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A column by the Editor: How to end partisan politics

web posted January 26, 2007

COLUMN – I am sick of the partisan politics that is taking place in our Capitol. Most recently being the proposed resolution that will send a message to the world that the American people do not support winning the war in Iraq by not supporting the troop level increase. To the new majority in Congress, Allah thanks you. However, I am a problem solver, and I have a solution to end partisan politics once and for all. Do away with political parties.

The reality in partisan politics is that we elect representatives who promise to be our voice in government but when they arrive in Washington they swear allegiance to the party, not the people.

Think about it, no more politicians claiming “they” have won “control of Congress”. The last time I checked the American people controlled Congress, unless they have changed our founding documents lately. You would be hard pressed to gather that from the things our so-called representatives say most of the time. It’s all about power.

Members of Congress would then owe their loyalties to the people, not the political party machine and special interest lobbies. Wouldn’t that be great? Come to think of it, we should do away with lobbyist as well.

When you think about it, having political parties assures that a vast number of voters feel they have no voice when their party candidate does not win an election.

Partisan races should not be allowed in local elections, and that is obtainable. What business does a sheriff, judge, or local councilman have in partisanship? Is each to represent the county as a whole or just one political party in order to get elected? It makes no sense.

The very least political parties could do is be labeled honestly, liberal or conservative.

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