Thanks to Gene Altshuler for providing us with an excellent article, “The Goldilocks Solution,” in the Mountain Democrat on Feb. 5. I hope it serves to reduce radicalism on both sides of the political spectrum.
But the ultimate solution to gridlock is to elect candidates who are experienced and well-qualified for the positions they seek. Executives for executive positions, lawyers for law making, veterans for military and so on. They must also be honest, capable of assimilating both sides of issues and developing a consensus solution.
But most Americans do not vote. Fewer still understand that they must manage those that have been elected to serve them. Those who do vote frequently opt for candidates who denigrate the opposition and demagogue the issues, then they rationalize the obvious deficiencies of those they choose. The head of the “executive branch,” president of the United States and commander in chief of our armed forces has no experience in managing any large organization.
“We have seen the enemy and it is us.”