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A country should respect its leaders regardless of political affiliation

Facebook and other social medial website can be a terrific venue to keep up with family members and friends.  However, it seems it has become an outlet for derogatory comments about President Obama.  Frankly, I am tired of people, both online and in face-to-face conversations, dissing the president of the United States.

What happened to respect for the office of the president, the leader of our country?  Even if you don’t happen to like the current occupant of the White House or agree with what he does or doesn’t do, you need to show some respect.  There seems to be very little of that lately.  While every president seems to get too much credit and blame for situations out of his control, Barack Obama seems to have more than his share of criticism.  For the last four years, it seems as if many elected officials have gone out of their way to make sure our president gets very little accomplished

This op-ed piece is not about my political beliefs.  It’s about our country.  We have elected United States senators and congressmen and women to do what is best for all Americans.  It’s not about who is a Republican, Democrat or Independent.  For many years, what is best for America seems to be overshadowed by those in elected office who are controlled by what entity or people contributed the most to their campaigns, including lobby groups who promote their own special interests.

It wasn’t that long ago that we watched in horror as a gunman in Newtown, Connecticut took the lives of 26 people, most of them children.  He took away their hopes and dreams. He took them away from their parents, grandparents, siblings and friends.  Who can forget the senseless murders at Virginia Tech in 2007 and the shootings in Colorado?  Gabbie Giffords won’t ever forget.  A horrified country realized something needed to be done to keep our children and loved ones safe.

A recent vote in the Senate failed to pass a proposal that would expand background checks for guns to include those purchased at gun shows and online.  With 60 votes needed to send the bill out of the Senate and into the House of Representatives, it failed 54 to 46.  They also failed to pass the ban on assault weapons by 40 to 60.

A Gallup Poll showed 91 percent of all Americans would be in favor of background checks for the purchase of all guns.  So why didn’t this pass?  If the nation believes in protecting the safety of all people, what happened?  Why didn’t it make it off the Senate floor?  Why aren’t the people we voted in listening to us?  Kind of makes you wonder to whom the lawmakers are answering to, doesn’t it?
We, as a nation, need to hold our elected officials accountable.  If you aren’t happy with how your local, state or federal representatives are doing their job, vote them out.  If you believe they are not standing up for an issue they ran on and is important to you, don’t push that ballot button for them at their next election.  If you are a dyed in the wool Democrat and can’t make yourself jump party lines and click that button for a Republican that will do a better job representing us, don’t go into the voting booth.

The people we elect to represent us should be doing exactly that, and unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like many that are.  If they were looking out for their constituents, maybe there would be more cooperation in local and state governing bodies, as well as the halls of Capitol Hill and the White House.