Letters to the Editor

Spurn party affiliation to send strong message

This past week, my former employer celebrated its 100th anniversary by emphasizing changes it made to succeed and avoid succumbing to the business failure so frequent in the information technology industry.

In contrast, our people are frustrated by the inability of our two parties and Congress to agree on changes necessary for our nation to progress in the coming years.

Our two parties' warfare is more vicious than most worldwide conflicts. Meanwhile, our media are focused on the 2012 election and the vain hope that a new president might fix Washington instead of helping us understand the reasons for this logjam. Congress with few exception helps business and the rich, who fund their election campaigns, but does almost nothing to solve the basic problems to keep our country competitive and maintain our middle-class standard of living.

In the July issue of Atlantic magazine, Mickey Edwards describes how our two parties and Congress have deviated from the hopes of our founders as they have become increasingly undemocratic in their actions. He outlines a six-step plan to fix this problem.

Others, such as David Brooks in the New York Times, have suggested we need viable third parties with platforms not beholden to the special interests that have so constrained the objectivity of Congress in helping our people.

Meanwhile, I suggest that all of us boycott our party affiliation and become independents. This should convince party leaders that major changes must be made promptly to restore our country's health. Will you join me?

Walt Schymik

Hilton Head Island