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POSTED: August 13, 2014 5:00 p.m.

This past week, The (Brunswick) News featured an online poll on the U.S. Senate race pitting Democrat Michelle Nunn against Republican David Perdue. Neither is experienced in politics but both hail from families that are. Michelle Nunn’s father is former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, a conservative Democrat, and David Perdue is the first cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue, a conservative Democrat turned Republican.
In our poll, we asked respondents to select from five choices on what they thought the Senate race was about. Most indicated they think it is about control of the Senate, something the Democrats currently have and Republicans so desperately want, while others feel like it should be about government policies that are favorable to job growth. Other choices included maintaining a strong military, lowering the national debt and ridding the nation of what is commonly referred to as Obamacare.
There is another choice, however, one that was not offered in the poll, and that’s unity. Which candidate would be more likely to unite with others in the Senate and get behind legislation that would benefit the nation as a whole?
Because the two are inexperienced, we have only their word on what they would do if elected to office. But words are cheap. We’ve heard promises before that were never kept. What you, the voter, must decide is which is more likely to play well with others for the sake of the nation. If we can get that out of either one, then we can elect a candidate who will represent us all and not just some narrow or loosely defined philosophy.
The founding fathers were wise enough to put aside their differences for the benefit of the whole. Why can’t the men and women who are following in their footsteps do the same? Which would be better to be known for: being a great Democrat or a great Republican or being a great American?
In case Washington hasn’t noticed, there are many problems afoot, and nothing ­ — nothing at all — is getting any better. It’s not that the people of the United States need Congress to succeed to get along in life.
There are people and business people who do it every day without the help of government.
It’s just that the people of this country do not need politicians who pass poorly structured laws and bad legislation, both of which we are getting. We do not need for our elected officials to let bureaucrats run amok while those who call themselves Democrats and those who call themselves Republicans beat each other up. We do not need immigration policies that are ineffective.
This is happening, and the nation is worse off for it.

— Brunswick News

 

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