I am annoyed with Democrats and Republicans

This post may be offensive to some of my followers, but I appreciate your comments should you disagree. As an Independent voter who left the Republican Party in 2006, but did not choose to rejoin the Democratic Party, I want our leaders to solve our problems and work together. We have gotten progressively worse with partisanship and that is not good, as we are attempting to solve problems with party rhetoric and not data and or common sense. Both sides are to blame, but I find more fault with my more recent former party given their support by a more active misinformation base parading as a mainstream news network.

Like many people, I do not fit into a nice compartment. I am fiscally conservative and socially progressive. I have these beliefs we need to pay for things and every citizen has equal rights and opportunity. Per Teddy Roosevelt, they need a ‘square deal” and like his cousin Franklin, they need a “fair deal.” I guess I want our leaders to be better stewards than they have come to be with our money and rights. What many have failed to realize is my rights are just important as yours, and vice versa. The right to do something does not include the right to squelch another person’s rights. Think about this last sentence, as folks advocating religious freedom laws seem to miss the subtlety of this point.

Using a recent example, I cite the approval of our new Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch. This man was not perfect, but he seemed to have a pretty good set of experiences. Yes, he is more conservative than I would prefer, but he was nominated by a Conservative president. That is how this works. My question to Democrats is Gorsuch more horrible in their minds than the next few in consideration? Why force the Republicans hand in blowing up the 60 vote rule? I fault the GOP as well for blowing up this rule, as we now could get a more extreme person on the Court. And, that is not what this Court needs in m view. So, between the two actions, we have thrown future stewardship out the window.

Another recent example is the effort that fortunately failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Republicans decided to work without Democrats to do this and their party bickering caused it to fail. It also failed because it was a horribly crafted and rushed bill. Since most Americans want to keep Obamacare, but improve it, why did the GOP waste time and not work with Democrats to fix it? The President even blamed Democrats for this bill’s failure, yet they weren’t even at the table. That is a shame.

Stewardship is an important word to define what is lacking. We need our leaders to be better stewards of our country than they have become. Both parties do not lay claim to all of the good ideas and both can lay claim to some bad ones. So, why not set all the rhetoric aside, study real data and real causes, and come up with informed, bipartisan solutions through civil discourse. Right now, in my view, our Congress and President’s inability to do this are a threat to national security. Please be better stewards. We need you to be.

 

 

 

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35 thoughts on “I am annoyed with Democrats and Republicans

  1. Very well said. I agree about Gorsuch, especially. Just consider who this president might have nominated! Not a bad choice from what I’ve seen. And you are absolutely right: balance and perspective. Let’s not become “knee-jerk” Democrats or Republicans. Listen to one another and try to decide on the basis of all the evidence we can gather.

  2. Agree with your “stewardship” admonishment, as well as Hugh’s comment. My biggest concern is Hangers-On who are proponents of, and who continue to propagate the “me me me” mentality…as opposed to the larger picture of our world-wide connected reality. Simple minded me, It’s elementary….”for the common good” is…..simply….good. As usual, Keith…thank you.

  3. I agree 100% with your assessment of the Gorsuch debacle. He is also not my perfect choice, but I can imagine far worse choices. To be honest, I thought Obama’s last supreme court choice was also short of the bar, no pun intended. But I also remember how I thought America was doomed when John Roberts landed on the court and shortly rose to his leadership position. He has not been that bad a judge. Very often judges rise above the political maneuverings and posturing that now is required to even be noticed in the political arena. A lot of the resistance to Gorsuch came from the “me, me, me” mentality that jots mentions. These people sounded like 1st-graders, “well, he hit me first so I had to hit him back!” The excuse for this mentality being that that the GOP failed to even consider Obama’s pic, therefore the Dems weren’t going to consider T’s pick. Such childish lunacy. And now we have a far worse problem thanks the the “nuclear option” that we essentially forced down the GOP throat.

    • Linda, not considering Merrick Garland was a breach of stewardship. To keep things from being political, leaders must do their job. Obama appointed a good candidate, but the Senate did not. Keith

  4. I disagree that everyone has equal rights and opportunity in this country Keith. I also think that the GOP’s ramming Neil Gorsuch on the high court is what Gorsuch will do on the SCOTUS. Although he was not forthcoming during his confirmation hearings he will soon reveal how he really feels about many issues that he repeatedly sidestepped. Congrats to all our radical conservatives, yes, we have grown that far apart.

    • Holly, my comment was aspirational. Unfortunately we have folks that are more rights and opportunities than others. I would say there are questions about Gorsuch, but he is a reasonable candidate to be considered, in my view. I do greatly respect your points of view. Please never hesitate to share your concerns. Thanks, Keith

  5. I think Washington is in a spiral of vengeance tag.
    The democrats are angry at Gorusch because the seat should have gone to an Obama nominee and so they made it into thing. The GOP was mad about everything Obama and refused to even listen to his nominee.

    I dislike Gorsuch and there is a train of thought that says that if you reject a nominee (or force them to withdraw) the next one will be more moderate. Which, in my opinion, is what any SCOTUS nominee should be.

    In any case, the entire legislative branch is seriously broken. The GOP is STILL basing it’s agenda on Obama. Legislation is now just a undo Obama thing rather than do a thing they think will make things better. It’s mind boggling.

    Democrats are about as effective as a plate of cooked spaghetti.

    Useless. Coniving. Self referencing. Idiots.

  6. Every day it seems that the confusion on our planet is escalating, as if there truly is a Wizard of Oz behind the curtain and manipulating the characters in the story. Perhaps that manipulator that’s having so much fun is indeed the Devil… or a chacter that came to live from a spooky story.

    Reading the comments provides a good pulse, and you are not alone in your concerns.

    • Thanks Lisa. To me the Wizard of Oz made it to the White House. Before he retired, the two poster children for dysfunction in Washington, are Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell. Right now, the House GOP leadership is forgetting how John Boehner got what little he passed, passed – working with Dems and moderate Republicans.

  7. Good post, Keith! Frankly, I found not a single thing that I can disagree with here. It would appear that, with few exceptions, our ‘elected representatives’ in Washington have all but forgotten We The People. They will briefly remember us next fall, as 435 Representatives and 34 Senators gear up for the November mid-term elections, but then a week later, having served our purpose in their eyes, we will once again be shoved into the ‘closet of useless bric-a-brac’. While I consider myself a liberal and a Democrat, I am not proud of any in Congress or in the Executive branch at this point in time. You hit the nail on the head … they need to remember who they work for and what their function is intended to be. Sadly, I do not see much hope for this happening anytime soon. Thanks for this post, however!

  8. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Blogger-friend Keith has written of his annoyance with the lack of responsibility to We The People in the halls of Congress and the White House … an annoyance that I completely recognize and share. Our elected representatives have left us out of consideration entirely, and are answering only to partisanship and their big-money lobbyists. Please take a moment to read Keith’s post … I am betting you will share his sentiments. Thank you, Keith, for putting into words the thoughts we are all thinking … and also for implicit permission to re-blog!

  9. Dear Keith,

    According to a 2/18/17 Hill report, “strong majority of Americans say Democrats should look to cooperate with President Trump to strike deals, according to the inaugural Harvard-Harris poll provided exclusively by The Hill.The survey found that 73 percent of voters want to see Democrats work with the president, against only 27 percent who said Democrats should resist Trump’s every move.”

    The democrats should welcome an opportunity to work with President Trump to help him better the lives of average Americans.

    Their AHCA bill was not it because US congressional republicans were really looking for savings as a precursor to their tax reform bill. But if the president wants real reform then democrats should jump at the chance.

    This finger pointing/ blame game has to end. The American tax payers deserve better.

    Ciao, Gronda

    • Thanks Lisa. This is one reason I don’t like the Sunday morning talk shows as I find most politicians focus on rhetoric than substance and would rather win an argument than do the right thing. Keith

  10. Would it be OK if I cross-posted this article to WriterBeat.com? I’ll be sure to give you complete credit as the author. There is no fee, I’m simply trying to add more content 3diversity for our community and I liked what you wrote. If “OK” please respond via email.

    Autumn
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  11. Outside looking in.
    I’ve had my own nagging concern that should the USA’s political parties not embrace some spirit of co-operation again they could well start a slow but remorseless disintegration of the USA as it is now configured. Constituencies, communities and regions becoming disenchanted with any meaningful broad consensus will start to look to use their own local power bases to work loose an achieve a degree of independence from Washington similar to diluted secession.
    Now to some this might seem very attractive, but an outcome of a patchwork of little states in the format of a Holy Roman Empire set-up will not be equal to the tasks faced by the federal system currently in operation.
    We in the UK face our own challenges in the post-Brexit era which if mis-managed could lead to a collection of isles and regions pretending they have a joint agreement on how to run things.

    • Roger, your outside looking in perspective and relating it to the future Brexit division are on point. Each side must prevent the other from being successful. As a result, the real losers are the people. I have written before about the Nash Equilibrium which won John Nash the Nobel Prize in Economics (the movie “A Beautiful Mind” portrays him). His theory is in negotiation it is better for all for each side to make sure others win as well. The whole is greater than each side seeking maximum gain. Well said, Keith

      • Thank you Keith.
        Although both LBJ and Nixon were brought down by their own personal demons on their ‘good days ‘they recognised this.
        Robert A Caro’s ‘Passage to Power’ has some fascinating (albeit not very pretty )insights as to how LBJ ‘got the job done’ in his social programmes.
        At the end of the day ‘Compromise’ is the only game in town…and then onto the next ‘Compromise’ and so on.

      • Roger, good observations. JFK may have been unable to do what LBJ did to move civil rights and anti-poverty programs forward. LBJ was a deal maker, could be a bully and knew how to compromise. In short, he was the ideal person to follow JFK and get some of his Camelot accomplished. Nixon was paranoid and ran a burglary and spy ring from the White House. Yet, we should not forget that he had two huge accomplishments – he opened the doors to China and he established the EPA. Both LBJ and Nixon were career politicians and knew how to horse trade in spite of their faults. Keith

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