If former Rep. Gary Ackerman's diatribe against the GOP indicates the attitude of most Democrats, it's no wonder nothing gets done in Congress ["Public enemy No. 1 from Day 1," Opinion, March 18].

Politics involves compromise and "horse-trading." When both sides feel they are on the moral high ground, nothing can get done.

Ackerman deplores the undercutting of the president's authority in foreign affairs as destructive of the presidency, but Ackerman says nothing about the undercutting of congressional authority when the president legislates through executive orders. Even "Saturday Night Live" had a satirical skit on his bypassing Congress.

The passage of Obamacare showed the hubris of the Democrats. They've been just as unwilling to compromise as the Republicans.

The editorial cartoon paints Republicans as obstructing a vote on attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch [March 18], but Republicans are more than willing to "trade" on the appointment proceeding in return for a vote on a measure that would curb certain funds for abortions.

The Democrats as much as the Republicans are the ones who are obstructing.

David Pedersen IV, Nesconset
 

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Thank you, Gary Ackerman. Your assessment of our political landscape is totally on the mark, both in what you said and what you left unsaid.

For six years, it's been frustrating to watch the obstructionists at work in the House and Senate. Now they have become an embarrassment to all of us as the world watches their petty attempts to undermine President Barack Obama, with little regard for the office.

This is certainly a sad time in American politics.

Phil Cicciari, Westbury