Plato’s wisdom still relevant today

During a recent visit to the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, I noticed a framed quotation from Plato: “The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government is to live under the government of worse men.”

If you substitute “a demagogue” for “worse men,” it would better fit our present circumstances. And according to my old dictionary, a demagogue is “a leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace” not to mention untruths.

As we approach the end of the first year of the Trump presidency, it looks like quite a few voters might feel that they have made a big mistake. Even with a Republican congress, nothing is getting done (thank goodness). The “tax cut” is going to be the biggest fiasco ever as the Republicans take even more money from the middle class and poor and give it to those at the top of the economic ladder. “Trickle Down” just doesn’t work. It never did.

People want a living wage; they are tired of waiting for the tax cuts for the wealthy to trickle down to them. And they want affordable health care which the Republicans are going to take away. Medicare might suffer as well.

The Republicans are not interested in improving Obamacare or strengthening Medicare but they are interested in pouring more money into the Pentagon. The last I heard, the Pentagon cannot account for all the money they get now.

It is more and more evident that Russia, with help from the Trump Campaign, influenced our presidential election but the Republicans don’t want to go there. Evidently they don’t care.

I believe Obama and the Democrats bent over backward trying to be fair before the election and Trump just can’t leave it alone. President Obama and Secretary Clinton still seem to be a threat to him as he struggles in a job that he is not competent to handle.

Plato’s wisdom is still relevant today. We need competent people to run for office that will put country ahead of party and work together for all of us, not just those wealthy folks and businesses that put them in office and then expect lower taxes and more favorable treatment in return.

We have had enough of that.

Carol Lazear Mitchell

Marietta