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When did ‘We’ become ‘Us and Them’

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To the editor:

The election is over and I am sure that the majority of us are happy to have seen the last of the barrage of political advertising. Even the most ardent political junkies will admit that it was getting intolerable.

There was more money spent by candidates and parties than at any time in our history trying to get their message out. The messages came by electronic media, television, radio and mail. It seems that the more you donated to a candidate, the more they asked for. I, like many in our area, was subject to ads for candidates in three states.

One thing I voiced was that the message from both parties was, “He/She will fight for us.” It ¬†made me start to wonder, who is us? And who is them? The candidates never really defined who was “us.” I think that is because they wanted all to think the we were the constituency that they represented. Is “us” the poor? Is “us” the 47 percent? Is “us” the elderly? Is “us” the taxpayer? Is “us” the illegal aliens? The women seeking birth control? The conservatives? The moderates? The middle class?

And when did this us and them stuff get started? Was it when President Obama talked about redistribution of wealth? Was it when certain Republicans vowed that he would be a one-term president? Was it when hanging chads decided an election?

Somehow, our politicians have started a class war in our nation. Both sides are guilty. Am I naive to think that this is something new? I don’t think so.

I am old enough to remember when the people we elected were statesmen. They were patriotic men and women who went to Washington to do what was best for our nation. They knew that there were plenty of “them” outside our borders who were not on our side and we needed to work together to keep America great. Sure they tried to bring home what was best for their states, but there was give and take. Now we have become so partisan that if one party has an idea, the other party is against it just to be sure that the others can’t claim success.

I for one am very tired of the election rhetoric. The election is over and hopefully we have sent people to Washington who will fight for “us.” All of Us. There are a lot of “thems”: our there waiting for us to fail because of the partisan infighting. I hope all our politicians keep in mind that the two letters in US are not complete until we ad an A. God bless the USA.

Brian Pontolilo

Westport

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  1. What a terrific article! I too am old enough to remember when our politicians were statesmen. When the country came together after each election, shook hands, and worked for the good of the country.

    I believe that we need term limits, we need to cut the legislative pensions, we need to have our legislators pay into social security, and to have the same insurance coverage that is available to us. I believe that people should be running for office because they want to serve their country… not grow their own personal wealth.

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