The purpose of a democratic form of government is to both facilitate and implement the will of the people. With regard to the legalization of marijuana, the people’s will in Maine has been expressed.

Do we regard the present stalemate regarding this issue as a failure of our governmental form or rather a manifestation of the power and conceit of the leadership of our state?

Furthermore, we must ask ourselves whether these malignant traits of leadership are endemic in the leaders at the highest level of our national government.

If the answer to each of these questions is “yes,” as I believe, we must conclude that we are being bullied in a way no different than seen in the schoolyard.

John Driscoll