In her letter to the editor published July 27, “Senators are not Republican enough,” Lois Jones excoriates Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for their failure to vote for a repeal of the ACA.
She criticizes the senators for disloyalty to both the Republican Party and President Trump.
Her criticism shows a lack of understanding of the principles of governance.
To begin with, a senator’s primary obligation is to represent the interests of his or her constituency.
This supersedes the interests of a senator’s party or president.
In circumstances such as those in play in the first two years of President Obama’s presidency and today — where a single party controls both the executive and legislative branches — it prevents the presidency from becoming a dictatorship.
It also requires that legislation be drafted openly and that compromises be sought to create a bill that a majority in Congress can sell to their respective constituencies.
The letter also fails to take into account the fact that both major political parties are split between hardliners and moderates.
A bill that wins the support of the hardliners will lose too many moderates in the same party to secure passage.
This means that a bipartisan bill drafted by moderates on both sides is the only legislation likely to pass.
We all like to believe that our positions, whatever they may be, are right.
But we are a nation of people who, individually, may have very different needs and perspectives.
Keep in mind that the cat’s notion of heaven is nothing short of hell for the mouse.
David A. Silk,