We're a nice bunch. We really are.
Yet, more than a year of political ads, speeches, rallies, blogs and other related stuff have soiled many in our fine state.
Today, after yesterday's election, The Atlantic asks "If Wisconsin Can't Be Nice, Who Can?" Whatever. I'd argue that both candidates are nice, and politics isn't or shouldn't be personal. Of course many people take everything personally. If you take politics that way, it's your own damn fault.
"Collaborate or die," is a nice mantra and "nice guys finish last" is a bunch of bull. We're here to make the world and our communities better, and if you don't like actions of one individual or entity, let him/her/them know and work hard and passionately to correct what you feel is wrong.
We're all going to continue to "fight" for what we believe in. I, for one, think this "fighting" should come more focus, fun and collaboration. Discussion, debate and disagreement are good. But they should lead to a greater good. Of course, this greater good is something we'll probably all never agree upon but we can all agree with it if we put agendas and our own "truths" to the side.
There's a way to the world, and it works out as it should. I believe this.
No matter your politics or party, let's move our state and cities forward. I say this to even those who weren't nice during this past year of politics.
We're just too smart, fun and generally agreeable to act in any other manner.
Onward and upward, people.
@i.am.robert, how ironic that 40 years ago, when you claim you used to love this state, corporate taxes were much higher, union membership was much greater, more people worked in manufacturing and made enough money to support a family without a college education, government invested heavily in infrastructure like the interstate highway system, they also invested heavily in public education. It would seem as though the state you used to love is the same one the liberals are fighting to hold onto.
There are some great people in Wisconsin. But the behavior of the left, and the lack of response by the right, demonstrates that the 'great people" are few. I loved Wisconsin 40 years ago when I used to think of it as the largest farm community in the country. Why that? because the majority of people were terrific. It was a warm and welcoming place. But I've been watching and experiencing the mood change all those years and it just ain't pretty. And again, after the behavior of the dem legislators, teachers and other union members it was obvious that the state had been surrendered to anarchist, socialists and communists. There's nothing so warmth-engendering at the raised fist. Wasn't that for the Black Panthers and Socialists? Hopefully, after their recall defeat, they will crawl back into their caves and do some hard soul searching.
It's sad. I don't vote Republican or Democrat...I vote for the man or woman who I think will do what's best for this city, state or country. What makes me sad/angry is that most politicians have their own agenda and we, the people, don't seem to matter much to them. I feel most career politicians are out of touch with us "common folk" and what's even more disturbing is that the two sides cannot work together for the common good. When one party is almost giddy with delight because our economy is not getting better and neither side wants to work together...that's doesn't give me much hope for the future. Just my thoughts.
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