Blind partisanship still hurting nation

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 1, 2006

Political parties in Washington D.C., have been doing their best impressions of David by throwing lots of stones at the opposition.

We just hope “Goliath” isn’t our Democratic form of government that our nation was built upon.

Following Sept. 11, 2001, our nation was brought closer together than it had been in decades. The line in the sand between Republicans and Democrats had all but disappeared.

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My what a difference a few years can make. Blind partisanship looks like it may be rearing its ugly head again.

Congress has been unable to find a whole lot of middle ground on much of anything including immigration, national security and the economy.

No one can vouch for this more than President George W. Bush, though the president may be disappointed to see the walls starting to come down since his own party is criticizing him.

Many Republicans are starting to look at the state of this presidency and seeing that the direction the nation is headed could be very dangerous when it comes to the continued presence in Iraq and widely debated privacy invasion questions.

Some Democrats are finally starting to look at issues objectively and not just blindly opposing ideas simply because the president or the Republicans have proposed it.

Our world is not black and white. The future of our nation will likely lie in the grey areas.

To move our nation forward, each of us must distance ourselves from partisanship and start thinking of all ourselves as simply civic-minded Americans.

We will never all agree on every issue; however, citizens can be expected to look at the details, use their heads and make up their own minds.

Objective decisions and heart-felt decisions are something we would like to see on both sides of the aisle.

Our nation may be nearing a crossroads. Democrats cannot take the left fork. Republicans cannot stay to the right. It is time our nation meets on that middle path.