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Now they see such plots in what is written here.
At least that’s suggested by a comment posted to our previous column that expressed a desire to see a new crop of leaders who put political affiliations, philosophical leanings and partisan agendas away so they can concentrate solely on what is best for America.
According to this poster — and repeated on a couple of rabid right-wing web sites — such a suggestion is part of my or someone else’s hidden agenda to hasten the decline of America.
I’ve got a message for that poster and anyone else who even has the gall to suggest such a thing.
You are not only sadly misinformed, you also delusional. Plots? We don’t need no stinkin’ plots. Our intentions are always pretty obvious.
Frankly, I’m amazed that anyone could claim a hidden agenda in a simple attempt to try and encourage a government that puts politics and partisanship aside and moves the best needs of America to the front.
Like many Americans, I’m sick of the partisan cesspool that now dominates American government and politics. I’m dismayed at the n0-compromise “my way or the the highway” mode that dominates political rhetoric on both sides of the debates.
American government works best with opposing sides find moderate ground for agreement and seek resolution through compromise.
Such is system is far from perfect but it has worked for well over 200 years and could work for another 200 if the disagreeing whiners could put aside their petty, and most often pointless, extremism and seek resolution in the middle.
Impossible? Not really. When I went to Washington in 1981 as a Congressional staffer, few politicians were further apartment politically than new President Ronald Reagan and then Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. Yet they found a way to work together and fashion a budget with tax cuts that paved the way to better economic times.
If President Barack Obama and now Speaker John Boehner want to learn to work together they might do well to study the actions of Regan and O’Neill. The process was helped because then Republican minority leader Rep. Bob Michel of Illinois also believed in working towards the middle with compromise.
That was then, this is now. Now, compromise is a dirty word and extremism from both the right and the left is standard operating procedure.
Moderation and cooperation are dirty words missing from the political vocabulary of Washington.
And when someone like us suggests a return to the days of working together through coalitions that put America first, we get painted with a “conspiracy” paint brush.
Advice to the conspiracy theorists who see a plot under every rock or around every corner: Peddle those fantasies elsewhere. They don’t fly here.
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(Edited to expand the thought and reduce the stridency. My apology to readers. When I get called a participant in a conspiracy I get pissed.)