I want to thank James Carroll for expressing exactly what I and I am sure countless others have been feeling during this election season (“America’s kidnapped politics,” Op-ed, Oct. 29). I have watched with dismay the amount of money poured into the campaign to buy influence, to persuade us to believe things that we know to be untrue, that do not conform to reality or even come close to addressing our deepest needs. Instead we are subjected to a show, which can be compared to any television reality show, appealing to the worst in us with superficial and trivial concerns.
Put another way, it is like watching a prize fight with each side looking for a knockout punch. We have watched truth treated as dispensable and lies accepted as necessary to win. But what are we getting with all this drive? What are we winning?