An op-ed on CNN by Lou Zickar, editor of The Ripon Forum, says that there is a ‘silent majority’ here in America and that they are ‘underrepresented in American political life.’ Zickar describes these people as the ones who
supported the Democrats in 2008 and the Republicans in 2010. They voted for Obama because he seemed like a different kind of leader, and then opposed him two years later because he ended up being not that different at all. They’re willing to give him another shot next year, because they like him. But they’re keeping their eyes open for other possible candidates. If you had to put a label on them, it would most likely be independent, but there are also some Republicans and Democrats in the group.
Zickar says that ‘they’re looking for results from their leaders, not rhetoric, because they want government to work. To that same end, they’re looking for value, not values, from Washington, because they want to know the tax dollars they are sending to our Nation’s capital are being put to good use and providing some sort of return.’
Hmm. I like what Zickar has said and I think that I’m not too far-off from the position of as this group of people. Results not rhetoric. Value not values. And he says that this group of Americans want their leaders to come together and make the tough decisions needed to move this nation forward. He concludes: Amid all the rhetoric and finger pointing, isn’t it time our elected leaders listen to their voice?
Well, clearly it is past time for that to happen, but the partisan rhetoric, fueled by special interest money, muzzles our members of Congress. Nothing will change as long as those elected to Congress are tied more closely to their doners than the people they represent. The looming debt-ceiling crisis is symptomatic of the ends to which well-funded ideologues will go to prove their point.
Meanwhile 300,000,000 Americans stand by and watch the horror develop as 500 men and women bicker and defend their political contributors and their personal ideology. Surely this is not what our Founding Fathers envisioned some 230 years ago. It’s time for another Constitutional Convention because this system of governance is not serving The People any longer.