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Letter: Leaders should be humans first, then Americans, with politics after that
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, left, attends his confirmation hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 4, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

In Thursday’s Times letter column was the headline “Accusations against judge aim to further delay process” with a letter by Bruce Hallowell. In his letter, Mr. Hallowell points out the Democrats are just trying to delay the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

I don’t think they are trying to delay it, I think they would like to stop it, but that is not my point. The Republicans used similar tactics to deny Democrats a Supreme Court nomination when Barack Obama was president.

 This is just another example of how polarized our politics have become, to the detriment of the country, especially when it comes to Supreme Court justices. Everything has become about winning instead of compromise and collaboration for the overall good of the country. Justices should be picked by compromise of both parties, not just rammed through or delayed by the party in power at the moment.

It led me to ponder Vice President Mike Pence’s often repeated statement; “I am a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.” We are not all Christians, we are not all conservative, and we are not all Republicans, but we are all Americans. If those are his true priorities, how can he possibly be looking out for the well-being of all the people in this country? 

He is just an example or how ridged the country’s leaders have become. Shouldn’t all our leaders, once they are elected, consider the opinions of all the people they represent?

 This got me further thinking; what would be the priorities of a really good politician?

I would like to see our political leaders have these priorities: “I am a human, an American, and a (fill in Republican/Democrat/Libertarian/Independent/other), in that order.” 

 First we are human; we have no choice about that. Second, we are all in this great country by choice; most people born here choose to stay here, immigrants choose to come here and we are all Americans, even if that means different things to different people.

Third is where your political views and goals should fit, after being human and an American, especially for our leaders.  Then, maybe we would be less polarized.   

Tom Vivelo

Flowery Branch

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