July 24, 2024

Letter to the Editor: The new session

A new legislative session is just around the corner. It just makes you giddy with the delight of anticipation of what our legislators can come up with this year to make our lives even more pure and blameless than they already are. I’m sure they have been studying various ways since they last were in session. After all, they have months and months to form study groups and rein in dissent. I would wager that the governor’s office and the legislative powers that be are prepared and ready to march.

Now, I’m not a masochist. I do not invite discomfort or misery, but since it seems to be inevitable and in our best interest, one has to accept it with unanimity; it’s just part of the package. Who am I to attempt the impossible of holding back the tide of authoritarianism emanating from our capitol. Everything is for our own good. Our legislators, specifically those of evangelical bent, are of the belief that their views and behavior should be enforced upon the rest of us. And, of course, this is the way it should be. It’s a democracy after all.

This has always been the case when a certain group gets to make all the rules; it really doesn’t matter which group is in charge at any given time. What is good for them, is good for everyone. Over the last couple of legislative sessions, here in Iowa, certain biases have been clearly shown. These include black people protesting, transgender children wanting to play sports and going to a different bathroom, women who think they should be in charge of their own bodies, librarians who provide literature to young minds, those who actually use marijauna and find it enjoyable, and so forth.

It’s all for our own good, you know. And since their intent is pure, i. e., for our benefit, we must accept whatever they do. After all, to protest would be anti-democratic and against the general will as some ancient philosophers supposed. And also after all, they know better than we what is good for us. Simply being recalcitrant is not a defense to the good and the true. And clearly, since we elected them, they do know what is good and whatever they do is in our interest even at first glance it is not so wonderful and even objectionable. So there you have it. Grin and bear it even if you have some doubts, for our legislators and our governor know what is best for you and me.

Richard E. H. Phelps II