Some of you know that I'm pretty anti-political, so this post is pretty out of the ordinary for me. I read this opinion piece (take heed that I'm recognizing it as such!) in the Washington Post this afternoon, and I feel that it captures a lot of the reasons I try to avoid politics in general. Some very nice quotes from a few moderate Republicans:
I am really tired of obstructionism, and I'm tired of sheeple. The Dems are very guilty of these things, but I do see the Pubs as leading the way in this regard. This country is going to continue to face bigger and bigger challenges as long as people are only out to win the next election, and not working to make the country better.The GOP’s evolution has become too much for some longtime Republicans. Former senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska called his party “irresponsible” in an interview with the Financial Times in August, at the height of the debt-ceiling battle. “I think the Republican Party is captive to political movements that are very ideological, that are very narrow,” he said. “I’ve never seen so much intolerance as I see today in American politics.”
And Mike Lofgren, a veteran Republican congressional staffer, wrote an anguished diatribe last year about why he was ending his career on the Hill after nearly three decades. “The Republican Party is becoming less and less like a traditional political party in a representative democracy and becoming more like an apocalyptic cult, or one of the intensely ideological authoritarian parties of 20th century Europe,” he wrote on the Truthout Web site.