- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 15, 2008


A heartfelt welcome to The Washington Times’ new column, Purple Nation (Nation, Monday). I couldn’t agree more with writer Lanny Davis that our political scene is in great need of an honest sharing of ideas from both sides of the aisle, to produce the right answers for the time. We truly need a vigorous debate on the issues of the day, and we need to get away from the politics of personal attack.

Most of us are tired of the “purist and sanctimonious ideologues on the left and the right” who “will concede nothing to the other side, assume bad faith and bad motives, demonize rather than disagree, and insist on their way or the highway.”

What Mr. Davis does not address is how to cut the apron strings of the special interests that stimulate, finance and encourage the “my way or the highway” thinking. I hope he will honestly discuss the impact special interests have, good and bad, on our political process.

I confess I didn’t notice who the author was until I finished reading his excellent column. Mr. Davis has been a robust advocate for the Democratic side. If what he wrote for Monday is truly going to be the focus of his columns, he may be the perfect person to begin getting rid of what is so ugly in our political process and to help both sides focus more on the actual issues. I look forward to his future columns with great interest and hope.



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