I've always said gerrymandering is nothing more than congressmen choosing their voters instead of the voters choosing their congressmen. There's no defending it.

Perhaps I had the misfortune of growing up in an era that included Eisenhower and JFK. Where basically there wasn't the partisan divide of today. Where both parties had their conservative and liberal wings. Remember the solid conservative democratic south and the old Rockefeller liberal Republican Northeast? Perhaps all are too young which I'm showing my age here. Or I continue to live in the past.

IKE would have LBJ, then the Democratic Senate Majority Leader over to the White House once a week to discuss how to get IKE's agenda through congress. Both JFK and LBJ worked closely with then Republican Senate minority leader Everett Dirksen. Times change, but maybe my politics haven't.

Maybe the 80-20 equation is correct and maybe it isn't. Perhaps today's political leaders could use a lesson from Reagan and Tip O'Neal.


I suppose things are what they are, today's political era is what it is. But I don't have to like it.

It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.