Opinion: Oh-hell-no headline of the day

 Opinion: Oh-hell-no headline of the day:

By George Smith  — July 25, 2021

“GOP eyes plan to kick Cheney, Kinzinger out of the party”

Voicing different ideas to help solve problems is always the best way to work toward the best solution.

Wanting everybody to think the same, walk in lockstep to a regulated beat and mindset is not the workings of a democracy.

The current Republican Party has lost its way, its vision, its push for compassionate conservatism. Following the Trump mantra and model of self-delusion, the party is destroying itself from the inside.

This country needs two (or more) strong parties. But all parties need to have certain elements in order for this nation to remain a world leader: Humility, empathy, the ability to listen to other ideas and to be able to admit when you are wrong.

In the present political climate, few of our elected officials possess these qualities. In 2021, however, the Republican Party is determined to self-destruct in the name of…what, exactly?

They are using pages from the not-so-distant past to suppress votes, hush detractors in their own ranks, using scare tactics in areas of healthcare, gun rights, LGBTQ issues, immigration, education and federal vs. states rights to keep this country divided.

Both parties, without realizing it,  spotlight their fringe players, those on the outer edges of liberalism and conservatism; that hurts both parties with clear-thinking voters.

It’s time to push those publicity-hungry politicians out of both parties and return to the system of conversation, conviviality and compromise.

You know…when real programs and policies to push America and ALL citizens forward was the goal of the executive and legislative branches of government.

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