Four more years of gridlock

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Gridlock, and the continued widening of the gap between the two political parties on the federal level, leaves most Americans questioning how we will ever resolve the many problems facing the nation. Both parties have taken political spin mastery to outrageous new levels. Playing to the outer limits of their political bases has done nothing positive for the country and thus it leaves only division, anger, confusion and misinformation among the masses.

More and more American citizens are realizing that neither party has their best interests at heart. Playing chicken, showing complete disrespect for each other and the offices they hold, leaving the country deep in debt while failing to control spending and yet promising that their party alone can solve the ever growing problems facing our nation is leaving citizens with little choice and opportunity. The American political system is now seriously broken and no one in a leadership role nor established party seems prepared to modify their approach in an effort to fix it. Instead this election is shaping up to be just another head bashing, over promising, negative and deeply dividing event sure to leave many frustrated voters wondering how much longer we can tolerate the sad state of the country.

It’s doubtful we will see well recognized national figures break ranks from the established parties, join together and provide serious solutions while proving their genuine sincerity. I fear we will be left once again hoping something will change. We need to face the simple fact that neither party candidate will win with a national mandate, thus forcing the losing party to dig in their heels even further causing even greater stonewalling, and the only things growing will be gridlock, unemployment and the national debt. We all know it’s going to happen like the car accident that happens before your eyes in slow motion. Gridlock is the only thing Washington has mastered over the last 20 years and it ensures the status quo of “If we can’t win then we’ll keep you from being successful at all costs so we have a better chance next time around.” That game may work for the politicians but it’s done little for the country and its future generations.

Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@denpubs.com.

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