Letters to the Editor

Party politics block effort to solve problems

American political party affiliation puzzles me.

Over six decades, my conclusion is that the benefactors are those seeking to improve their personal condition through political association. Intelligent American voters have little reason to endorse either political party, much less criticize the other.

Touting the faults of one president, one party, one theory over another is a non-productive ritual. One side is not always right, nor the other always wrong.

When Congress, presently 535 people, spends an exorbitant amount of time in conflict, eschewing reasonable compromise through collective discourse, no legislation is created and no positive outcomes occur.

Americans are hostage to political stalemate and continual mud-slinging.

We voters have elected and re-elected far too many politicos who pursue personal gain through allegiance to special interest groups, rather than doing their job -- working for the general welfare of America and its citizens.

These elected lawmakers have created a system that benefits them, while we stand by awaiting progressive legislation that might benefit the general population, not just the favored elite.

Rather than support the "my-way-or-the-highway" stagnation we suffer from, shouldn't we simply demand that they work together and practice give and take? Both sides have their fingerprints all over the problems of this country; both sides bear the blame.

All members of Congress have the power to come together to combine useful solutions to our problems. We citizens must demand they do so, and stop condoning all these delaying tactics.

Sherry McKnight