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Only 67 days of political madness left—only! PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican Co-Publisher
If you’re like me, you can hardly wait until election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. But casting my vote is not what I’m most anxious about. Instead, it will signal a welcome end to another season of political madness, at least for two years.
Just 67 days remain until we know whether President Barack Obama will serve another four years or whether Republican challenger Mitt Romney will be successful in his bid to take the country down a new path.
Going into this week’s Republican National Convention, the race stood at a dead heat. But after each party’s convention, they typically get a bounce in the polls. If that happens for Romney, it could be short-lived as the Democrats hold their national convention next week.
The jousting between Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C., has created an atmosphere of discontent with our government never experienced before in our lifetimes.
The most important issue is not who, but how!
Short of war, our country faces the worst financial and economic woes seen in three generations.  Each political party and its candidates, whether on the state or national level, tout how
Washington is broken.
They each promise, if elected or re-elected, to bring America back to its greatness. Those rah-rah convention speeches we bear witness to this week and next are simply that—cheerleading for their own team.
We’re just 67 days away from an election that could profoundly affect the future of this great country. But in all the rhetoric, not one candidate has told us “how” they are going to bring America back to its greatness.
In previous administrations, the work of the people got done by working across political aisles. Our leaders weren’t afraid of compromise if it meant what was best for our country.
Two years ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the goal of the Republicans over the next two years was to insure that Barack Obama is a one-term president.
In the last two years, nothing of any substance has been accomplished by Congress. With the Republicans digging in their heels, so did the Democrats and we as Americans are paying the price. You can’t point your finger at just one party—there’s plenty of blame to go around for both.
We’re tired of our elected leaders telling us about the problems we have, such as a burgeoning national debt. Instead, we want to hear “how” they are going to solve those problems as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans.
With 67 days left, let’s hope we hear about solutions instead of the finger-pointing rhetoric we’ve gotten so far. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not who, but how!


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