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11/13/2012 8:01:00 AM
Letter: We The People need to support, rather than condemn those we elect to office


The too-long campaign is over and President Obama has been re-elected. A record number of women will now hold U.S. Senate seats, transitions toward tolerance and a better understanding of the role minorities play in our Republic were all victorious on election day. Our world is changing for the better.

While many letters and comments on these opinion pages since Nov. 6 agonizingly illustrate the point that negative, uninformed and even hateful viewpoints will always persist, I say let us ignore them.

We all have the right to speak our minds ... absolutely... but we also have the right - and yes, maybe even the responsibility - to step away from those which aggravate rather than encourage the discourse.

To me it is clear, the sea-change in the country that sparked in 2008 is catching fire here in 2012. Dems, it is now time to lead. Here’s a good place to start:

Like many of you, I voted for Rich Carmona, but Senator-elect Flake seems like a reasonable man. Reach out to him.

I’m not kidding or trying to be sarcastic. I sent him a letter of congratulations, and encouraged him to work for all Arizonans.

This might be how it starts. We The People need to support, rather than condemn those we elect, even if we personally did not vote for them.

Let them know how you think and feel, and even if they don’t see your side or position, try to understand theirs.

If you still can’t see eye-to-eye, vote for someone else next time.

But please folks, let’s work together ... I mean REALLY TRY to work together. After all, it is our only possible path forward.

Ryan Jensen


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Great points

Excellent letter by Mr. Jensen.

We as a country desperately need a tuned-in GOP, the party of work and opportunity and financial success, just as much as we need a tuned-in Democratic party, the party of social justice.

Both viewpoints are needed, both contribute to the country's success, and we need political leaders who are moderate and can reach across the aisle and fashion compromises to move the country forward in a positive way.

The incessant negativity we hear from the brain-dead extremists on both sides do nothing but waste our time. They should be tuned out.

Great letter Ryan.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Unknown as well

@John A Bond....please get a job and give the community a break from your political opinions.
You are a die hard liberal, progressive Dem. and you Never have any fresh, uplifting opinions except your dogma. Please consider taking a vacation or finding something else to fill your time, as we all have something to say without you aways chimming in.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

Good letter, Ryan! And, good luck Jeff!

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Nux Man

If things were really that simple, we wouldn't even need elections.
I find local (State) politics an exercise in civility, for the most part, but "our" federal government has become an exercise in depravity - absolute, total, complete, perversity. One so-called scandal after another now, which eventually wind up in the dust bin of lack of media interest, or executive privilege secrecy.
I will not acquiesce to immorality to get along with it. I do not want it, and will not be quiet about it. I am not a hate monger as liberals would label me, because I am not a coward towards evil. You don't have to be religious to see the evil, just have some form of ethic.
Ryan, I certainly do not dislike you in anyway, I just think you are naive about alot of things that are, and fixing to be, going on in the good 'ol USA.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Ryan Jensen

And hey Dems...here is an excellent article supporting what I'm talking about.


Now let's be clear...the author fashions the piece in the link as a way for the Democratic Party to stay strong...I don't care about that so much as the points he makes toward compromise and common goals.

Both parties will benefit from such tactics..I say FINE.

If we start electing people who can work well with one another despite party affiliation, isn't that acceptable - even desirable - to you?

It certainly is to me.

After every election we hear about 10 minutes worth of "let's work together, let's tear down partisan walls," blah, blah, blah...but a week later it's business as usual.

Let's push toward REALLY making that happen this time. For the moment at least, Dems are in a strong position.

Drop the egos and let's no-foolin' reach out...we might be surprised by the hands that reach back.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

Well, I have to be the one to introduce a little reality into the discussion. I realize this will seem negatve to some but that is not my responsibility.

Frankly, there are 623,000+ uncounted votes in Arizona. Those votes represent early votes not yet tallied [if they are ever accurately tallied] and provisional ballots [mostly from minority people] who also would like to have their vote counted ,too.

Therefore, it is premature to congratulate anyone yet. When all of the votes are tallied and we know the final outcome of every race including the propositions, then it would be appropriate to congratulate the real winners here in Arizona.

That is all I have to say abou this issue for now but I look forward to seeing if all of the votes are counted and Arizona can be counted among those states that do not engage in election fraud that prevents every vote cast from being counted.

It may well be that President Obama wins Arizona's electoral votes, too. That would make this an historic election, indeed.

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