Situation won't get better under two-party system

Monday, March 2, 2009 | 6:00 a.m. CST

If President Obama served five consecutive terms in office, he couldn’t possibly accomplish everything on the to-do lists the media and other politicians present him with every day. These people must stay up all night making these lists.

Frankly, it’s all I can do to keep up with all the things I need to do. In my opinion, I don’t think one person can clean up the mess left behind by the previous administration. Since the former president was the "decider," he obviously wasn’t open to hearing anyone else’s to-do list and certainly not willing to complete any of the items. That’s why he was left alone to create havoc. He probably figured out early on that no matter what you do, you can’t please some people. Instead, he made the decision to please himself. Maybe all presidents find that out, and that’s why we have men of the caliber of Richard Nixon at the helm. We find ourselves with the kind of government we deserve.

I truly believe that even when new political parties are formed and their members get elected to office, it will take many years to erase the damage to political discourse that the two-party system has set in place. It is embarrassing that people throughout the world see these individuals who view themselves as leaders of the free world behaving like spoiled brats. While they object to every plan presented to them, they never offer an alternative. If the brats' bad behavior continues, I hope President Obama will serve only one term. Other countries appreciate his efforts, and I am sure he can settle somewhere in the world where his contributions will be appreciated.

Until a new system emerges, I guess the rest of us will just have to accept the fact that we are stuck with this until the old order dies out. This means that in every future election we will do what we have always done and vote for the lesser of the evils and then spend the rest of the elected person’s term of office in gridlock. I'm sure the fact that we haven’t made any advancement since the presidency of George Washington will make us proud.

I realize some elected officials care little about the plight of people who have been hit hard by recession. These officials are merely attempting to hold on to their positions. I feel sad about this situation, but I know nothing can be done to help the people out, and that’s the price of living in a democracy. After all, they chose their leaders. I’ve always known people who would rather starve to death than compromise their beliefs. So be it. But people who are willing to let other people starve for their beliefs are another matter.

Those who understand they have the right to make radical choices for themselves but not for others would never place their constituencies in harm’s way. We should all congratulate these leaders.

America was established on a solid foundation. It has made hugely positive contributions to the outside world. Unfortunately, our political system has produced some of the least worthy politicians on the face of the earth. And we continue to do so year after year.

Perhaps, older Americans who are set in their ways will be content to go to the end of their lives with this tired, old, worn-out two-party system and they probably will. Under these circumstances, younger, more educated individuals will simply bow out of the process. It won’t make the country a better place to live, but it will cut down the bickering, and people can at least live in peace.

In the end, maybe that’s as good as it gets.

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