My Turn: Name-calling from Jennifer Horn, Andy Sanborn, Bill O’Brien
Is it any wonder that gridlock and do-nothing government exists today in American politics?
Take, for example, the recent election of Jennifer Horn as the leader of the New Hampshire Republican Party. Calling Democrats “harebrained” and “big spending, tax it if you see it,” Horn vowed to take the fight to recently elected Gov. Maggie Hassan, House Speaker Terie Norelli and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster. She went on to tell to the Democratic Party chairman to “bring it on.” State Sen. Andy Sanborn went so far as to call Hassan an enemy of the people of New Hampshire.
Wow. The newly elected governor, by an overwhelming majority of New Hampshire voters by the way, is now an enemy of the people? Apparently Sanborn has come to the conclusion that the governor is the enemy of “people who believe in family values, personal freedom, and personal responsibility.”
Senate President Peter Bragdon stated that the GOP-held Senate will be “the firewall for the next two years” against the Democrats, a promise of gridlock. And former House speaker Bill O’Brien calls Hassan “Taxing Maggie,” disrespecting her office in public much the way he did with former governor John Lynch.
The Democrats have their issues too, no doubt. Hassan could have reached across the aisle to add a conservative voice to the recently appointed Consensus Revenue Panel and failed to do so.
But then again, when the GOP publicly insults and disrespects her and the previous governor, what is her motivation to do so?
American politics is no longer about making reasonable compromises to come up with the best solutions for the American people. Its about protecting your party’s position and getting re-elected. God forbid anyone show real leadership and compromise on a position to create the best solution for the majority of citizens. New Hampshire has real problems that need real solutions. We are not small-business friendly. We have revenue problems. We have spending problems. We have the most expensive public college in the nation. The state’s school funding issues are unresolved. There is no longer a “New Hampshire advantage.” Property owners are overburdened.
We need leaders who can rise above calling each other names and publicly insulting the other side, whichever side it is. Who really is the enemy of the people?
(Scott Slogic lives in New London.)