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          The ongoing self-destructive road show called the Republican Debates are giving all of us a clear insight into what our nation has become.

          We are divided and becoming more and more divided with each debate, press release and unpleasant, hateful and odious television commercial.

          Politics has always been a dirty game. Nothing new here, itís just that the game has been ratcheted up so many notches that the mere mention of a liberal to a conservative causes deep animosity and increased pulse rates. Mentioning conservative values to a liberal causes toes to curl in their shoes and fists to tighten.

          The competition has gone beyond reasonable. The animosity between those who claim to be conservatives and those leaning towards the liberal side has grown to a bitter divide and the hostilities have entered our national psyche.

          The bitterness has reached a point where millions of Americans have Ė or are losing faith in their elected officials or those wanting to hold office.

          Compounding Americaís fading faith in politicians is the belief by many that our representatives in Washington are merely lackeys to the interests of big business. Appearances would indicate that the largest companies exist in a world different than ours. The very large companies operate in a space that is apart from local interests and the problems of their American neighbors. They hold the power of small countries.

          But perhaps the most negative and penetrating result of the inability of the Democrats and Republicans to co-exist for the benefit of our grand union is the doubting, cynical frame of mind it has imbued in Americans of all persuasions.

          With increasing frequency conservatives and liberal citizens are becoming dismayed at the incessant quibbling and verbal warfare displayed by those for whom weíve voted. The cynicism is causing Americans to lessen their hope in the political system and the trustworthiness of our elected officials. There is a growing feeling that big business in America is our actual government. That the thousands of lobbyists in Washington and their overstuffed pockets dictate what laws are passed or dispatched to the trash bins of the legislature. Presidents are not immune to growing cynicism. The obstructionism and total negative and stubborn partisanship of both parties has stalled our rise above the disastrous recession and has caused grief for the president, as he observes the unending warfare between the two parties. At this crucial time in our history we are observing a ďdo-nothingĒ government.

          The Republican debates have turned into a bitter conflict between Gingrich and Romney with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum adding their two bits when asked.

          Americans, who arenít exactly in love with their current president, watch as Gingrich and Romney construct every conceivable negative from each otherís past. Americans, later on this year, will be faced with the dilemma of electing an unpopular sitting president or one of the two men who have practically destroyed each otherís credibility during the past few months. We have been privy to the slug-fest between Romney and Gingrich. It could be that the last one standing will have acquired too many wounds to win the next battle. As these two battle the president sits in the Oval Office observing the thrashing these two inflict on each other. The president must be smiling.

          The presidentís smile will soon be replaced by a grimace as he and the last Republican standing will be toe-to-toe, slinging malevolent and malicious spears at each other.

          And during all of this, Americanís faith in the system ebbs. We wonder if we might ever again hear a bit of applause for something that either a Democrat or a Republican has contributed. We long for, just once, a Democrat applauding a Republican thought. We long for Republicans giving an ovation to a Democrat for a worthwhile contribution for the good of the nation. Americans need to see the ability of the members of the two parties working together for our benefit. We long to see a Republican congratulate the president. There is something ungenuine and illogical to think that a president cannot, even once, do something beneficial for our country.

          Our nation needs to observe the members of both parties and the president, working together, with our citizens as the beneficiary of their actions.

          We need a sign that this decade-long impasse will soon end.

          Even the Yankees can, once in a while, say something nice about the Red Sox.

         

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