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No Longer a Shining City Upon a Hill

An opinion towards the Republican leadership.

Ronald Reagan said, “America was a shining city up on a hill.”  Back then, maybe. But no one can honestly say that now.  We are on a slippery downhill slope.  Perhaps sometime in the future America can recapture that moment.  Only the wisdom of real leadership can make that a reality. And it doesn’t look like it will happen anytime soon.

From day one of Obama’s presidency, the Republican leadership in Congress has played partisan politics. Mitch McConnell stated it succinctly, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”  The rest of the Republicans follow like penguins in a march to the sea.  Never once has the Republican leadership asked:  How can we work together for the good of the people? With no plans of their own, they only attack, distort, and disrupt.

Not all Republicans are bad. Only those that engage in destructive politics.  Unfortunately they are the ones that shatter the credibility of all with their spurious complaints, defunding of programs, and constant threats of censure and impeachment.

I am a citizen deeply concerned about the housing crisis brought on by the financial and banking industries. Once upon a time these industries were regulated and America succeeded. I want to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and eat food not contaminated.  I want our country to address global warming, a reality substantiated by most scientists and evidenced by the change in weather patterns. I want an educated populous and the resolution of our immigration and employment problems. I believe in religious freedom, but don’t want a take-over of the government by religious zealots.

I could care less if our president wears an American flag in his lapel, chooses Grey Poupon mustard over regular mustard or radicchio over head lettuce. I don’t care that he flies on Air Force One to Hawaii or vacations in the Hamptons. Much ado about nothing.

Any thinking person knows Obama was born in the United States and we need not continue to go round and round about his birth certificate.  Yes, his skin is dark.  Get over it.  It is his mind that counts.  I don’t need your anonymous e-mails spewing hatred and bigotry.

Obama is not a socialist, communist, fascist, Muslim, nor does he run around with terrorists.  These are specious arguments. He is the President of the United States of America and not the enemy.  He deserves some credit.  After all he ordered the killing of Osama Bin Laden, cleaned up the mess left us by the Bush administration, ended the war in Iraq, is ending the war in Afghanistan, and given millions more the ability to seek medical care.

Where are the minds of the Republican leadership? Boys, it is time to grow up.  The House and Senate are not private fraternities. They are exalted halls of government and we expect you to lead. The silliness of your thoughts makes you ineffective and unworthy of the positions you hold.

It isn’t hard to figure out why wealthy men are willing to give the Republican Party barrels full of money. Do we really think that ALEC, representative of big corporations and oil interests, was created for the good and welfare of the United States?  Do they really think we are that stupid?

Big money talks. Adelson and the Koch brothers have purchased the Republicans’ loyalty.  We, The People are not rich. We can only vote once. But let me assure you, we are tired of the sophomoric pranks and false arguments.  We are tired of the bullying.  Americans and America need to move forward.  As Reagan said: back to that shining city up on a hill.


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