While there is strong argument on both sides, depending on one’s governmental priorities, for who is most at fault in these debates, the fact is, that over the last three decades, both parties have worked hard to create the atmosphere of gridlock, distrust, disrespect, and pure self destructive stubbornness with which we now cope.Many of the tools the Republicans use, like the filibuster rule that makes it so a bill has to have 60 supporters to avoid a filibuster, were introduced initially by Dems, but used most efficiently by Repubs. The one thing the parties have done best is to divide the American people to a degree not seen since the Civil War. Regular readers of the comments have seen the most partisan of our commentators proclaim the need for radical action, even revolution, if “their side” doesn’t get their way.George Washington said political parties would divide and weaken our nation, and we see that happening daily. As the New Year begins, resolve to not let the self interested power brokers in government to divide our nation. Resolve to stand beside those with whom you disagree and demand legislators find common ground to move us ahead over the long term. Resolve to find people of many view points and respectfully look for ways to put open minds and open hearts into positions of leadership.With hope for the New Year,& Wishes that each of you have the best year ever,C.