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The partisan food fights during the Nixon, Clinton, and Bush era, cannot compete with today’s partisan divide. In some cases the liberals and conservatives has switched ideological positions. The blogs, cable news, and talk radio serve as a catalyst to keep up this constant drip, drip, drip.

The right wing responded with outrage just because President Obama shook hands with Hugo Chavez and sat still while Daniel Ortega blasted the United States in a 50 minute speech. They’re taking symbolism to new heights. I saw several clips of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan shaking hands with our adversaries during the Cold War. Venezuela and Nicaragua do not; nor will they ever have the kind of stature the old Soviet Union had. I understand dissent but this is just political posturing.

We are still in a financial crisis with only one party working to come up with new ideas for recovery. Today’s republican party does not have a viable plan for education or Health Care reform but the house republicans are reading Amity Shale’s “The forgotten man” ,a book that takes a negative look at FDR’s New Deal; just so they can have some new talking points. So far, labeling President Obama a socialist has not worked. Glen Beck compared Obama to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Which is it, socialist or fascist? You cannot be both.

It’s hard to believe politics can trump rule of law. It’s pretty obvious that the past administration violated the constitution by torturing some detainees, but the republicans have refused to sign on Senator Leahy’s fact planning commission. President Obama said the violators would not be prosecuted, but we have a separation of powers. The legislative branch does not need the president’s permission to conduct hearings and the Atty. General can appoint a special prosecutor to look into the matter. The fact that the president will need GOP support to pass education and Health Care Reform should not matter. While we are at it, Democrat Jane Harman should be investigated for agreeing to seek lenient treatment from the Bush administration for two pro-Israel lobbyists who were under investigation for espionage.

I still do not know what the tea parties were about…I understand frustration and sending a message, but the ones I saw on Fox were just campaign rallies; without solutions.