Thanks to those who responded to my letter. I’m sure there were more letters The News-Post didn’t have space to use.
The “words of wisdom” I referred to were those of the late Rep. Cummings, who admonished elected officials of both parties for constantly bickering and fighting for or against impeachment instead of focusing on issues such as health care, education, national security, crime and infrastructure — issues that affect all Americans.
The current candidates and party leaders — put into the spotlight by a media that has for the most part discarded the basics of journalism — objectivity, verification and presenting all sides of the story (by both liberal and conservative media) have voiced hate. You can’t deny that.
Unfortunately, it has created a nation of people who too often won’t discuss differences or work together.
I registered as a Democrat in 1968 because my parents were Democrats. My first vote was for Richard Nixon. I have always voted for the person I felt would do the job best. A few years ago, I switched affiliations because I wanted to vote for a Republican candidate in a primary election and I disagreed with President Obama’s policies. I will continue to vote for the person I feel I can support, regardless of party.
Thanks for the writer who mentioned Lincoln. I hope no one forgets that Democrats hated Lincoln and led the split in the nation and formed the Confederacy. A hundred years later, as Lyndon Johnson pushed for civil rights legislation, his staunchest opponents were not Republicans, but Southern Democrats.
So, thanks again for the responses. Now it’s time for Democrats to get their leaders back to the values that have been the foundation of the party since Franklin Roosevelt (though many of FDR’s progressive ideas came from his Republican cousin Theodore) rather than spending time, and or tax dollars, fighting each other and Republicans and start working together. Diverse opinions and ideas have made this nation strong, a place where others want to come to, but our leaders need to work together to keep the nation moving forward.
Thanks again and God bless America.
Ed Waters Jr.