Uncut: With election over and fiscal cliff ahead, work should begin now



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Posted on November 9, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I'm so happy to see the election over.

Just like you, I was getting tired of all those campaign ads calling opponents everything but a child of God.

It's this week's Uncut commentary.

We shouldn't be surprised our children have no respect for authority and little understanding of decorum -- they're just following their elders.

If kids took their lessons on civility from political ads, they learned it was okay to tell lies and call others liars, just so long as you're advancing a political agenda or candidate.

They'd learn that party should always come before country, even if you do disagree with your candidate's policy or believe the party's candidate is not a person of character... and that's both parties.

There is nothing in the Constitution guaranteeing a place on the ballot for Republicans or Democrats, or even a two-party system. That's all been left to us to determine.

As we move closer to the fiscal cliff due to inaction by both political parties, it might be good for us to take at least a short break from the national pastime of putting party first.

The far right and the far left are already demanding their respective champions dig in their heels, refuse any compromise.

I am reminded of an old family saying that's good advice for both parties: if you want to lead the orchestra, you have to turn your back on the crowd.

It won't be easy, but it sure can't hurt.

Those are my thoughts, tell me yours at jmccaa@wfaa.com.