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Time to oust extremists and find middle ground

How sad. How very sad. The Grand Old Party is on life support. In my mind’s eye, I can see the icons of past glories of the Republican Party. If one looks closely, you can see tears in their eyes. While not a fan of the conservative view, I can and do respect the great contributions these legislators have made for the betterment of our country. Some of their deeds are legendary.

We need two political parties in this country. The two faces of the coin of the realm are fiscal responsibility on the one hand and social responsibility on the other hand.

But what has happened? The backbones of moderate politicians have turned to jelly. The rank-and-file Republican legislators, afraid for their own livelihood, have abandoned all of us. They have been frightened by embittered, bigoted, angry and selfish colleagues who have only one goal: to destroy the presidency of our first African-American. They are blind to all else. In the process, many of our unfortunate brethren are made to suffer.

Shakespeare said it so well: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves …” These wrong-thinking people did not just appear in the Congress. Embittered fellow citizens put them there. Are they happy with what they have wrought? You betcha! They have been very successful in creating havoc. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Not much, I’m afraid. We are going to have to pray for a miracle or hope that enough moderates stiffen their backbones.

But there is something we can do in our own back yard. Western New York boasts two tea party look-alikes. Let’s not send Rep. Chris Collins and Rep. Tom Reed back to Congress. It’s the right thing to do.

Joseph Spina

Amherst