initially appealing goals are to be interpreted and achieved, deep divisions are bound to exert powerful forces.
It appears that the president has not visibly recognized that the influence of big money has heavily distorted the democratic voting process in government. We have seen the nation's resources of all kinds increasingly stolen away from the public good and wasted. Campaign finance reform is a most essential first step that can restore some of the influence of the ordinary voting citizen on his or her representatives, and I am convinced that until major reform is brought into effect the state of the union will have a disastrous future.
Robert A. Willett
President Bush's speech consisted of boasts and promises made with transparent intent. Where is the honor in boasting that our nation's military defeated an unsophisticated, little-trained, under-armed, loosely assembled militia? Where is the dignity in a promise of deficit spending followed by proclamations of increased domestic funding for social projects?