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Opinion

May 5, 2013

U.S. leaders need to meet in the middle

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Congressmen: Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn:

There is no greater danger to our republic and to the survival of democracy around the world than political extremism, the vulgar disproportionate distribution of wealth and the rigid refusal of opponents to negotiate in civil discourse and to compromise when the outcome is for the greater good.

During the 20th century, we were fortunate in that, when we were faced with dire crisis, somehow great men stepped forward. Among those men were presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman and in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate were Carl Albert, Sam Rayburn and Robert S. Kerr.

During these men’s terms, the country rose in unison with their confederates when this nation was threatened. When the country was faced with economic ruin during the 1920s and following World War II, social policies not only met the economic challenges, the nation experienced unprecedented growth and prosperity.

I was but a child during WW II, but I remember Franklin Roosevelt’s eloquent radio addresses. Even a six-year-old boy on the plains of west Texas could recognize that the man was someone special. Sadly, following the assassination of John Kennedy, we seem to have lost our moral compass and our ship of state began the aimless drift that has led us to where we are today.

In the past several weeks, all of you to whom this letter is directed has appeared on CNN expressing views on gun control, sequester, civil rights, Syria and the performances of the FBI and the CIA.

What bothers me is not a one of you can claim to be an authority on any of the subjects on which you have spoken. What I see on television simply comes off as “self-aggrandized grandstanding” and offers no suggestions as to how the issues should be addressed.

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