Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Listen up Washington

I don’t believe I’ve ever seen such a mish-mash of political gobbledygook from seemingly intelligent and experienced people since politics became contention and compromise became a dirty word.

I’m not sure when the negativity of politics usurped the commonality of hope, the discourse of positive discussion and the courtesy of colleagues, but it has happened and I’m not happy.

The contention in Washington, the contagion of antagonism between republicans and democrats is as corrosive to our democracy as has been the relinquishment of our constitutional freedoms to assuage the fear of terrorism promoted by a central government for bellicose ends.

Contention and fear are detrimental to finding fair solutions to our mounting problems of debt reduction, balanced entitlements, fair taxation and economic stability through a sustainable economy.

These guys and gals in Washington are not listening. Both sides are myopic in a gang mentality just to beat the opposition. That is not governing. That is control for the sake of power and it will be the downfall of our nation if we the people let it continue.

We the people have more power than Washington ever imagined. Let us use it. Our constitution states that government derives its power from the consent of the governed. “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government…as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

Collectively congress has a 14% approval rating. If our elected representatives  can’t be civil, if they can’t be courteous, if they won’t compromise then we can put people in their place that will work for the good of the whole forsaking partisan preferences and find the tough solutions that work for the greater good.

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