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November 14, 2016

Think About It: Politics in a New Whirl

I remember years ago watching as a U.S. President I didn't particularly care for started appointing to various cabinet posts a number of people I also didn't particularly care for. I was lamenting these choices to my wiser-than-me father, and he correctly pointed out that once the people have spoken through their votes, the person elected in a democracy should have the right to pick his or her immediate constituents, with proper vetting.

Now you might not agree with the majority choice for many offices, both local and national, but the way a democracy functions best is when people accept that the people have spoken through their votes, move forward and try to work together. That's the way it worked in the old days- like 10-years ago when Republican Senator Ted Stevens from Alaska got things done in conjunction with Democratic Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye. There was compromise, there was discussion, and there was civil discourse. No one got everything that they wanted.

Nowadays, far too many people vent anonymously on-line and watch extremely jaded so-called news channels as they spout one-sided opinions to their fan base. Is it any wonder so little gets done in government these days? Disagreement post-election is inevitable and actually healthy- but coming to some compromise conclusions and decisions both locally and nationally is the only way for things to happen, for problems to be solved, and for savvy elected officials to possibly come up with new initiatives to move our species forward. Is that asking too much? Is that naïve in the new world of entrenched positions and absolute defiance? I hope not. Think about it…

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