State of the Union: Now May Congressional Members Start Doing Their Jobs

January 26, 2011

"Amid all the noise and passions and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater -- something more consequential than party or political preference."

While it may have been a nice gesture for members of Congress to select "dates" from opposing parties to sit next to as a show of civility during the State of the Union Address, the American people want and deserve more.  These elected members are paid to serve us and they are failing miserably. They need to work together for the length of their terms.  For years they have argued constantly and publicly as they position themselves for re-election.

Whether or not the members of the U.S. Congress decided to play nice for an evening, there still would have been at least one grownup in the room  - President Obama.  While the U.S. lawmakers waste our tax dollars and allow problems to continue unresolved, the President has always carried out the job he was elected to do.

Maybe the bratty members of Congress could take a lesson from him, listen and learn something.  The American people are sick of hearing the elected officials' childish bickering instead of seeing them doing their jobs. The American people are tired of watching the elected leaders parade their partisan disagreements and stubborn ego-fed stances on TV news and Sunday talk shows.  It's time for elected leaders to stop arguing and start working together to advance the goals of our nation.

From President Obama's State of the Union Address:
It’s no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. And that’s a good thing. That’s what a robust democracy demands. That’s what helps set us apart as a nation.

But there’s a reason the tragedy in Tucson gave us pause. Amid all the noise and passion and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater -– something more consequential than party or political preference.

We are part of the American family. We believe that in a country where every race and faith and point of view can be found, we are still bound together as one people; that we share common hopes and a common creed; that the dreams of a little girl in Tucson are not so different than those of our own children, and that they all deserve the chance to be fulfilled.

That, too, is what sets us apart as a nation.

Now, by itself, this simple recognition won’t usher in a new era of cooperation. What comes of this moment is up to us. What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow.

I believe we can. And I believe we must. That’s what the people who sent us here expect of us. With their votes, they’ve determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all -– for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.

At stake right now is not who wins the next election -– after all, we just had an election. At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. It’s whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded. It’s whether we sustain the leadership that has made America not just a place on a map, but the light to the world.
President Obama put into words what millions of us feel. Let's hope that the members of Congress were listening. We are depending on them to elevate the symbolic unity of sitting next to an political opponent into the reality of working together to pass much-needed legislation.


Anonymous said...

Bi-Partisnship, on both sides, means "I want you to vote A-Z my way on this bill. Now, agree with me".
The Repubs have been called the "Party of No". Now, watch as the Senate Dems (who vote on House bills)become the "Party of No". It just depends on what side of the fence you are on.
The biggest problem we have is a Left Wing President that is living in Center Right world. I am not making this up, it is just the way it is. It is going to cause friction when 20% of the people want to do things that 80% of the people don't want. Well, maybe not that big a spread on every issue, but if the left thought they could actually get away with what they wanted you might see it get that skewed.
And lets face it, starting with Scott Brown and continuing into the last election cycle and probably the next one, the progressive agenda has been handed it hat by the American people, who according to some Left Wing folks "just don't know any better". Just drag us kicking and screaming because you know better than we do.
Don't get me wrong, the Repubs are about as bad, maybe worse in some regards because at least the Dems are upfront with the crazy thinking while the Repubs tell you what you want to hear and do something else.
One thing they might all be able to agree on: Tax reform. Let's do a flat tax and end the mindless tax system we have now. How is that for progressive!

It's not your money! said...

What's driving the Right and the Independents these days are anger over the bailouts and the huge deficits. Obama inherited a Party that under Clinton had successfully shed its "tax and spend" label. Now he has convinced a generation of voters that the Dems are spendaholics who don't understand the concept of fiscal restraint.

Anonymous said...

He inherited the bailouts, the illegal war, the other war, and the brand new american deficit from Bush. Don't forget that inheritance.

Anonymous said...

He inherited ONE bailout, the others were on his watch. And he QUADRUPLED Bush's worst deficit his FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE.

Anonymous said...

Bush went into office without any deficit.