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Come together 

I am taking a crash course in politics 101. Now, how to act as fellow countrymen and see the good in each other: Is that possible while still being effective?

Where is that middle ground? So much of the material I read is filled with negativity and mudslinging. Is it not possible to present the facts, as well as one’s perspective, opinions, and views and then let the results happen? Isn’t that why we have elected officials? Can we express our views in a way that does not offend, in a way that would not put us in a position where we have contempt and hate (either perceived or real) for each other?

President-elect Obama, I think, is a very idealistic man. Now that he is beginning to live out the ideal of befriending the enemy, he is receiving a lot of grief. It seems the President-elect is willing to take risks and see what happens.

What if we were to just put a little faith in this man and his idealism. The same idealism that he has awakend in so many others who by their own admission had done nothing to actively participate in our democracy ever, myself included. We are in foreign territory here. This kind of “change” may be more than many feel they bargained for. We have already seen a coming together of sorts. Only time will tell if it is something that can be built upon and become lasting.

Matt Lombardini
Grover Beach

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