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Reader's View: Party politics leaving we the people behind

Truly representative government, as the framers of our Constitution intended, was never going to be perfect. However, I doubt our founders, including Thomas Jefferson and company, would be able to conceive how far afield the concept has come toda...

Truly representative government, as the framers of our Constitution intended, was never going to be perfect.

However, I doubt our founders, including Thomas Jefferson and company, would be able to conceive how far afield the concept has come today.

Instead of government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" and instead of "we the people," our government has become one of partisanship - an often crippled state, with the parties at loggerheads and peoples' wants often not heard.

Citizens, as is their right, send Mr. Jones to Washington to hopefully act upon their wants and needs. However, it is a different Washington today. Now it's often the center of entrenched interests, influence, and power - with the parties and members often not serving the people. It has metastasized into a powerful engine unto itself, one that sees to it its members get re-elected and its power and influence increase.

Whether it be Republicans or Democrats, it's all about the party. The people too often are damned.

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An infrastructure bill, a necessary move to make roads, bridges, and other structures safer for the American people, will be introduced in the D.C. this year. It is a people's bill, and its passing should be a no-brainer (to the people). However, there are the parties and selfish interests at play, including which party gets the most credit. The people will be caught in the holdup.

People should be brought more quickly into the legislative process by shortening term limits (no more career politicians). Limit time with party cronies in Washington and have elected leaders spend more time with folks back home.

Let the people's wants and wishes be heard. That's what Jefferson and the farmers wanted in the first place.

Ron Trethewey

Duluth

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