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Nov 8

Political Obstructionism: We can stop it

I know that people blame the gridlock in Washington on whoever goes against their political leanings. Democrats blame Republicans, Republicans blame Democrats, some people say both damn parties are bad. Well, on one hand, facts are facts and the facts say Republicans have been a giant brick wall. Back in 2010, Senator Mitch McConnell vowed to make President Obama a one-term President, and he and his fellow Republicans have been voting no on everything ever since. It didn’t stop President Obama from his second term, but it pissed off a LOT of people and gave us a lunatic Republican presidential nominee because those people felt like Washington needed “blown up.” So, for me, personally, it’s really easy to blame Republican obstructionism for our lack of progress on everything from immigration reform to making sure American’s roads and bridges don’t fall apart. On the other hand, I see how it’s also our fault, the American voters, both attentive and not.

Actually, it’s not our fault, YET.

Right now, we can see obstructionism and we can stop it. We have an election RIGHT NOW, and we can vote all these obstructionists into a cornfield. First, we have to decide that in this situation, our parties don’t matter. Politics should be about debate and compromise; folks argue their points, then settle on solutions. That said, we can look at the politicians who are already vowing that if Secretary Clinton wins they will block every single one of her Supreme Court nominees, and say, “No. Simply blocking everything is not okay.” When folks like John McCain threaten that, if we elect another Democratic President, they’ll go nuclear on the Supreme Court, we have to demonstrate with votes that we will not be threatened. We will not accept public servants who refuse to serve the public. The practice of All-or-Nothing politics doesn’t help America. When infrastructure legislation can’t through Congress, something’s wrong. When a party refuses to fund research for vaccines, something’s wrong.

Before you go vote today, if you haven’t already, do a quick Google search, something like; “marco rubio obstruction.” If a search like that nets you a bunch of articles about a candidate saying NO to things America NEEDS, don’t vote for them.

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  1. Shawn Morgan November 8th, 2016 1:44 pm

    Well said, Mike. Maybe you gave someone the moment’s pause necessary to avoid a stupid vote. I hope so.