A week before the election, our democracy was tested by a very democratic storm named, “Sandy.” Sandy roared onto the East Coast like an angry bear. She didn’t care if her victims were rich or poor, white or black, gay or straight, Republican or Democrat. Sandy’s attack wasn’t political and neither should the response have been.
For two leaders, the response wasn’t political. President Obama and New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie worked together to help assess the damage and to help allocate resources. The sight of these two men, both from very different sides of the political fence, working together and each heaping praise upon the other, should be a common occurance. In years not too far gone, it was common, even expected, for governors and presidents to work together regardless of party. However, since Rush Limbaugh, the Koch Brothers and Fox News gave birth to the Tea Party, it’s been all party all the time. While that might sound like fun, the rules are strict — you must not be seen with or agree with any member of the Democratic party or you will be called a RINO (Republican in Name Only) or worse. It doesn’t matter if people’s lives and livelihoods are at stake because the party is more important than the people, it’s more important then country, it’s more important than anything
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