I’ve always respected the push and pull of politics and how the different parties work and were established. Well, at least I did, until this Presidency…
I’m feeling like it’s well past time to stop spending Donald Trump’s entire term berating his very existence. Members of Congress against him are doing themselves and their people no favors. In my opinion, they’d do more for their cause to admit his accomplishments.
If I were one of the players in DC, despite which side, I’d have the integrity to reach across the aisle and shake the President’s hand when he did something effective. Bringing jobs back to the US, handling North Korea, uplifting our military and police to name a few. Of course I’d fight him politically when he went against the core of what my party stood for, but I wouldn’t push for his demise, downfall and removal from office. How can his failure uplift our Country? Not to mention the dangerous precedent we are setting. At some point I would have to understand that half of the voters will vehemently hold that push against me in the next election.
Admittedly, President Trump’s approach is at times extremely abrasive, but he is in fact getting some things done. At the very least I would applaud his recent historic move against the barbaric terrorist group’s leader – just as we all collectively applauded when the previous administration served justice to the leader who changed our landscape forever on 9/11.
If I were in Congress, I would focus more on battling conflicting issues in the political manner in which our country was founded; proving to my base that I did not waste his entire Presidency, and four years of their lives in the process. I would assure my base that I understand that President Obama had battles to overcome when it came to his rival party as well, but they weren’t all based in petty nit-picking word-wars and fabricated, overly exaggerated stories. Yes, we all remember the hunt for the birth certificate, but it was not a daily barrage which took to the airways and engulfed the entertainment industry, sporting events, school systems, and every single aspect of daily living for his people who were just looking for fairness, representation, solutions and the American dream.
I would recognize too, that there was a good chance Republicans were just as disappointed in losing the election twice to Obama, as the Democrats were in losing once to Trump. And I’d admit that yes, an olive branch was offered by the office of the President for bi-partisan efforts, but it was pushed away and discarded with no thought to the bottom line of the people. I completely agree that you do not have to like who is sitting in the chair, but despite that, you should respect the office. LOTS of us don’t like our bosses, but we don’t discuss it ad nauseam and attempt daily to have them fired.
This contentious political environment, and how things are portrayed, is being watched carefully by our youth. They are looking to the atmosphere as a gauge and basis for civility and tolerance in their daily lives. They are watching… Every. Single. Move. And Washington is letting them down. It’s past time to work with ALL the powers-that-be in DC to change the volatile atmosphere, step across the line and speak and debate in an intellectual and non-combative manner. Do it now, it’s crucial to our democracy.
Again, no one is saying to forgo your beliefs, but argue them fairly, articulately and with respect while listening in the same manner; not an easy task, but it is exactly what you were hired to do. A healthy dialogue instead of a constant quest for termination may actually bring about solutions that benefit all, or at least bring together sides for a meaningful and effective debate.
Kudos to Jeff Van Drew, from New Jersey, who is one of the Democrats who voted against the Impeachment Inquiry. He recognized that without bi-partisan support, the proceedings will only throw the country deeper into conflict, and issues that need attention will ultimately continue to be lost in the crossfire. He also looked to his constituents before casting his vote. What a novel idea, to consider their opinions, and to recognize that going against those opinions would not benefit him in the long run.
If I were in Congress, I’d take a few steps back, remove my label for a moment and take a look at the bigger picture and the company I keep. We’re all Americans, and we’re fractured. Isn’t it high time both sides work to piece us back together?