Partisan politics are tearing apart our country.
The recent election of Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts is a prime example of this as is the constant battle over President Obama’s proposed health care bill.
Not to say that Mr. Brown does not deserve his seat in the Senate, but immediately following the upset of the Democratic favorite to take over for the late Edward Kennedy, news stations essentially went crazy.
There was constant talk of, more or less, the Republican Party ambushing the Democratic Party to take the election and eliminate a key advantage that the Democrats had previously held.
This may very well have meant that the Democrats sat on their hands, anticipating an easy victory, while the Republicans took the initiative, albeit veiled in secrecy, and took another seat as various news organizations were spouting off after the surprising results.
Again, there are no problems with the election of Brown, the problem is with terms such as “ambush.”
People would probably like to think that the elected officials are working together to pass legislation that would benefit the nation as a whole. “Ambush” is just an ugly term. It insinuates that each party is working directly against each other to achieve their own means, not a means that would likely benefit the nation.
Legislation should include compromises, because both of the major parties do have major points that are in the best interest of the people. But it seems as though some of the things that come up in Congress, and everyday conversation for that matter, are played so sharply along party lines, that the issues that are in question never find resolution and remain in limbo.
Things such as the proposed health care plan that is in varying stages of being approved or shot down.
Being such a huge issue, possibly the biggest domestic issue that will be dealt with during this administration, it should not be hurried through the approval process. The bill should be well thought out and gain input from every corner since it will likely affect every American in some way.
Because of this, maybe the election of another Republican is a good thing. It will probably delay and break up the passing of the comprehensive health care plan that was originally proposed.
According to information from a recent New York Times article, lawmakers from both sides of the political spectrum anticipate that the smaller pieces of the health care legislation that have already passed through both the House and the Senate will likely be pulled out and be repackaged together into a less comprehensive but more widely agreed on version of the bill, which should command more support from both parties.
Overall, the country does not seem ready for as huge of a change that the health care bill represents. But, if it is a gradual process that makes small, but significant changes, perhaps partisan politics will begin to fall by the wayside and a more ideal form of legislation will take precedence.