To The Daily Sun,
At the outset, I think it appropriate to remind the electorate — better known as the voters — that our system of government depends on the power of division for its continued existence. Depending on whether you see our government as a democratic republic or a social democracy, you adhere to certain governmental concepts.
In the interest of getting things done after the November election, we must see how sensible the chosen candidate appears. Then we must support or oppose them as may be required by common sense. How, you say, do you support or oppose? I'm glad you asked, ha, ha! You support or oppose with legislation. You support or oppose by bringing cases relating to governance to the Supreme Court. You support or oppose by lobbying for a policy or concept before it becomes legislation or law. Lastly, you approach local, state and regional needs as problems looking for a solution rather than letting them be ignored by those that you elected to solve them. It is true, that some problems have no easy answers from those elected to solve them, but evidence of a reasoned approach by both the left and the right should be forthcoming.
The time is fast approaching when all those problems we have seen plastered over or swept under the rug of indifference must be brought out, examined and cooperatively solved if possible. The list is long because we, as a nation, have been polarized by differences and a refusal to compromise. There are solutions, distasteful to both parties, no doubt about it, but ones that can be reached through compromise. Many of our laws are aimed at protecting minorities. Support for meaningful legislation to solve problems must come from a vote of the majority. Before the legislation becomes a bill in congress, committees must report it out to the full membership for a vote.
Thereon hangs the problem; we have no majority. So, you see, the choices are more stalemate or a modicum of cooperation. To quote some wise person whose name I don't recall, "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem." Somehow we have to get off this merry-go-round. If we keep spinning in place, the rest of the world will bring us a solution. I guarantee you are not going to like what they bring. Compromise or die as democratic republic or a social democracy. Take your pick but don't continue sit on opposing sides hissing and booing each other while problems go unsolved. Electorate make some noise, administrators propose solutions, legislatures create legislation and appropriations, courts make sound decisions — problems need intelligent solutions!
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