With all the tumult and the strife in our country today, I thought that a blast of sanity might be a welcome change.  For too long we have let politics polarize us and allowed the two-party system to impose dualistic choices on the problems we face.  It’s time to get real again and to go back to a time when we could all sit down and reason together.  The solutions to our problems today do not lie wholly within the democratic party OR wholly within the republican party; the answers we seek are neither liberal/progressive OR conservative.  They are, instead, a little bit of both.  And I think we know this.  But we have allowed our two-party system to hijack all common sense.  Too many of us put on our party glasses and refuse to see issues as they really are.  We defend behavior simply because it was committed by someone in the same party as we are, yet blast it if the ‘opponent’ behaves the same way.  We need to sit down, take a breath, grow up and reclaim our common sense.  This country is at a turning point and we need to be  grown-ups for a change instead of aging flower children.

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