The Monster

Remember my recent post entitled, “A Crazy Idea”? Well look at what Susan Collins (R-ME) said as related to voting rights during the For the People Act discussion:

“S1 would take away the rights of people in each of the 50 states to determine which election rules work best for their citizens.”

As Heather Cox Richardson commented in her most recent newsletter: Republicans insist that federal protection of voting rights is federal overreach; that the states should be in charge of their own voting rules.

(“The states,” of course, meaning the Republican-led states.)

It just seems so apparent to me that Republicans propose and vote for any and all measures that will benefit them and their states; whereas Democrats tend to approach government from a more egalitarian perspective. (This isn’t to say that everything they propose is going to be applauded by the nation as a whole, but they do seem to work towards compromise.)

So again I ponder the idea of dividing the nation into two separate entities. Yes, I’ve read all the feedback on my other post and am well aware of the complications – plus the fact such an action is highly improbable, if not impossible. 

But again and again, the monster of political divide rears its ugly head within the halls of Congress. And unfortunately, its roar is getting louder and louder, to the point that the “voice of the people” is being drowned out by the whims and wills of individuals who put personal political desires ahead of their constituents.

Hopefully, those that have made a career of politics –and have been on the scene for umpteen years– will be replaced by younger, more vibrant, more modernistic-thinking individuals over the next two or three generations. I won’t be around, but hopefully, my grandchildren will experience a government in which the “monster” has been subdued and the majority of elected officials will represent the people, rather than themselves. 

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