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Rampant partisanship = Folly

As I consider all the local, state and national topics which I, like many of my fellow Americans, deliberate every day, (and every day, more intensely, it seems, that the last), I realize one thing matters most as op-ed fodder.

Put down your partisan swords and realize you are an American, in America, surrounded by Americans.

Within a few weeks, much will be decided. Half of us will feel like losers, oddly and wrongly. Half will feel like victors, oddly and wrongly. Don’t. We must work together to maintain the wonderful reality that the Founding Fathers created for us. We also must remember just how good non-partisanship felt after 9/11; how partisanship reveals itself as trivial juvenility in the face of violence and threat.

He’s not MY president.

That’s not MY flag.

I ignore THAT Proposal.

This is not MY war.

She’s not MY Supervisor.

Such statements destroy our common bond. You can’t opt out, selectively, of any society, issue by issue, official by official. Whomever is elected IS your President; it IS your flag, and yes, however you twist, it IS your war.

Again I say, partisanship is a sword. Don’t cut your nose off to spite your face.

Brad Wilcox

Grass Valley

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