During the years of the Obama administration the left constantly reminded folks that Mitch McConnell had stated that it was the Republican’s job to make that President a one-term leader. The American people re-elected him to another term but sent many Republicans to the Congress. Calls for cooperation came and if anyone, this columnist included, complained about the Obama administration we were called, racists, bigots, homophobes, deniers, as well as other names not suitable for print.
Many comments I get when meeting readers in our mountain community relates to my fellow columnist, Peter Cavanaugh, who happens to see things from as far to the left as I do from the right. Peter and I meet from time to time and enjoy discussing politics in a friendly manner that includes many laughs. The point is that I recommended Peter to the Sierra Star and once they saw his abilities they hired him. The founders of this nation wanted to have both sides discussing, debating, arguing, compromising, and then getting the work of the people done. The system allows for those in the minority to get their opinions heard.
Thus, the Founding Fathers saw the need for the First Amendment. They remembered the tyranny of living under the rule of a monarch who sent troops into their towns and homes. The people were taxed and taxed and there were many limits on the liberties of British subjects. The British leaders were able to maintain order because of the Rule of Law as well as being well equipped with the mightiest army on the face of the earth. That prompted the Founders to write the Second Amendment. They did not want to face the government without the ability to defend themselves.
We seem to have departed from a sense of cooperation in the halls of government. I see here in our community the cooperation needed to get jobs done in the same manner that happens all across the fruited plains. A problem comes up, solvers gather together, develop a plan, complete the plan, and then go home. Our leaders in both parties seem happier keeping the problem alive for political gain rather than solving the situation.
They call for bi-partisanship but no sooner does one side agree to something the other side demands and the side that got what they wanted gloats, mocks, and insults the other side. What happened to being gracious? When the Trump Administration and the GOP agreed to accept the Democrats demands on the budget instead of hearing gracious comments from Senator Schumer or House member Pelosi we heard snide and snarky comments. Hardly what would encourage any further cooperation?
When cities in California have started to question the wisdom of the States desire to be a Sanctuary State the State threatens those towns with expensive lawsuits along with the vitriol of name calling.
The media has not let up on the Trump Administration since day one. I don’t like Trump and find him boorish at best. He won and the left and the media can’t seem to accept it. I find it amusing that they have become the “deniers” of the Election results. They mock the “birthers” but they are the same. I never denied that President Obama was my President. There are many threats we face. Russian collusion is a non story. Mueller is wasting time and the media doesn’t relent. The Syrian problem, the economy, North Korea, the Middle East, Immigration, Drug and Gang problems, and other issues are of far greater concern.
Let’s tell our leaders to end the vitriol and earn their paychecks. Enough!