Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 | 2:02 a.m.
Regarding Carmine A. DiFazio’s Monday letter to the editor, headlined “Republicans acted the way Founding Fathers designed”:
I think that if the Founding Fathers came back today, they would never stop gagging. Congress was designed to pass legislation after negotiation between opposing points of view. A framework for negotiation is the basis of the Constitution.
One political party bullying the other with a “not-negotiable” stance is the furthest thing from what the Founding Fathers wanted. The debt-ceiling debacle and its resulting negative international reaction is a clear example of the disdain with which the “not-negotiable” stance is viewed by the rest of the world’s functioning democracies.
The Constitution, upon which so many others are based, is being held hostage by a minority of extremists and their gutless legislative representatives trolling for votes rather than doing what is best for the country. Eighty-two percent of the people in America are dissatisfied with Congress.
One should take a hard look at where this country stands economically six months from now. If the not-negotiable crowd is still calling the shots, the Founding Fathers will still be gagging.