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Location: Yardley, PA (Bucks County), United States

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Pre-Election Suggestion - Courier Times October 17, 2006

Every time I ask someone about politics I get the feeling that they wish to put my head through a wall. Why is it that so many of us get insulted by one political position or the other and those who lack our freedom and opportunity can't get enough of political discourse (in search of what we take for granted)?
It's because we've become divided over issues like abortion, gun control and the war by fringes on both extremes for the sole purpose of removing us from the democratic process. Without us it's much easier for once great traditions to be replaced by corruption and submission. Without us, meaning the middle 80% who could care less about politics, greed and special interests tear down everything decent in this country for their own selfish agenda.
The truth is that the differences between both parties are subtle and were brilliantly designed to encourage meaningful debate. Our differences are our complimentary strength and not to be used in pursuit of a compulsive lust for power (unless we allow it).
We live in one of the most desirable counties in the nation for a reason. It's because most of our elected officials tend to put politics aside and work extremely hard, against incredible external forces, to represent the middle 80%. While divisive candidates and legislative peers create self-serving obstacles, our own elected officials (like Congressman Fitzpatrick and Representative Steil, for example) consistently demonstrate their professionalism with a clear understanding of public service.
James Freeman Clarke said that politicians think of the next election while statesmen think of the next generation. Fortunately, we have no shortage of statesmen in Bucks County and it's up to us to keep it that way. Today's issues are just too critical to remain indifferent.