To the Editor:
The recent letter to the editor lecture on electoral vs. legislative politics was interesting if not informative. It exemplifies the vast differences in how citizens see or understand the political theater.
However, I disagree with the conclusion that you must surrender your values, cultural leanings, mores and sometimes ethics as a compromise to get legislation passed on “clean air, education, housing, health and security.”
If there are differences between liberals and conservatives, all political decisions and voting will be partisan, because to vote or act against one’s core values is a violation of the trust constituents have in their elected representatives who campaigned on those values. The most anger and disappointment directed at politicians arises when they vote or express solutions contrary to those previously articulated. For a politician to willfully deceive the voters is not simply immoral, it should be treasonous.
We are witnessing a “fundamental change” in our country as promised by the president. Unfortunately for those of us who opposed his ideas, we must suffer the inflation, loss of international clout, degradation of our military, destruction of the nuclear family, use of government agencies to attack political opponents, and other abuses defeated people are subjected to by the victors.
Without our few elected officials who represent our deeply held values, and who are without doubt “partisan,” we would have no voice to slow, if not stop the runaway train we call the United States. Spare us some dignity and allow our elected officials to remain partisan on behalf of the conservative minority who remain hopeful this madness will run its course and we as a country can regain our fiscal, moral and spiritual direction.
We, too, wish good things for the citizens of this once great nation; yet, we believe in personal responsibility.