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Our Country in Peril

Political maneuvering is nothing new, and today, I for one, am sick of our current elected politicians trying to disregard the will of the people. They get elected, moved to our capital and wait for the gravy-train to arrive.

When our new country came together to form a government, people came for all walks of life. After our founding fathers wrote our constitution, establishing the foundation, the rules and regulations needed to offset chaos, those who formed the first Congress were, for the most part, just ordinary citizens obliged to do ‘their part’ for our young country.

They were farmers, blacksmiths, bakers, some lawyers, doctors, and others. They came, spent their time according to our new constitution, and then went home, back to the life they had put on hold to serve their new country.

THEY DID NOT BECOME PROFESSIONAL POLITICIANS.

That came later when it proved to be a way to not only become rich but to have power. The backroom kind of power, controlling the puppets on a string.

But times change, and some who came to serve, served well, with the courage of conviction, compassion and resolve to do what was good for America.

Today we lost one who served and served well. John Dingell died today. He was the longest-serving member of Congress, having been elected in 1955. After a historic tenure that included landmark votes on civil rights, authorizing wars and Medicare, Dingell retired in 2014 in frustration over the entrenched partisanship that came to define Congress in his final years.

“I find serving in the House to be obnoxious,” Dingell told The Detroit News when he announced his retirement. “It’s become very hard because of the acrimony and bitterness.”

He used his final days on Capitol Hill to warn future generations about the growing partisanship.

"Like all of you, I'm troubled about the times in which we find ourselves. We have too much ill-will, too much hatred, too much bitterness, too much anger," Dingell said at an event marking his record as the longest-serving member of Congress in 2013. "Congress means 'a coming together,' where people come together to work for great causes in which they all have an important interest. … We have, I think, unfortunately, because of the pressure of the times, forgotten this."

Oh to have this kind of person in office now.


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