Our new normal endangers the republic

Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 4:09 PM

Regarding the “Public Comment” editorial in the Journal (12/22):

While I strongly agree with your view that brute-strength partisanship is no way to govern our nation, I can’t help but wonder where your collective editorial voice was when the previous administration shepherded the widely unpopular Affordable Care Act through Congress on a narrow party line vote, resulting in nationwide historic losses for the Democratic party.

Where was your principled stand back when extralegal executive actions and all-but-in-name treaties were implemented by the previous administration solely with the intent to bypass the legislative branch?

Sadly, I don’t see any changes occurring when the current Republican majorities are eventually swept from power. Hyper-partisan governance may be the new normal, and I fear that until our government returns to the spirit of compromise and bipartisanship as envisioned by the framers of the Constitution, we are in great peril of losing our republic.

John Mumaw


Editor’s note: This letter was printed in error on Dec. 19, before the editorial appeared in the Journal. It is reprinted here for clarity.