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Letter to the editor
Nation is sick of partisanship
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Forsyth County News
I read with interest the article written by Dick Morris regarding three Republican senators who sided with many other senators to vote in favor of passing the now famous stimulus bill.

He strongly suggested that it was Republican money sent from all over our country that elected Sen. Collins (R-Maine). By inference, the reader was led to believe that two other Republican senators, Olympia Snowe, also from Maine, and Arlen Specter from Pennsylvania, were in similar situations.

Mr. Morris promulgated two basic premises. One, because the three candidates accepted donations from their fellow Republicans, they were compelled to vote with the Republican leadership regarding the stimulus package.

Two, that should a person be elected to a public office, and if that person happens to belong to a political party, unless that person votes 100 percent of the time with his/her party they should be sequestered and severely rebuked.

The concepts espoused by Mr. Morris are contrary to the  deepest patriotic fibers in my body. I always thought that it was a part of our country’s great political lore, legend, raison d’etre, principles, and above all, the concept of what is right,  that our elected officials voted their own individual conscious’s.

It seems that Mr. Morris would have us all be Stepford wives, i.e. never bringing forth a thought of our own and always being subservient to the wishes of a perceived leadership that is absolutely impervious to fallibility. I don’t buy it.

Our country was founded upon concepts that are not party based. Hopefully, political decisions are based on what is good for our country and not what is good for our party. We too often hear that the Democrats did this or the Republicans did that. Isn’t it about time for all that adolescent nonsense to stop?

Particularly in view of the calamity of today’s economic circumstances and global perplexities, we the people want a country free of party backbiting. A country where national decisions are made relative to what is good and right and not with venomous connotations that we all too frequently perceive that one party has said about the other.

Without the shinning brilliance of our Republic, do our parties even have a reason to exist? America the republic is what we are about. Our parties are somewhat necessary but very much secondary. End the divisiveness. We, as a country, need cohesiveness and not partition.

Lou Belinfante