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Letter to the Editor: Whatever happened to country pride?


It seems to me that throughout most of my seven decades of life the federal government was perceived as the organization that would provide laws, rules and regulations to provide for the overarching security and well being of the country's population. Sure, state governments provide the "ground level" day to day management we all are to follow, but the "feds" were the group of elected folks who would tie us all together to be the "United" part of United States.

The last 20-plus years have proven the lie to that idea. What I have seen evolving is a disjointed federal government dedicated not to uniting the country but rather dedicated to party power acquisition and disunity. Both parties routinely "shade" the truth in their statements to the media, individual members joining together as a party to ram their platforms into law (without any middle ground compromises), and plan for their own continued employment. Truth to the people has become a joke. Serving the people has become a joke when one party's prime goal is to have the leader of our country fail in order to be able to replace him. Whatever happened to country pride?

The U.S. representative for Virginia's 6th Congressional District, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, is a prime example of the misrepresentation that has become so prevalent in Congress. Mr. Goodlatte has been in Washington for 20 years (10 terms) and has voted strict Republican party lines for 94 to 98 percent of the time (depending on which report one reads). He is not working to fix the problem, he is part of the problem.

I favor a change in our elected representatives. Andy Schmookler will provide that breath of fresh air and will tell the truth.

Lee Jette


Rep. Bob Goodlatte has overstayed his welcome. I'm very happy to see him challenged at last. We need to give Andy Schmookler a chance to represent us: he understands our needs and the issues of the day.

Goodlatte doesn't want any debates televised. In fact he has only agreed to one debate. Why? Is he afraid to go up against Andy Schmookler? Is he afraid to have his record exposed?

Yes, I believe Andy has the smarts to finally flush Goodlatte out of his comfortable little DO NOTHING zone. We don't need another Republican clone, we need someone listening to us! Demand a public debate (live) on TV.

In fact I would like to see all the candidates stop the silly, over the top ads and get to the real issues. I'm sick of the silly baby kissing and people hugging road shows: cut the nonsense and start the debates - real debates!

This was a very good and to the point artical, and Lee seems to have all these scoundrels figured out. Then boom....near the end it turned from talking country pride into just another political hack's add for the democratic party.

May I suggest the whack job calling hisself ‘Tea Time’ take his coloring book, go sit in the corner and play with himself …. we’ll call you when we need you.

And remember, coloring, inside the lines makes mommy proud.


Bwwaaaahhhhhh hahahahaha

TeaTime read the part you like and tune out anything that doesn't agree with your made up mind. That's the way the collective masses work. I won't be nasty and get personal like ROFLMAO likes to do.

Have you followed Goodlatte's voting record? Or are you just jumping on the Republican Bandwagon believing every thing they put out there?

This party is lying through its teeth about Medicare etc. They figure if they can scare the older crowd and keep some poor people from voting (by suddenly requiring photo I.D's) - they will win.


As an American you need to figure out the truth for yourself. The Republican Party is owned by Corporate America: they could care less about you, me or anyone who doesn't serve their purpose. And I don't pretend that Democrats are angels, of course. Everyone has to find millions and millions to run for office: that MUST change too!

There are many things wrong with this country and world (for that matter): "Money is the Root of All Evil" but I'll take my chances with the Democrats before I ever trust a Republican Administration again. They need to clean up their act. Right now they look pretty desperate!

Most of us will not live long enough to see the mess, George W. Bush left behind, ever resolved. Maybe that's why these candidates never mention this fool and instead worship the late Ronald Reagan.

They are counting on short memories and IGNORANCE. The Dumbing Down of America by Manuel Valenzuela (go online) may chill you to the bone. It sounds all too familiar right now. Don't just sit back and be spoon-fed lies, go after the truth wherever it leads you.

Yes, Diane, it is a very scary time for America with people such as this person running for office.

Akin said. “I think the federal government should be out of the education business.”

1. Akin believes Medicare is unconstitutional. In a set of remarks that also questioned the validity of climate science, Akin asserted that providing healthcare for the elderly is unconstitutional, saying “I don’t find in the Constitution that it is the job of the government to provide health care.” He also called for a repeal of the 17th Amendment, which allows voters, rather than their state legislatures, to choose who will represent them in the Senate.
2. Akin said that “the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God.” Akin once claimed, after an NBC broadcast accidentally omitted “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, that the network intentionally took it out as part of a “systematic effort to try to separate our faith and God” because “the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God.” Despite a strong backlash from religious leaders, Akin refused to apologize and doubled down on his remarks.
3. Akin is one of the most anti-gay GOP members of the House. According to aThinkProgress analysis, Akin is one of the seven leading sponsors of anti-gay legislation in Congress, which perhaps follows from his belief that “anybody who knows something about the history of the human race knows that there is no civilization which has condoned homosexual marriage widely and openly that has long survived.” Akin has focused on gay members of the military, pushing legislation that would protect soldiers who chose to harass and bullytheir LGBT colleagues. He also attempted to block funding for the military unless the Defense of Marriage Act was used to block marriage equality on military bases.
4. Akin called recent legislation streamlining the student loan process a “state three cancer of socialism.” During the debt ceiling negotiations in 2010, Akin referred to President Obama as “a flaming socialist,” presumably because his massive concessions to GOP priorities weren’t quite massive enough for Akin’s tastes. He has also suggested that recent legislation streamlining the student loan process has contributed to America’s “stage three cancer of socialism.”
5. Akin wants the United States to withdraw from the UN. He advocated for full withdrawal from the international organization during a recent bus tour, according to a report by Chesterfield Patch.
Akin also thinks the Department of Education, EPA and the Department of Energyshould be eliminated .


He is an excellent example of the 'dumbing down' of America.

And, yet, aotherr example as well!

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday insisted that he had paid more than 13 percent of his income in taxes — or more if donations to the Mormon church are included — over the last 10 years, and accused the people who want to see his returns of being “small minded.”


13 percent of what? If he has nothing to hide, show and tell.

What kills me most is how many people are duped into believing that its okay they pay a larger percent of their earned income to the government, because the Mitt's have more money, they should have special treatment. AND then he goes and picks a bald faced liar as VP and much like they ate up McCain's idiot, they are eating this pick up as well.


As pertaining to this letter, the refusal of a televised debate says ALOT. Why is everyone with an R beside their name trying to hide this election? 20 years in failing government should be a big reason to get rid of someone. (Term limits!!) Inability to put the country before party is the cake topper and exactly why we are struggling so hard.

Diana, Let me get the right. Republicans bad, Democrats good. Now, if I keep saying this I should believe it. Is that the way these posts are suppose to work? Oh....and by the way, money isn't evil. The love of it is.

Jane, thanks for the information about Akin. Sounds like a solid American citizen to me. Please send more ASAP. Good stuff.

TeaTime give us some facts. You only react, why don't you share your insight?

Lee Jette, THANK YOU! You really said it well. Just reading through the above comments shows how far into the **it the political parties have gone. As long as the Parties are fighting, politicians get to continue to only do what is best for their parties and their pocketbook. Since it will be a long time before the political party system is torn down, we have to look at the canidates carefully from our local town and county elections on up the ladder to Congressional canidates. I've always been an indepedant voter, but for the first time in my life, I voted in the primary election to cast my vote to get rid of politicians sitting in office for many years that do nothing but what their parties strings pull for. I'm voting Goodlatte OUT-time for change.

Really??? The beginning would be scary and the ending sad.

Diane, May I share this with you as you seem to be hitting a brick wall in challenging an individual to commit to something/anything.

"He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”
― Alexander Hamilton

“There's a gullible side to the American people. They can be easily misled. Religion is the best device used to mislead them.”

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