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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 19, 2013 at 8:06 AM

A note to career politicians

Situation seems like a fox guarding a henhouse

Kathleen Parker’s column “The middle is most of America,” [Opinion, Oct. 17] really just acknowledges facts that have been known for at least all of my adult life.

I am 71. Nixon coined the term “silent majority” back in the late ‘60s to describe the middle. That middle has been consistently the majority in our country ever since.

Unfortunately, the far right and the far left have Gerrymandered their districts in such a way that all they hear from their constituents is exactly what got them elected, so they keep thinking they are representing their districts appropriately.

In my opinion, what needs to be made clear to our elected officials is that they are sent to Washington to represent all of the people and to do what is in the best interests of all Americans, not just their tiny sliver of America that got them elected.

Until we can figure out a way to eliminate all career politicians, by establishing term limits for our representatives who serve nationally, this problem will continue. I, for one, have never talked to anyone, Republican, Democrat or independent, who didn’t want to put a stop to career politicians. But since we have no national referendum format to put laws in place, I guess the only solution is to vote the incumbent out in every election, no matter how good a job you think they’re doing, until they get the message that this is not a career.

They need it made clear that after they serve a couple of terms they need to go home and get a real job.

Larry Benson, Enumclaw

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