LOCAL VOICES: Bipartisanship is the RIGHT thing to do

By ALEX JONES, Sandusk High School graduate attending Ashland University "We simply must l
Sandusky Register Staff
May 13, 2010

 

By ALEX JONES, Sandusk High School graduate attending Ashland University

"We simply must look beyond partisan goals and find common ground as Americans. It is imperative that the Members of Congress recognize that partisanship will not serve the American people."

-- Michael Crapo

It is amazing how one event can turn any political science classroom into a circus. The health care summit of a few weeks ago did just that.

However, I focused not so much on the content of what was being said, but rather on bipartisanship, and how needed it is.

Bipartisanship is a conservative philosophy in that it is the traditional way of doing things, not that it is strictly limited to Republicans.

Bipartisanship, although well proven, seems to be lost today by both parties. It was good to see that both parties were able to sit down and talk about what should come next. However, it seemed like Democrats were only appearing to want a bipartisan effort. Republicans looked well prepared and offered several good points, but after more than seven hours all the Republicans got was that their ideas would be "considered." There really is not much bipartisanship there.

The problem that America faces is that our leaders at the moment are far off to the left, which means that their policies are far to the left. In response to this conservatives have to move further to the right to balance things out. Which, to be honest, this has happened before, and in reverse.

The problem is, in this case, that the legislation that is being brought forth is going further left as well. Liberals fail to realize America is still a center-right country. So when the argument is made that Democrats are out of touch with the American people, there is truth to that.

Democrats have had a supermajority for over a year now, and America has yet to see reforms that they are behind. We have been given a bailout, which we are still waiting to see the affects of. And Democrats have argued back and forth over a health care reform bill. All America has really gotten out of that is a lesson in bad politics.

I hope Democrats on Capitol Hill realize soon bipartisanship is needed from step one on any reform. That is the American way.

From the beginning politicians with differing opinions have come together to hammer out compromises that worked for everyone. Likewise, it has never worked for one party to take control and forge legislation without the other side. Without bipartisanship, it is impossible to stay in touch with the American people, because compromise is normally in the best interest of the American people.

Let's hope that these showings of bipartisanship are more than just a show. If they are nothing more than just a political show, then American citizens are going to be the ones to suffer.

We all need to ask whether one-party rule can have our best interest at heart. We need to realize that our system of government only works when all sides come together and meet in the middle. Conservatives have not been silent on this issue. In fact, they have brought legitimate ideas to the table. Will the administration really use these ideas? Or will it be business as usual from the White House?

Comments

Peachy Keen

To Alex, here is a little food for thought for you, courtesy of Steve Benen of Washington Monthly.

A Republican Political Lexicon:

"Jamming it through" is to vote on a bill.

"Obstructionism" only refers to Democratic minorities opposing Republican proposals.

"Tyranny" is found when an elected Democratic majority passes legislation that Republicans don't like.

"Reconciliation" describes a Senate process that Republicans are allowed to use to overcome Democratic "obstructionism".

"Terrorism" refers to acts of political violence committed by people who aren't white guys.

"Bipartisanship" is found when Democrats agree to pass Republican legislation.

"Big government" describes a dangerous phenomenon to be avoided, except in cases of reproductive rights or gays.

"Treason" refers to Democrats criticizing a Republican administration during a war.

"Patriotism" refers to Republicans criticizing a Democratic administration during a war.

"Fiscal responsibility" is a national priority related to keeping our deficit in check, which only applies when Republicans are in the minority.

Duhast

I don't even bother reading the articles... Come on goofus, a blogger? Really?

brutus smith

goofus, why do you waste space with someone else's opinion?? At least let it be in your own words if you are going to post an OPINION.

goofus

March 08, 2010
End of the road for Obama?
Danny Huddleston

It's common knowledge that the American mainstream media have collectively had a thrill going up their leg from the time Obama announced his run for the presidency. Even now they find it difficult to report the truth as the Obama presidency falls apart. The UK press on the other hand seems to have a more realistic view of our troubles and this story in the UK's Telegraph highlights Obama's problems with devastating clarity. Here are a few excerpts:

It is a universal political truth that administrations do not begin to fragment when things are going well: it only happens when they go badly, and those who think they know better begin to attack those who manifestly do not. The descent of Barack Obama's regime, characterised now by factionalism in the Democratic Party and talk of his being set to emulate Jimmy Carter as a one-term president, has been swift and precipitate. It was just 16 months ago that weeping men and women celebrated his victory over John McCain in the American presidential election. If they weep now, a year and six weeks into his rule, it is for different reasons.

Despite the efforts of some sections of opinion to talk the place up, America is mired in unhappiness, all the worse for the height from which Obamania has fallen. The economy remains troublesome. [....] Whole areas of the country, notably in the north and on the eastern seaboard, are industrial wastelands. The once mighty motor city of Detroit appears slowly to be being abandoned, becoming a Jurassic Park of the mid-20th century; unemployment among black people in Mr Obama's own city of Chicago is estimated at between 20 and 25 per cent.

For a land without a welfare state, America starts to do an effective impersonation of a country with one. This massive state spending gives rise to accusations by Republicans, and people too angry even to be Republicans, that America is now controlled by "Leftists" and being turned into a socialist state.

The author has come up with the perfect description of the tea partiers: "Republicans, and people too angry even to be Republicans". One of the nicer epithets thrown at conservatives is that we are "angry". Studies show that conservatives have a better outlook on life and a happier disposition than liberals. And acknowledged conservatives outnumber liberals 2 to 1. So what would cause this generally happy group of people to become so angry? Maybe a socialist leader systematically destroying our economy and our cherished institutions one by one?

"Obama's big problem," a senior Democrat told me, "is that four times as many people watch Fox News as watch CNN." The Fox network is a remarkable cultural phenomenon which almost shocks those of us from a country where a technical rule of impartiality is applied in the broadcast media. With little rest, it pours out rage 24 hours a day: its message is of the construction of the socialist state, the hijacking of America by "progressives" who now dominate institutions, the indoctrination of children, the undermining of religion and the expropriation of public money for these nefarious projects. The public loves it, and it is manifestly stirring up political activism against Mr Obama, and also against those in the Republican Party who are not deemed conservatives. However, it is arguable whether the now-reorganising Right is half as effective in its assault on the President as some of Mr Obama's own party are.

I hate to disagree with a senior Democrat but "Obama's big problem," is not "that four times as many people watch Fox News as watch CNN." Obama's big problem is that he doesn't understand the people who watch Fox News. Obama can't pivot to the center like Clinton did because he doesn't understand how the vast majority live in this center-right nation. He believes that his policies are unpopular because he hasn't explained them in simple enough terms that the "bitter-clingers" in flyover country can understand. The truth is the exact opposite, we understand his policies all too well, and we reject them.

Mr Obama benefited in his campaign from an idiotic level of idolatry, in which most of the media participated with an astonishing suspension of cynicism. The sound of the squealing of brakes is now audible all over the American press; but the attack is being directed not at the leader himself, but at those around him. [....]

The $783 billion stimulus package of a year ago was used to further the re-election prospects of many congressmen, not to do good for the country. America's politics remain corrupt, populated by nonentities whose main concern once elected is to stay elected; it seems to be the same the whole world over. Even this self-interested use of the stimulus package appears to have failed, however. Every day, it seems, another Democrat congressman announces that he will not be fighting the mid-term elections scheduled for November 2. The health care Bill, apparently so humane in intent, is being "scrubbed" (to use the terminology of one Republican) by its opponents, to the joy of millions of middle Americans who see it as a means to waste more public money and entrench socialism. For the moment, this is a country vibrant with anger.

With a few exceptions the ideas expressed in this article are right on the money; too bad our own press can't be this honest. In the spirit of international cooperation I propose that we trade our print media for theirs. They can keep the BBC with it's "technical rule of impartiality".

wetsu

Nice try, Alex...

I've enjoyed reading your submissions regardless of areas of agreement and disagreement. Bipartisanship is just a lead foot on the spending accelerator, although you otherwise make a few valid points.

"All America has really gotten out of that is a lesson in bad politics." The lesson is long-running and ongoing.

"Or will it be business as usual from the White House?" The White House is not the central problem. The Congress effectively neutered the office of POTUS quite some time ago.

Peachy Keen

Wow, this is certainly one very PARTISAN letter in favor of bipartisanship! Hilarious, self-righteous, wing-nuttery at it's finest! Nothing more than the usual blather from the party of NO. Great comments, Duhast and Brutus.

Duhast

Alex,
I challenge you to stop watching Fox news for two weeks and THEN write your article. It is just regurgitation of what is constantly said by the conservative pundits. During the summit, the Republican’s idea of a plan was to “Scrap it and start over”. This is an obvious attempt at stalling until the mid-term elections. The republicans perceive that they can gain seats and wish to postpone any health care reform legislation at the expense of the American people. If they were truly interested in health care reform, they would have done it when they were in power. They would have also submitted a plan in the beginning. They didn’t bother until it looked like they were going to get bypassed. If you can really call it a plan, that is.

I’m not sure if you are majoring journalism or not. If so, you have a lot to learn about “reporting” both sides of a story. If you simply want to publish right wing opinion propaganda, start a blog. Join the millions of other bloggers who wish to rant on line.

http://www.ontheissues.org/senat...

brutus smith

What a bipartisan letter Alex. It's all the left's fault that you wingnuts moved further right. Some think your ramblings shouldn't be printed but I'm glad they are. It not only exposes the thinking of a right wingnut, but goes on to show that bipartisanship is really the last thing you right wingnuts want. It's my way or the highway right Alex?