LETTER: U.S. civil war bloodlessMost folks probably don’t realize it, but there is a civil war going on. No not the one in Syria or Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere else on our small planet. It’s right here in the good old U.S.A.
Most folks probably don’t realize it, but there is a civil war going on. No not the one in Syria or Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere else on our small planet. It’s right here in the good old U.S.A.
It’s a somewhat bloodless civil war and I say somewhat because people are getting hurt and those getting hurt are the usual suspects that would be hurt the most in any war, civil or otherwise, the poor, the sick, the old and the children. It’s always the kids who are hurt most in war.
What is the cause of this war? It’s our dysfunctional Congress, or at least the Tea Party controlled Republican members. The Tea Party doesn’t like government much, but they think government limits our personal freedom. So they’ve been hard at work trying to limit government and they’ve exceeded their own wildest dreams. They’ve managed to shut down Congress. Their refusal to compromise is working just fine. There has been no jobs agenda, no budget, no grand bargain on the deficit, no background checks on guns, etc. They’ve done absolutely nothing and blocked any attempt by the Democrats to do anything.
Maybe I’m being a little harsh here, because they have been able to rename some post offices. We should be happy with that I guess.
Sadly, the nation’s work doesn’t stop just because Congress won’t do anything, and more and more of what the Congress should be doing is being shifted to the individual states. Only 13 states have what could be called bipartisan governments, the other 37 after the 2012 elections, now have one party control of both the legislatures and Governor’s Office. What’s happening in these states now is that the left leaning states are moving farther left and those on the right, farther righter.
The trouble with this situation is we’re now stuck with sequester and its cutting deeper and deeper into education, our already crumbling infrastructure, programs for the nation’s most vulnerable and national defense.
With the blue states getting bluer and the red states redder, America is in effect splitting apart. Perhaps it’s time the Republicans heed the words of their party’s founding father:“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
Now is the time to put away ideology and compromise. It’s what once made American that shining star of democracy and can again. T
he alternative is to keep on dividing us, red against blue, north against the south, white against black, and rich against poor.
We’ve been through this before, and its not worth doing again.
New Richmond, Wis.