Greg Bruhn: Deep-pocket tyranny

July 11, 2014 

The writer of the July 7 letter “ Tyranny Monday” mentioned the negative aspects of residents demonstrating against the regressive policies and legislation enacted by some of our elected state officials.

While I do not condone or support the illegal or disrespectful actions of those who confront those who are promoting shortsighted and counterproductive legislation, I support the right of free speech, the right of free assembly and the right of voters to make informed decisions regarding candidates.

There is a form of tyranny that all of us would be wise to guard against. The tyranny of deep pockets. Prior to the 2012 presidential election, Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson (net worth more than $20 billion) was widely quoted as saying that he was willing to spend at least $100 million to defeat the re-election of President Obama.

I find the suggestion that the outcome of any election involving any candidate could be purchased by one individual’s political contributions to be tyranny of the highest order.

Greg Bruhn

Raleigh

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