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Blame ‘oneupmanship’


To the Editor:

Recently a letter-writer suggested the answer to our problems in Washington would be to elect more Republicans. As I reflect upon this suggestion, I have to wonder where the author of that letter has been for the past 10 years. Many of the problems we currently have in Washington are the direct result of the inept policies of the Bush administration and his Republican cronies. That's not to say the Democrats have clean hands, they do not. But we cannot solve the problem by putting more of the folks who have contributed to the problem in office; doing so will only make things worse.

Consider what is happening in Washington at this time. The Democrats suggest legislation, and the Republicans, regardless of what is being suggested, just vote no. This is being done, just so legislation can be blocked without regard to whether the legislation will benefit the country. Democrats used this tactic when they were in the minority. It's a battle of "one-upmanship." There is a complete and utter unwillingness to compromise and communicate in Washington; and both parties are guilty. As a result, nothing is getting better, and things are breaking down. I think each of us has to ask ourselves why that is. If you do that, what you may find is that "we the people" are much of the problem. After all, we put these people in office with our votes. And "we the people" have refused to vote many of these folks out of office for one reason or another.

In every election, we have an opportunity to vote, if we choose to do so. And in every election we have the opportunity to make a change in the system, if we choose to do so. Many of us just choose not to make the change. Change is scary, and it requires us to consider the unknown. So when the opportunity to make change arises, many of us choose the status quo. Why is it that we ask for change, but then vote for the same old candidates we always have when we could vote for change? We keep voting for the incumbents, because they are the incumbents. Or we simply vote for a person because they have a (D) or an (R) after their name on the ballot. How many of us in this community vote for a particular party's candidate just because our parents, and grandparents, and great-grandparents have all voted for that political party? I dare say that this mentality is far more rampant in our community than any of us would choose to admit. And it is this mind set that is killing our government for us.

Voting for someone new, or from a different party than that to which we belong, takes work on our part. Consider that voting for someone new, requires us to actually go and learn about that person. We have to educate ourselves about that person's political views, and cross reference them with our own. To vote for such a person we have to confront the idea of change. That is a scary concept, and many of us vote for the devil we know, instead of doing the work it takes to make real change. But if we want to improve Washington, we must do the work. We have to start considering candidates based upon whether they will get the job done, instead of whether they have already been elected or what political party they are affiliated with. If we don't do this, nothing in Washington will change. So the question I would pose to your readers is this, do you really want to change the status quo, and if so, are you willing to do the work?

Sincerely,

—Eric G. Scott, Esq.

North Branch


May 04, 2010

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