Pharos-Tribune

October 14, 2012

PUBLIC FORUM: Republicans won’t represent voters


— It’s election time and all of the crazies from both parties are/have been out earlier than usual. Thanks to the Supreme Court, we have been inundated with false/misleading ads attacking a party, candidate or both all through the summer and now into the election season. While both parties have engaged in over-the-top hysteria ads, only one can be articulated and demonstrated to be the party of “no.”

In their book, “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks,” economists Norman J. Ornstein, a senior fellow at the American Heritage Institute, and Thomas E. Mann, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, affix a great deal of blame on the GOP for the inaction in Washington, D.C., (and seeping into state and local politics). In their introduction (page XIV), the authors call the GOP “an insurgent outlier -- ideologically extreme, contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy, scornful of compromise, unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”  To be fair, both parties have used some of the same tactics — placing holds on cabinet or judicial appointees to gain more pork money for their state or using the filibuster (or threat thereof) on nominees/legislation approved by both parties. That said, the volume of senatorial holds and filibusters during the Obama presidency has risen exponentially.

It has been authenticated that during the first days of the Obama presidency, House and Senate GOP leaders met to discuss their course of action with the new president. The outcome? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky famously stated (while grinning from ear to ear), “Our objective is to make this a one-term president.” I don’t know about you, but that statement does not exactly give me hope of ending the partisan gridlock.

I fully agree with Mr. Ricks’ statement (Pharos-Tribune, Sept. 30) that said “I’m an American first, not a Republican or Democrat.” These are serious times, and we need people with experience in government. Mitt Romney and Richard Mourdock will not represent the views of their constituents. I am supporting President Obama for a second term and Joe Donnelly for our senator. I believe Mr. Donnelly has done a fine job representing all of his constituents as a congressman and has reached across the aisle to work with Republicans, not extremists, in the House to better the country.

- Michael S. Ayers, Logansport