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Political dogma has no place anymore

June 28, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
Ever heard the term “yellow dog Democrat”? I first heard it while living in Texas and it was explained that it refers to a Democrat so loyal to the party line that they “would vote for a yellow dog, if he was running on the Democrat ticket.”

I know there are Republicans who stand just as firm for their political party, called “rock-ribbed Republicans.”

I don’t like either one.

I’ve listened to too many armchair politicians arguing back and forth, each insisting their party was right, right, right, dammit!, but never listening to what the person on the other side of the debate was saying. There’s too many people on both sides who claim their political party has never done anything wrong in its entire history and the other side is to blame for everything that has ever gone wrong.

That’s not even realistic. BOTH sides have made mistakes and bad decisions.

Politicians are just as bad. I’m tired of elected officials so blindly loyal to their political party that they can't seem to think for themselves, they just follow whatever the party says. It wasn’t the party that elected them into office — it was the people; that’s who they owe their loyalty to. Yet, they continue to court the favor of their party comrades and ignore what the people want them to do.

It’s time for all that to end.

This potential state government shut-down is the line in the sand. Even the most hard-headed political party-liner should realize everybody’s got to work together to get through this. We have got to learn to listen to each other and think for ourselves and work with those on the other side of the aisle to turn around the economy and the debt, both state and federal. We can’t keep doing things the way we’ve been doing them or we’ll keep sliding into the toilet.

So, who’s going to make the first move and get this started on a new path?

 
 

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