To the editor:
Most of our Founders were opposed to organized political parties, both Jefferson and Washington, most vehemently, argued that ideological partisanship would rip our people and nation apart. We have seen that prediction coming true in recent decades.
They argued that we all must be willing to defend the rights of even our enemies, for the good of the nation.
If the majority of us do not move to stop this hyper-partisanship and come up with some solutions that most can agree upon, we will see our great nation continue to decline into the abyss of societal in-fighting and political gridlock.
This has seen every great nation in history fall into bloody civil war, then dictatorship, and has been the well-spring of their eventual total destruction.
Our divisions are truly more demographic than ideological - rural/suburban, white, male, married, with children, productively-employed and "traditional/conservative." opposed to urban, minority, female, unmarried, without dependent responsibilities, unemployed/government-dependent and "liberal/progressive."
The fastest way to see any change in any voter's politics is for them to marry and start a family, which rapidly turns them more conservative, a naturally more cautious course.
Conservatism, by definition, makes a person more reliant upon the "tried and true" wisdoms of the past, a logical survival strategy, yet, more intransigent, an extremely myopic disadvantage, in a world forever rife with change.
Modern progressivism makes a person more accepting of new "potential" solutions, a risky, yet sometimes fruitful survival strategy, but without much appreciation for the well-proven 'old ways', an extremely foolish and closed-minded position, bound to expose any individual or society taking this path to unnecessary pain.
True wisdom comes in recognizing cautious strategies for marrying the best of the "old" with the most promising of the "new" ideas.
This is what Americans have always excelled at.
We should be able to easily come to some agreement upon the most glaringly urgent challenges to our future health, wealth and tranquility.
We have more in common than we care to admit.
None of us want to poison our kids, nor kill our planet, nor be slaves to China, nor OPEC. Also, we need each other, because local production and local markets better serve everyone, and more ideas yield more solutions.
Yet, if we don't start making a concerted effort to find common ground, this foolish partisanship will rip this country apart, just as Washington predicted.
Larry M. Aden