Are you an optimist or pessimist? Would you describe yourself as conservative, moderate, or liberal? How would others describe you – friends and enemies? Does it matter?
As the stakes get higher and the rhetoric more critical, I suggest we shed those descriptors and focus on what the people want: public servants who act in the best interest of their constituents.
The recent release of the “full” birth certificate of President Obama can serve as an example of months of focusing on the smaller items while the really difficult matters remain log jammed.
Titles like senator, mayor, councilmember, and the like should be enough to let the voters know where to go when they have a concern or problem.
Furthering a divide among elected officials by demonizing or characterizing them on any other basis seems counterproductive.