CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In his Nov. 6 Gazette op-ed, Ed Rabel told us that West Virginia voter turnout is low because of our disillusionment with self-serving incumbent Republicans and Democrats. Then he announced that he is running for the open 2nd District congressional seat as the Mountain Party candidate because "one man can make a difference."
In support, he quotes the closing lyrics from "What One Man Can Do" as written and performed by John Denver. But he left out these earlier lines:
"It's hard to tell the truth when no one wants to listen.
When no one really cares what's going on.
And it's hard to stand alone, when you need someone beside you.
Your spirit, your faith must be strong."
John made a good living tilting lyrically at windmills. He was convinced that fame had come to him by provenance so he would have a bully pulpit from which to talk the rest of us into making the world better. Indeed, like John, most in the Mountain Party have their hearts in the right place.
The antithesis of the Mountain Party is the tea party, which Mr. Rabel quite rightly took to task for their recent irresponsible shutdown and blackmail shenanigans in the House of Representatives. He mentioned that some folks say he has no hope against entrenched politicians.