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ROSE NOLEN: Lawmakers need to put aside political differences and work together

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

It is really too bad that our political situation has fallen on such hard times. There is only one way to fix it. People should refuse to vote into public office those who hold grudges and refuse to work with other Congress members.

This is ridiculous. Grown people who behave like children should not be on the government’s payroll. I, personally, resent paying salaries to people who refuse to work. This silliness has been going on for the past two years. Those who are unable to work with the next president, whoever it is, should resign from office.

Those who have the nerve to talk about going to war with anybody should realize that until we can come together as a nation, we’re in no position to enter into conflict with other countries. Who would our armed forces represent when half of us are on one side and the rest of us are on the other?

Obviously, our officeholders have gotten completely out of control when they feel free to openly admit that they will not work until we elect the people that they prefer to work with. Those who are working only to unseat the president of any party should be forced to resign. If there is nothing in our Constitution that applies, then we would be foolish not to amend the Constitution so that we do not find ourselves in this situation again.

I have begun to believe that our government should not be in the hands of political parties. In ordinary times, people of goodwill would certainly put the operation of good government ahead of whatever role they might play in their political party. But these are not ordinary times. These are times when money dictates how we operate and who is in control. And those of us who are willing to allow these politicians to control the government should take the time to think about what this means to a government established of the people, by the people and for the people.

What about the lessons we are teaching the children? Are they to be forever damned by the philosophy that money is in control of everything? What about the notion that we are one nation, under God? Does that idea bite the dust too in the determination of some to have things their way?

For as long as I can remember, Americans have referred to America as a Christian country. Because I believe in the separation of church and state, I have not publicly embraced that opinion. However, considering the fact that fewer and fewer Americans confess their religious ideals or belong to churches anymore, I sometimes find their behavior stunning.

Maybe we are indeed becoming new people. Perhaps we no longer believe as we once did. People once did not rub their money in our faces. Today, they openly brag about it, display it publicly and often expect to be treated differently because of it.  They didn’t publicly disparage or insult the poor. Nowadays, that seems to be changing.

Perhaps this, then, is the new reality. Did we fall off the cliff? I don’t know if I really want to belong to this new reality.  It somehow doesn’t seem to fit the image of the kind of people that called themselves Americans.

I think it’s time to observe more closely. I was never anxious to be caught off-guard.  I learned to stop, look and listen a long time ago.

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James Krewson October 16, 2012 | 7:00 a.m.

So where was the President when he rammed through Obamacare without one Republican supporting him? It appears to me that the President is unable to bring the parties together. You complain about people not "working with" the President, without recognizing that it was the President who went behind closed doors, shutting out Republicans, and making deals with the unions and other businesses in order to give them "waivers" from Obamacare, while forcing everyone else to abide by this terrible piece of legislation. Coming together works both ways...to simply make it one-sided and expecting all legislators to bow down to the will of Obama and call it "working with him" is total nonsense. We need a leader that can bring both sides together, not a dictator-in-chief who signs executive orders without regard to the Constitution. Mitt Romney has a history of bringing Dems and GOP together in Massachusetts. He is the type of leader this divided country needs in order to move "forward."

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John Schultz October 16, 2012 | 9:38 a.m.

Is this about the Senate never passing a budget? Or is that OK since they are the other party?

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