Why can't the people of our country get it through their collective heads that our political parties are allowing their egos to destroy our nation? Why do we tolerate partisan politics that put political wins ahead of what's best for our country? I consider myself a common sense Independent. I vote for the people who I believe offer the best ideas for the issues that impact me and our country. That means I vote Republican at times and Democrat other times. Right now, I can't relate to either party! We have a Republican government (where there is no longer and checks and balances) fighting a "war on terrorism." We were told that it was important to "fight terrorism before it hit our land." So far, so good. BUT, how can we take this war on terror seriously when our borders have no protection? Does it not make sense that THIS should be our FIRST priority? I'm still trying to understand the justification for not cracking down on illegals. I have no problem with people who want to come to our country. Why can't they do so legally? Further, all immigrants should be required to gain an elementary education...at the very least, learn english. Finally, how about a 10 year residency requirement before they are allowed to collect any benefits? In essence, they'd have to actually contribute to the funds they are benefitting from. But its not just Republicans to blame. Where have the Democrats been? AND, what new IDEAS are you bringing to the table? To date, I've heard none. The Republican party has dropped the ball. They control both houses and have no excuse for the current string of failures. Yet where are the Democrats? I don't need to be told how messed up things are today. Is it asking too much for someone to offer ideas for fixing this mess? Hillary is NOT the answer and will cost the Dems any shot at the presidency. Mark Warner would be an interesting candidate that would have some appeal to both parties, but look for the Dems to blow this. Finally, I need someone to clarify something for me. We are losing lives and spending huge amounts of money to "free" the Iraqi people. We want them to experience the freedoms we, as Americans enjoy every day. Why is it then, that people who disagree with the Republican viewpoint on the war, are labeled "unpatriotic," and "unamerican?" You certainly can support the troops without supporting the cause (again, I happen to believe we did the right thing by going to Iraq.) One of our most precious rights as Americans is our right to disagree with the government. I believe it was Ben Franklin who said, "The first amendment was created to respect speech that was unpopular, not popular."