There once was a time in our two party political system when words such as respect and integrity had significant meaning. After all, the establishment of the three branches of government and the separation of powers virtually mandated as much. To become a Congressman or Senator was always considered an honor that required our elected officials to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner, in their never ending quest to carry out the will of the very people that elected them.
Today partisan politics has infected all three branches of government, including the judicial branch, which was considered by many to be the last bastion of objectivity. The news media is saturated with a bias partisan presentation of events, that attempts to legitimize their own political agenda. Blatant misrepresentation, deceit and even lies have now become commonplace, as we all witness the death of civility in American politics.
Many American people no longer look up to our elected officials, whose allegiance seemingly lies with their political party instead of our country as a whole. Politicians are more or less considered untrustworthy, self-serving and in need of term limits across the board. Both parties often use shameless theatrics and underhanded tactics designed to obstruct, humiliate and persecute each other, resulting in delay and a failure to deliver for the American people. Today's politicians are no longer comprised in chief of well qualified individuals bearing a juris doctor degree. Instead today's politicians now include a plethora of inarticulate self-absorbed individuals, former actors and even former marginal comedians.
While it will certainly be a challenge to find the curative solution for what ails our political system, establishing term limits that eliminate career politicians may be a good place to start. Americans are tired of witnessing our overpaid elected officials and politicians engage in uncompromising partisan politics. We the people (not the politicians) are the ones struggling to make ends meet, find a good paying job, maintain quality healthcare coverage and to put healthy food on our tables. If our politicians truly want better years ahead for our country, then they must change their unyielding bias and partisan ways. It is time for our politicians to stop acting like Democrats and Republicans and to start acting like Americans.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.