Republic columnist Linda Valdez uses her quick hit to chastise the common folks for using platitudes, yet she is oblivious that her solutions--a call for "Jobs" and "Opportunity"--are themselves platitudes and what's worse is that she manages to fall back on three tired cliches into a few short sentences.
These are not happy days in the Land of Opportunity. With unemployment too high and the politicians too self-interested, it seems like we are about to enter another election cycle of frustration and anger. Instead of focusing on a partisan game of "throw the bums out," maybe Americans should focus on a nonpartisan effort to hold the feet of the current bums to the fire. It's time for jobs, not platitudes.
Let's leave the awful writing aside for a moment and focus on the quick hit itself; the statement makes absolutely no sense. How can you hold a Congressman's feet to the fire without threatening to throw the bums out? The only way that constitutents can put pressure on Congressmen is through elections. So how do you focus on one and not the other?
It's easy to say, well, that's just Linda, consider the source. However, Linda occasionally gets to write anonymous editorials that speak for the entire paper. Those are often as disjointed and inchoherant as this one and occassionally, the editorials are completely wrong--like her SB 1070 analysis--and cause a firestorm.
The trade off with the main stream media used to be that what they lacked in technical education, they made up with solid analytical skills and good writing. So what does Linda provide to readers?