Ira Lacher: “a dysfunctional party shuts out those who deviate from that agenda. We see this in the Republican Party’s utter purge of anyone who dares break with the ultra-right. And we also can begin to see it in the Democratic Party’s reluctance to accept those who oppose abortion.” -promoted by desmoinesdem
In her September 9 column, Des Moines Register editorial page editor Kathie Obradovich praised Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse for telling it like it is. “[I]nstead of pointing fingers across the aisle or at any other convenient scapegoat,” she writes, “Sasse puts the blame squarely where it belongs: On every so-called lawmaker who has abdicated the job of making laws in favor of the full-time occupation of getting re-elected.”
Getting re-elected is a full-time job, one that seemingly everyone elected to public offices relishes. They put on so much relish that it completely disguises the hot dog beneath: that they were elected to do the people’s work. And they spend their entire lives in search of ever-juicier relish.
But there’s a way to bring balance back. It’s simple and it’s obvious, and Americans — Democrats, Republicans and independents — are overwhelmingly in favor, according to at least one poll this year.