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Reader Opinion: The best and worst of politics

I kind of pride myself in being a centrist when it comes to politics. For some reason I have never been able to wholeheartedly support either party for a long time because they want their members to accept the bad with the good instead of weeding out the bad and making things better. I'm just not cut from that bolt of cloth. Maybe it's a little bit stubbornness but I like to believe it has more to do with truthfulness.

Webster calls greed "An Intense and selfish desire for something and especially wealth and power." Think about those two words "wealth and power" and now think about what you would do—and what you wouldn't do—to attain them. It is my opinion that we have lowered the bar to what is acceptable and what is unacceptable when it comes to fairness in politicking. That some of the old moral standards that had to with truthfulness, honesty and respect for your opponent, no longer apply. I cannot accept this.

It is this moral degradation that leads us down the path to ruin. It's not that some people behaving this way is the whole problem, there have always been people straying all over the place when it comes to politics. It's the fact that the party says you're either with us or against us and were not changing. Well if that's what it takes to win I don't want any part of it.

So where does that leave me? Where I was the last election, with no acceptable choice. We should be so ashamed of how we have let these people ruin our government. But that's the trouble. We let them do it.

Mike Holst

Crosslake

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