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Letter to the editor: Common good should trump party politics

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 12:01 am

Here’s some information I feel we need to consider for the future of Indiana.

We need to study and consider the laws of the following list of states who are using common sense and nonpartisan party politics in governing for the betterment of their citizens.

Texas, Montana, Utah and Oklahoma have voted to make their states sovereign states. Why?

Arizona, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi and Florida are in the process of considering doing the same thing. Again, why?

They are telling the federal government and the ACLU that the states will bring Christian beliefs back into the courts and other state-run departments, (bring) illegal immigrants under control of the state and protect the Second Amendment rights of the citizens whether they like it or not.

We definitely need to study the states of Illinois, California, Michigan and New York to avoid all the mistakes they have made in governing themselves (such as unethical behavior, nepotism, cronyism, lack of responsibility, lack of common sense, lack of correcting abuses in various programs, outrageous taxes and tax breaks for the citizens and businesses, more people receiving entitlements than are working to pay for them, partisan party politics and ultra-liberal or ultra-conservative views, not protecting the citizens’ Second Amendments rights and freedoms) that have or will lead to the financial downfall of these states. And they have been led by both Democrats and Republicans.

Indiana has slid down the road to being a partisan party political state in their governing methods, both Democrat and Republican.

In the last nine years we have lost any ethical ideals for leading the state. Since the past governor and present governor are both pupils and veterans of Washington, D.C., politics our state has declined in any common-sense leadership.

Programs are being abused all over the state, and the governor and Legislature are doing nothing to correct the roots of these abuses and just cutting taxes without any justifiable means of paying for it.

I am 74 years old and was raised by “old-time Republican grandparents” who valued your word and handshake; if you couldn’t trust them you didn’t vote for them even if they were Republican. I also realized after entering the workforce that I couldn’t afford to be a Republican and learned some of the Democratic ways for citizen protection of jobs.

As I went through life and became involved in politics I also learned to not vote for the party line that demanded their candidates follow loyalty to the party regardless if it was right or wrong. I couldn’t and still don’t understand how this warped mentally is good for the people of the country.

The main problem today is the lack of accepting responsibility for our actions.

Definition: Party politics — political acts and principles directed toward the interests of one political party without references to the common good.

Michael G. Radke

Columbia City