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POLITICS: Too often we yield to cynicism and accusation

Letter by Brad Chapman, Tacoma on July 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm | No Comments »
July 8, 2013 1:43 pm

We often lump both Republican and Democrat into the same category (often wishing it were a cell) and sometimes justly so. Part of it is ubiquitous greed regardless of ideology and part of it is our leaders’ lack of courage when they fear standing on the correct side of an issue may cripple their power and shrink their bankroll.

For us it is easier to label both parties evil, and also a good release of anger and frustration, than to sort our way through the issues and make our own compromises. When we believe we can’t make small changes and move the ball forward, we yield to cynicism and accusation. Eventually our grandstand succumbs to ambivalence while the children play under the bleachers.

The alternative to cynicism, accusation and ambivalence is commitment and courage. When we look forward we may think we are yet a distance from the threshold. When we look back we may think it did not have to be this bloody with so many casualties. And just maybe, though less likely, we’ll be singing “It’s a Miracle.”

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