The sad state of affairs in our great country has caused much debate and cynicism. This cynical view of the world and politics seemingly pervades every editorial concerning such weighty matters. I find it hard to believe that nothing positive is going on in politics. Yet, I see only derision and no real answers.
What ever happened to good news? Rather, what happened to America?
Republicans blame Democrats, Democrats blame Republicans and the cycle is constantly repeated. For once, is there anyone willing to take a stand for what is right? Where are the politicians who are not concerned with being re-elected, and those willing to stand on old-fashioned principles?
I hear gubernatorial candidates, and those in Congress whose seats are up in November, bellowing out platitudes to interest groups. Is this what the Founding Fathers wanted? No, it is not what the framers of the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence would liked to have seen.
I hear both parties running scared and claiming the other is to blame for everything from the war on terrorism to the current flaps over health care and the economy. The president chimes in with his view that the Republicans are not being honest. Does this mean the Democrats all are honest? No.
It just goes to prove that we should reset the government by reforming the two-party system into a more equitable style -- one in which there would be no political fund-raising, and all the candidates would be limited to debate on public television. The government would not contribute a dime, other than to allow the candidates an open forum on public TV or a debate at, say, a local theater such as the James Brown Arena.
Enough is enough. Please, let's get back to discussing the issues and making real headway in solving our problems, not blaming one another.
Mark D. McCall, Ph.D