Looking for a Leader
The election is over; the new Congress began the duties of leading the country last week. The partisan gridlock of the 112th Congress is history (there is little doubt history will not be kind to the 112th Congress).
Speaker Boehner was reaffirmed and the Senate Majority Leader remains Harry Reid. Finger pointing and political posturing may yield, for a while to allow something to actually get done! Is there a significant change in Congress where progress will prevail?
Did Jack and Jill go up the hill to practice partisan politics or to actually lead the country?
Looking for congressional leaders
They found Boehner and Reid
Gave a Tug on the Sleeve
And The Action They Just Couldn’t Believe
There is a need for open and honest dialogue for the nation to move forward. The complexity of social, economic, and political issues cannot be resolved with gridlock and political ideology. There is no single political ideology fitting every situation, thus, a need to cooperate and compromise is essential to a country for progress. There are severe economic concerns for the United States, concerns tied to various facets of the government’s powers and global impact.
The tragedy in Newtown, CT renewed the opportunity for dialogue to find a balance of protection of rights for all. Job creation and
health care are concerns of many in the United States. These and many other important issues require involvement of the people, not just the politicians and political action committees. One look at the We The People link on the White House Website (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/how-why/introduction) reaffirms the concerns of Americans. The website provides an opportunity to exercise your rights to petition the government and a response is provided for petitions with over 25,000 signatures.
Of course any website attempting to provide transparency is subject to misuse; for example, a petition for state secession from the union. People from each state have submitted a petition to secede from the Union with Texas having the most signatures collected at 125,000 (nextgov.com). In perspective, there are 25.6 million residents in Texas (quickfacts.census.gov) and thus, an attempt to misuse a privilege—the privilege to vote.
Another apparent misuse is the call to deport Piers Morgan of CNN for his view on gun control. Think about this: if someone does not have the same viewpoint as others, there is no free speech, no rights to one’s view, the response is to deport? There is a need to actually listen to dialogue, yet it appears listening is not practiced (nor patience or tolerance). The petitions may provide a view into congressional thinking – the 112th Congress could not get anything done because of a lack of respect for others rights and views. The need to have open debates and establish a national priority for progress of the country cannot be accomplished if the view of others is not met with openness. If the people are acting with disregard and responding to opposing views with talk of secession, deportation, recall of elected officials without cause, then how can we expect anything from the officials elected to congress?
Speaker Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Reid and members of congress: are we in for more of the same partisan gridlock and political posturing? Remember, Jack and Jill went up the Hill with aspirations of finding and learning from leaders. Of course, Jack and Jill may tumble, but at least there is action. It is time to be accountable to the people – dialogue, discourse, decision, compromise, and compassion are needed for a progressive nation.