Recently while sleeping I had the experience of walking on a steep high mountain trail that ended without the way back being blocked by a slide. I could jump and risk death or starve. Fortunately, I woke up in a safe room in Keizer.
The dream may have been inspired by political events where a political party follows a leader who has indicated they want to bring our nation to an autocratic form of government. Meanwhile, the other side says it wants to serve all Americans through “social infrastructure” improvements, but cannot agree among its own members to pass legislation that would allow. to achieve such goals. All of this is enough for a mere mortal like me to acquire a diet of nightmares.
Thus, our elected officials bicker and fight with each other, day after day, year after year, while the nation (and the state too) linger in a kind of national impasse where it often seems that only the rich do. gains. As a result, those of us who care about what happens to our nation wring our hands in helpless distress, wistfully remembering the days when our politicians were mature enough, self-confident enough. to make decisions, doomed to compromise to keep the nation afloat, with practiced values that went beyond more than gaining more power, more money and more re-elections.
One response to what grieves us is to elect a new roster of politicians who have proven they can get along with others, recognize fact from fiction, and do the hard and responsible work of governing. Opinion also suggests that we need single-number term limits, forcing representatives who leave their constituencies for another state to resign.
These conditions seem vital for a positive future for our children and future generations. In the meantime, we must insist and demand of those who exercise public office to respect their oath of office.
Gene H. McIntyre