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What I found most interesting about Senator Richard Lugar's defeat in Tuesday's Indiana Republican primary were some of the comments he made following the election.
"Legislators should have an ideological grounding…But ideology cannot be a substitute for a determination to think for yourself, for a willingness to study an issue objectively, and for the fortitude to sometimes disagree with your party or even your constituents…
"One can be very conservative or very liberal and still have a bipartisan mindset (that) acknowledges that the other party is also patriotic and may have some good ideas. It acknowledges that national unity is important, and that aggressive partisanship deepens cynicism, sharpens political vendettas, and depletes the national reserve of good will that is critical to our survival in hard times…
"Our political system is losing its ability to even explore alternatives. If fealty to (partisan) pledges (in either party) continues to expand, legislators may pledge their way into irrelevance. Voters will be electing a slate of inflexible positions rather than a leader.
"I hope that as a nation we aspire to more than that."
I think those are wise words from a wise man. And they deserve to be repeated as often as possible.