We Need Two Strong Parties

(Community Matters) Reading blogs, newspapers and Facebook postings, I’m reminded that our country is served well by at least two strong political parties. I take no comfort in the decimation of one, except admittedly to the extent one party stands united in denying me constitutional equality, or united in financing even more tax cuts for the rich at the expense of social and other services for those in need, or united in denying women the right to make their own medical & contraception decisions. Fortunately, the party that lost last night is not united about these objectives. Unfortunately for them, their primary system forced too many candidates into Faustian bargins and the American people remember. Our country is better served by debates and compromises between two parties.

To those at either political extreme, you are in the minority and will increasingly lose elections promoting extremist agendas. This country is no longer single culture dominant. We embrace the richness of our diversity, equality of opportunity, fiscal & personal responsibility, and attention to what ails our planet.

I could be wrong and maybe a Republican will again win the presidency in my life time, but I don’t think so – unless (& I hope they do) current party activists and elected leaders compromise and contribute to solutions dealing with immigration, a revenue model which reestablishes at least Clinton era tax rates & fairness between earned & investment income, and a spending plan which further eliminates waste and invests in physical and human infrastructure.

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