It is my belief that once you are an elected official, you are neither Republican nor Democrat. You are an employee of the people. Your work is that of the people. You represent your constituents, all of them.
If your leader, an elected official, tells you not to report to work to vote on the most important bill, you should speak out and demand the opportunity to do the people's work. If our president decides to play golf on the weekend with a looming government shutdown, you should complain. If the House of Representatives passes a bill, the Senate should act on it in good faith, immediately. The rhetoric, high drama and pronouncements mean nothing.
Our country is divided. We do not trust our elected officials and rightfully so. We have a government that is out of control and does not answer to anybody. No household could continue to spend with the debt burden our country has accumulated. A prudent household would sit down and develop a budget within its means. No, our government continues to spend just because it can.
It is time to send them all home. How can we have any confidence in anything the president, the House or the Senate does? We need to elect new people, mandate term limits and rededicate ourselves to that which has made this country great.
It is our country, not the domain of elected officials.
Hilton Head Island