When the Founding Fathers wrote our Constitution, they didn't think it was necessary to write an article requiring that people elected to Congress behave like grown men and women. A big mistake. What we have seen over the past several weeks is our national legislators engaging in playground-level bad behavior - like a kid who grabs the ball and runs away because the game isn't going the way he likes.
Democracy involves compromise. In grown-up language this means accepting the fact that you can't always get what you want, but still continuing to work with the other side. If you are elected to office you have an obligation to govern and to consider the needs of all the people, not just a minority, not just those who contributed big dollars to your campaign, and not just one party or a faction of that party.
Many people in Congress have had just one objective since 2008: to try to make President Obama fail in every way possible. No one agrees with everything Mr. Obama has done. I certainly don't. But our government should be of the people, by the people, and FOR the people, not just for a minority who think a legitimate way to try to win a game is by destroying it.
The people who forced our government to shut down for two weeks because they didn't like a piece of legislature passed by a majority in Congress, because they don't like a President who was elected by the majority of the American people, are attacking the very heart and spirit of our democratic process. We can only hope that out of this crisis some drop of wisdom will emerge.
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