Not for themselves, but for their country 

10/2/2013 12:00 AM 

In my office, I have a bronze statue of an American Soldier.  This statue is a replica of one that stands at Antietam National Battlefield. 

In that bucolic, evocative place, high above Antietam Creek, this granite monument stands guard over the graves of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, most of who gave their lives in service to this great country.

At the base of the statue is the inscription, “Not for themselves, but for their country”.

It seems to me, at some point, partisanship rings hollow.  It’s about time our elected officials, in both the legislative and executive branches, reflect on the meaning of that statement and put this country first. 

It is time to stop the destructive partisan politics.  Congress and the President need to work together to end this government shutdown and get back to regular business.  We have the greatest, most dynamic democracy on earth.  Let's stop bashing each other and start working together for the country.