An interview with Senator Carlton B. Wilderment
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Note: United States Senator Carlton B. Wilderment is now serving
his sixth term in the Senate. The tall, silver haired son of the south spoke with
us regarding the apparent gridlock in the Senate. We sat down in a small office in
the main building of the school Senator Wilderment graduated from – Longwood
Agricultural Junior College. Senator Wilderment speaks with a deep Southern
accent.


RC
“Senator, what changes in the Senate have you seen during your six terms?”

Senator Wilderment
“Well, sir, it used to be, when I was first elected to this august body, that, during certain important times Democrats and Republicans would get together and create a solution to a problem. Nowadays we don’t get together that much.”

RC
“It seems that voting in the Senate today is based strictly on party affiliation.”

Senator Wilderment
“I must admit that it seems that way. The party leaders generally meet with us to discuss that voting across our party lines would benefit the opposition party.”

RC
“Do you find, Senator, that there are occasions when fellow Senators in your party find that voting for a bill brought by the opposition party would be the prudent thing to do?”


Senator Wilderment
“Why, yes. There are many times when our constituents would benefit from a compromise, but we are urged not to support a bill sponsored by the opposition party.”

RC
“What is guiding the leadership of your party?”

Senator Wilderment
“Sir, we are dedicated to protecting and enriching the lives of our fellow Americans.”

RC
“Well stated, sir, but you must admit that the serious partisanship in the Senate, as well as in the House of Representatives, is causing a breakdown in the possible passage of many good pieces of legislation. Voting in the Senate today is by bloc – Democrats against Republicans. Neither party wants to do anything that will bring credit to the other.”

Senator Wilderment
“Sir, perhaps you don’t understand, if we vote for a bill that is sponsored by the other party that will make them look good and that would give them ammunition during the next election. We wouldn’t want to give the other party any kind of an advantage in the election.”

RC
“But isn’t what you’re saying is that getting re-elected is more important than honestly representing the American people?”

Senator Wilderment
“Why, no, I mean, yes, well, what I mean is if we don’t get re-elected and the other party wins the election then our party is no longer in control of the Senate, see what I mean?”

RC
“Yes, I do, Senator. But, as you and your fellow Senators and Representatives are devoting your energies to the next election the American public suffers from not having honest, ethical and high-principled representatives in public office. The very foundation of our republic is floundering as our politicians ignore the will of the people and make their own re-election their primary focus.”

Senator Wilderment
“Sir, I don’t think you understand. My fellow Senators and I listen to what our constituents have to say, it’s just that it’s very important that our party looks good and our members re-elected. After all, where would the party be if we lost the next election? Then the other party would have a majority and we would be on the outside looking in. Our party is good for America.”

RC
“Thank you for your time, Senator. I think you’ve explained to our readers just what the problem is in Washington.”

Senator Wilderment
“You’re welcome. I’m glad I could help.”
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