After the great debate on the debt ceiling hijacked Washington DC and the rest of the country a month ago, Americans are fed up with the yelling across the aisle via sound bites on Fox News and MSNBC. Discontent with Congress is at a record high. According to the latest AP-GfK poll taken last week, its approval rating is 12%. The country is tired of party coming before solutions.
"They're so committed to their personal ways, and party's way, that they are having a hard time finding a middle road," Republican Frank Chase, 77, a military retiree from Hopkinton, Mass., said of both sides.
Democrat Laurie Lewis, a Rutgers University professor from Flemington, N.J., agreed with that much. "Elect those who are willing to make compromise on both sides of the hall," she said.
With the country wanting representation based upon solutions rather than party, Governor Pat Quinn again proved he just doesn’t get it. Earlier this week, Governor Pat Quinn blasted Illinois Speaker Mike Madigan for going to a Lemont event featuring Speaker of the House, John Boehner.
Governor Quinn believes that as chairman of the Democratic party, Mike Madigan should stand with Democratic President Barack Obama of Illinois. "Frankly, I’m disappointed," Governor Quinn said. "I know Mike, and he’s been a strong Democrat for as long as I’ve known him. I don’t think going to see John Boehner at some gathering at a house in Lemont... sends the right message. I think Speaker Boehner let the country down, and I don’t think he deserves any support."
What??!!? I would rather have a politician have courage to speak out against the leader of his party if that leader’s policies are taking the country or state in the wrong direction, rather than hiding behind the party’s leader when the ship goes down. It should not take political courage to speak out against a party leader– it should be expected. That’s the problem with our political process. We the People are not represented anymore– party politics and sound bites come before compromise and solutions.
Pat Quinn demonizing all Republicans because they’re Republicans is another example of why our state and country is in the mess we’re in.
I’d much rather see my elected representative sit down with John Boehner– have a beer with him and say: "John Boehner is right" when he’s right; rather than outright dismiss him because he’s a Republican.
To Pat Quinn, going to a fundraiser where John Boehner is present, doesn’t send the right message. Apparently blind faith and allegiance to political party is the right message in Quinn World.
Hopefully, this is the battle line in the 2012 elections. If your elected representative– on any level– blindly supports party, then vote her out. If your representative believes, like Pat Quinn, that he can’t support people on the other side of the aisle, then vote him out. We have to remember, they work for us, not their political parties.
It’s time we vote for people who will fight the good of our state and country ahead of those who will fight for the good of their political party.
Pat Quinn, like many politicians around the country, just doesn’t get that.