Is America following in Rome’s footsteps?
What's happening with this once proud country of ours? It would seem that our various federal elected representatives are more interested in pleasing their party leaders than they are in working for the good of America.
The finger of blame is being pointed at Republicans by Democrats and at Democrats by Republicans for all of the ills that have become commonplace in our United States of America.
Supposedly, the more intelligent among our voters (and they seem greatly limited these days) are hoping to put people in office who will be working for the good and/or betterment of America, and not to further the whims/dictates of their party of choice.
Just listening to the television news, which mostly nauseates me, one gets the impression that we are becoming a more and more divided nation.
The de facto in-for-life senators and representatives are like sheep being led by a self-appointed shepherd who is fully involved in satisfying personal and party, sometimes devious, intentions rather than first being Americans.
Representatives are properly in federal office to speak for their constituents in a certain area of their respective states, but that does not lessen their obligation to our country. Senators are specifically charged with doing what's best for America including our stature in the world community. Are you satisfied that they are doing the job for which they were elected? I'm not.
To a much lesser degree, the same syndrome seems to be happening in our beautiful Edmonds by the Sea community.
It very much appears that voters in local area elections are more impressed by a candidate's party of preference rather than their commitment to their own principles and the welfare of the community they are supposedly elected to guide.
In fairness, it is difficult to understand what these principles and intentions are, as we rarely know the true nature of the candidate. They are not required to declare a general policy or, for that matter, a party.
They are sometimes noted with a "party of preference" on the ballot, but most of what we read about them otherwise may or may not be truthful. To read the prepared statements of the candidates in the print media, they all seem to be interested in doing everything right for the community. Who knows what their real agenda might be?
Should we, as voters, have a preference of one party over the other? I believe we should, but it is still our obligation to put people in office who will serve our community better. Name recognition should not be the deciding factor in an election, either locally or federally.
Unfortunately, as some less-than-desirable individuals stay in office forever, it appears that name recognition is the reality. Too bad.
When, as my grandpappy was used to saying, are we "going to wake up and die right?" The way we are heading federally should be a red flag that America, like ancient Rome, is heading for self destruction.