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POLITICS: Vitriol stands in the way of progress

Letter by Robet W. Girvin, Tacoma on Nov. 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm with No Comments »
November 1, 2012 1:56 pm

Why is this country so divided? I thought we were indivisible.

Personally, I blame the political parties and the PACs. Anyone who has affiliated themselves with a party is barraged by a flood of daily emails bashing the opposition and pleading for donations. The rest of us are plagued with negative commercials and mailers that paint the opposing candidates as filthy cheats or criminals.

They say negative ads work. Perhaps, but not when all ads are negative.

So what is the end result of this vitriol? Dissension. Disdain. Disrespect. How can we get anything done in this country without consensus – and how can that be done if we don’t respect each other?

Imagine if Congress convened, and all seats were arranged randomly without any evidence of party affiliation? You would no longer be able to judge your colleagues by looking for a “D” or an “R.” You might actually have to listen to their ideas. What a concept.

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