Thomas R. Weller: Tea party threatens to bring country down


Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 10:56 p.m.

Tea partyers are destroying the Republican Party and our republic form of government. Can America continue to exist if their “my-way-or-the-highway” form of “governance” doesn't change?

The Republican Party is fighting amongst itself. As a Democrat I am happy that such in-fighting basically assured a Democratic win in 2012. But I am afraid that, unless the attitude of the tea partyers changes, the form of government that has served us well for well over 200 years will be brought down.

In a republic form of government, the population elects representatives to run the government for them. Bills must pass both houses of Congress in order to become law. Differences between the passed legislation of each house are sent to committee where the differences are worked out.

Compromises are made, and laws are passed. Each side listens to the voice of the other, and the two sides meet somewhere near the middle. America goes on.

This is not the way that tea partyers view their position in our government. If a law isn't exactly what they want, they will do everything to disrupt not only the passage of the law, but the government itself.

We came close to that before the last presidential election as America approached the point of running out of money to run the government. The Republican Party was finally able to convince the tea partyers to compromise, and an agreement to fund the government was reached.

Their reasoning for such compromise was to (hopefully) convince a sufficient number of voters to vote for Romney and take over the White House. It was too late and the American public saw through the sheep's clothing worn by the wolf.

Since then the tea partyers have become bolder. Little passes the House other than resolutions to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

We may not like it, but our government (all governments) works because of compromise. By electing those who refuse to compromise, we are responsible for what transpires (or what does not). Without compromise, the America we love, the America we pledge our loyalty and life to, is doomed.

Thomas R. Weller lives in High Springs.

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