Dear Editor: Last week was costly for our country. The Republican House again took the nation to the brink of default. Even though they pulled back from the cliff at the very last minute, their antics came at a great cost.

Party politics again trumped governance. The United States was held hostage to ideology with a minority demanding ransom from the majority. The country's credit rating was threatened and faith in our government was shaken at home and abroad. Many Americans' lives were put on hold, services to the needy were curtailed, and the nation's readiness for disaster was compromised. AND FOR WHAT?

This most recent farce happened because the tea party critters in Congress were purchased by billionaires in bought elections. Their seats were secured by ultrapartisan redistricting. Their base has been mesmerized by shiny half-truths and outright lies.

What can we do to stop the next theater production by the tea party hucksters? We must continue to work to remove the taint of big money in politics. We must have a constitutional amendment to apply rights to people, not corporations. We must enact laws under which redistricting is done rationally. In addition, we must awake to the notion that we are ALL in this together. We all do better when we all do better. If we vote our best interests and refuse to be influenced by the self-serving voices of billionaires and corporate boards, we may just restore the American dream of governance "of the people, by the people, for the peopleā€ before it disappears forever.

Tim White

Springdale

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