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AMERICA: Is our government really working for us?

Letter by Robert Humphries, Puyallup on July 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm with No Comments »
July 30, 2013 11:48 am

Is our government actually working for us? I am not asking this as a red state or tea party question – although blue-staters and liberals certainly don’t seem to have much concern (or clue) that this is a problem at all.

We currently have a Congress in a state of perpetual deadlock (except regarding their own perks), a president who appears to lead from behind (or with a Justice Department always in attack mode against individual state laws) and a court system bent on legislating from the bench rather than simply following the law.

Government at the state level reflects a growing rift of cultures in America, whether it is about legalization of marijuana, same-sex marriage, abortion or gun control. At the local level, it can be as silly as the size of soft drinks or as serious as Detroit going bankrupt.

Even at the school district level, it appears we see more levy and bond initiatives than actual results in educating (as evidenced by comparing our student achievement to students from other nations in math and science).

So I ask again, does our government work for us? After all, we the people have the power of the vote, but that power comes only if we choose to use it wisely. Why do we even have to buy into the diversions created by partisan politics? Why can’t we start voting as Americans for America? And if our only good option is not electing an incumbent, we should take it.

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