Dear Editor:

Four blind men discover an elephant. The first grasps the trunk and describes a snake, the second feels a leg and describes a tree, the third holds the tail and describes a rope, and the fourth explores the side and describes a wall.

Which is right? Each in his blindness described the same thing: an elephant. Thus, all are right, but none wholly so.

Republicans are right. A culture of entitlement and government dependence is unsustainable. The debt scourge resultant from reflexive stewardship will prove fatal.

Democrats are right. Humanity’s most affluent, educated and powerful nation must provide an environment of human thriving including the most vulnerable. Failing to do so defies our greatness.

Demonizing each other overstates the case and marginalizes the issues. Both antagonists and protagonists claim to be people of faith, yet the issue to be mediated is not xenophobic eschatology, or mindless largesse, but the divine imperative. What does the Lord require? The prophet Micah answered, “…to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

How can our Congress espouse with redolent fidelity the ethics of justice for all, kindness and humility while holding the nations’ employees and the world’s economy hostage?

Has the decision not to fund continuity of government amount to a bloodless coup? Joining the list of failed states like Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan and Pakistan is a horrible place for America to have arrived, even if only for a week or two.

David A. Anderson, DDS, MDS, MA

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