Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Wake up Call for America and New Hampshire

Yesterday's stunning failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, may be the best thing that has happened to our country in a very long time. Its not because the ACA was not repealed, but rather because it highlights in big bold letters, the utter failure of extreme partisanship. Its a lesson that applies to both the GOP and the Democrats. We need to work together for the common good, not against each other.
Taking extreme positions and never bending is detrimental to our country and our state.
Surely there are some cooler heads in DC that can see the danger of President Trumps hope that the ACA " explodes"? If true, it would hurt many Americans, many of whom supported him. Why would he or anyone for that matter want that to happen?

Who doesn't agree that the ACA needs improvement? Part of the reason it has not been as successful as it could have been, was that the Democrats passed this bill with zero Republican support and then we saw seven years of constant Republican opposition. Now we have come full circle, and Trumpcare/Ryancare did not even make it to a vote.  See where this is headed? Extreme partisanship just doesn't work. Leaders need to lead by seeking common ground and compromise. Great leaders lead from the middle. not the fringes. That was probably Ronald Reagan's greatest strength.
Who in DC and Concord has that same ability? Leaders today seem to lead by encouraging hatred for the opposition. All that does is cause the political divide to grow larger. There is always a middle ground, you just have to be willing to find it.

Both sides are predictably lobbing blame bombs at each other, and the ideological battle lines are again being drawn for the next fight. And on and on it goes. Its not much different here in NH.
Ideologues are pushing their agenda with zero compromise or thought for the constituency that elected them in the first place. Their decisions may be favorable to outside special interests, but
doesn't do much to improve the day to day lives of NH citizens.

There is a long way to go, and I don't see much light at the end of the tunnel, but there is a very feint, almost imperceptible  glimmer of hope. We should latch on to that, nurture it and allow it to grow.









3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The US congress was hijacked by right wing zealots called the freedom caucus. 36 or so republicans now run the country. It is happening here in NH with the secretive house republican alliance led by our Tea party rep cordelli. Wake up people.

Anonymous said...

There are 435 members of the House. Thirty-six is less than 10% of the total. It is 8.2% to be exact. I don't agree that such a low percentage is running the country. The problem, in my view, is the lack of cooperation between the two parties plus all of the commentators on the cable stations. There is no obligation or law to speak the truth anymore. A case in point is a well respected judge maintains that it was British intelligence that tapped Trump Towers. I am a history buff and think that we are like the US just before the Civil War. We will not have a war but we are a house divided.

Anonymous said...

It's not just the U.S. Congress. Have you been to a Moultonborough town meeting or read the letters to the editor in the Sun lately? In true hypocrisy, the Tea Party holds regular meetings at the Moultonborough town library, which I am sure is a government entity that they don't support.