Ever since the beginning of the Obama years, we have heard these protests.

We are ruined.  We will have things forced down our throat.  We will be ignored.

We will be walked over.  We will not compromise.  We will not cooperate.  We will do whatever we can to thwart the other party.  They are wrong for America. It’s always the other party’s fault.

And now, with the recent election and the change in the fortunes of the elected ones, we hear these protests:

We are ruined.  We will have things forced down our throat.  We will be ignored.

We will be walked over.  We will not compromise.  We will not cooperate.  We will do whatever we can to thwart the other party.  They are wrong for America. It’s always the other party’s fault.

And now wait, if you look back even further, you can almost say the same thing about these polar opposites as far back as the beginning of the century.  That’s almost 15 years now, and by the time of the election, it will be more.

It is time for those of us in the middle – who see the sense of using old political tool of compromise, of horse trading, of wheeling and dealing, of good old-fashioned negotiation – to somehow disengage the tactics of those out there on the ends of the spectrum who have brought nothing but gridlock and sour attitude.

Contact your legislators, regardless of party affiliation, and insist that it is time to pull towards the center, towards serving the most people.  Stay on them, too.  This applies to all levels: federal, state, county and municipal.

IN the meantime, those of you who fit the first few paragraphs, loosen up, would you?  The rest of us are tired of you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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