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As hurricane Gustav barrels down and is fixin' to release all sorts of havoc on the city of New Orleans, why is it that the political parties in this country can't come together as Americans and help our fellow Americans? Are we as a Nation so politically divided that we cannot work together for the good of all? Is one side of the aisle so afraid that the other side might get a "leg up" or get credit for doing something that the other side ain't? 

Now I know that these are rhetorical questions an' all, but just stop and think about it... Both sides are touting "It's time for a change." I feel that it is time to have a change of heart and attitude towards one another politically and stop all this namsy-pamsy tit-for-tat crap! OUR fellow Americans are in need of help. It's time to roll up our sleeves and pitch in. How much more can WE as a NATION accomplish, if we just work together and forget our differences. After all, the last time I looked this country was still called the UNITED States...

Just my 2 cents worth...


Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

My answers to your questions:

  1. Because religion, and the "religious right" (which isn't so right) has continued to polarize our political parties into abortion/no abortion, gays/straights, blacks/whites, etc. Back when I was growing up, people of all persuasions and religions helped their neighbors. I don't see that anymore.
  2. Yes
  3. Yes

There's my 2¢ worth. You and I now have 4¢. We've doubled our net worth in just a few minutes! LOL

Aug 31, 2008 10:18 PM
Bubba Fife
Complete Property Maintenance - Nashville, TN

Russel, You are so right, I remember that when I was growing up too. Things have really changed haven't they...

Aug 31, 2008 10:23 PM
Mike Saunders
Retired - Athens, GA

Bubba - I agree with you sentiment exactly. It is a time to get together, not to use events as a political wedge.

As for the religious right, when Katrina happenned they were some of the first responders, I know many churches from KY and here that still have teams going to New Orleans, Mississippi, etc and helping in the rebuilding. Yes, they may be anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage but they certainly didn't ask questions when handing out food, water, offerring shelter, etc.

Did I just take that 2cents back?

Sep 01, 2008 01:07 AM
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

You go Bubba.  I absolutly think that we need to start thinking about what is best for the people of the country rather than special interests groups.  We also need to help people to help themselves.  We give away too much without empowering people.  Good post from a good ole boy!

Sep 01, 2008 01:07 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I think Americans are always ready to help each other. It's only the politicians that seek leverage.

Sep 01, 2008 01:09 AM
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

It's certainly time for all Americans to give a huge group hug.


Sep 01, 2008 03:09 AM
Jesse Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates - Fairbanks, AK

Bubba... son, what the devil have you been up to? 

I gotta tell you... we could get a lot done if we could send a good many of them blasted politicians back home and put some good folks in charge.  You ready to give ol Lamar a run for his money?

Sep 04, 2008 04:55 AM
Rob Robinson

What happened to the foundation of 'My Group'?


Miss you guys.

Dec 04, 2009 02:49 AM