In the 1960s, when America thought she was in the midst of a democratic revolution due to all the free sex and inspired music, the opposite was really happening.
One sign of the times is found in a lyric written by Sam Cooke, “Don’t know much about history, don’t know much biology, . . . but I do know that if you love me too, what a wonderful world it would be.”
Sam Cooke was shot and killed at age 33 in the midst of a spectacular rise in crime and violence in America. Such a trend is one of the surest indicators of the decline of democracy into a distinctly un-wonderful world. Lack of attention to history is another one.
Today’s debate pitting a woman’s control over her own body vs. a fetus’ right to live is not the crux of democracy. How the issue is solved is the crux.
It’s time for ordinary folks and big-shot leaders to get familiar with the Constitution before there’s no democracy left to sing about.
Woods Cross, Utah
(Former Goleta resident)