"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
Tomorrow evening, former U. S. Senator Olympia Snowe and former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman come to Charlotte to discuss our nation's insufferably partisan political system.
She's a Republican and he's a Democrat.
They'll speak on how our elected officials MUST get back to civil discourse, cooperation, and compromise if our country is to return to its former glory.
Now good luck with that.
Our "representatives" – and I use that term loosely – seem to think that a skin-of-their-teeth victory in the general election is a mandate for doggedly defending their party's political doctrine.
"We're right; you're wrong" – no matter what.
And what's that gotten us?
Economic stagnation…budgets that don't get passed…
Congressional sessions that go into overtime because no consensus can be reached…
and constituents who are basically ashamed of the very people they've elected.
According to an August Gallup poll, only 13% of Americans approve of the way Congress is doing its job.
And that number is not atypical.
They haven't received even a 30% rating since August of 2009.
And yet, we keep voting them into office.
What can be done about partisan politics and its crippling effect on our nation?
Perhaps Ms. Snowe and Mr. Glickman will have some answers.
Now that they're FORMER government officials, they may actually be able to work together.