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Your Views: It’s time to stop pointing fingers, unite for our nation

POSTED: November 14, 2012 1:00 a.m.

Since the Nov. 6 election, I’ve heard lots of conservatives throwing tantrums and behaving like spoiled children.

Some say America is lost. Others say it has turned its back on God. Most blame Mitt Romney as a flawed candidate. Others blame American citizens, saying America gets the government it deserves.

Oddly, none of them blame themselves or their social and economic policies. Apparently, if you believe you’ve been anointed by God, you cannot be wrong. If this sounds like you, please take a long, hard look in the mirror, and say that wonderful prayer asking God for serenity.

My version goes like this: Lord, grant me the wisdom to find common ground with my political opposition so we can move forward together. Encourage me to gently speak my religious convictions rather than force them on others who may feel differently. Remind me, Lord, that you didn’t send me here to sow discord and division amongst others. Grant me the serenity and grace to accept the things I cannot change.

As a Times reader, my hat is off to John Lees for his insightful letter on what our election process has become. So many reforms are needed to “unfix” the current system so the outcome is not predetermined or fixed far in advance of Election Day. For starters, “none of the above” should be a permanent choice on every ballot.

In addition, if every state would allocate their electors as a percentage of the statewide popular vote, candidates would no longer be able to win by just campaigning in a small number of key states. When vast media profits are made through the process of holding elections, the system becomes corrupted and disfigured. It’s been said that money is the root of all evil, and our political system is baptized in it.

I also appreciate the thoughtful commentary of Alan Shope, whose letter suggested that if practically every other developed country in the world has universal health care, there’s no reason to believe that America should not. He is right. We can do this.

Think of all the blood and treasure we wasted in the war against Iraq, a war based on a lie. That war was fought on a credit card, and today no conservative wants to raise taxes to pay for it. Imagine if we had instead spent that time and money, and directed all those lives, to the creation of an army of government doctors and nurses to be sent forth into the American population to heal the sick.

There are many things we can do, but first we must come together for the common good rather than obstruct our democratic system for partisan gain. Congressmen who repeatedly yell “Hell no!” and senators who admit their No. 1 priority is to undermine and obstruct the president should be censured. By willfully sowing discord and rebellion, they have done harm to our country. Surely they can hear the voices of American citizens who now call on Congress to unite.

Bruce Vandiver
Lula


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