Evan Bayh, Democrat Senator of Indiana, announced that he wouldn’t seek reelection because he’s tired of the “partisan bickering”. Sound familiar? Maybe he’s channeling my blog, after all I’ve been complaining of how counterproductive infighting is for months now. It appears that Bayh isn’t the only one who feels that animosity isn’t appropriate for The Hill as four other Democrats aren’t seeking reelection either-- Chris Dodd, Connecticut; Byron Dorgan, North Dakota; Ted Kaufman, Delaware; Roland Burris, Illinois-- and the Democrats aren’t alone, there are four Republicans-- Kit Bond, Missouri.; Jim Bunning, Kentucky; Judd Gregg, New Hampshire; and George Voinovich, Ohio.
We can speculate all we want about why these Senators are resigning but the fact remains that partisanship, bickering and obstruction have all been major themes in Congress, not just in the past year, but for YEARS. It’s just that over the past year or so we Americans have finally taken our heads out of the sand and opened our eyes and have educated ourselves on our country and the repercussions of what our ignorance has bred. We created these Big-Spending-Selfish-Egomaniacs. Yep, we, the people, have given Washington free reign to do whatever they wanted for the last few decades and we haven’t held them accountable for anything. Now we are sitting around pointing fingers and passing blame when we should be looking in the mirror. We elected these people; we gave them the power, yet we are blaming them when we are the ones who put them there!
Bayh said, “What we need to do is to come together as a people and solve the problems facing our country. And unfortunately Washington is just not doing enough of that these days.”
He’s right. We DO need to come together as a PEOPLE because we are AMERICANS first and foremost and it is our responsibility to not only elect the right people to represent us but it’s our obligation to ensure that we hold them accountable. We have NOT done that and yet we wonder WHY we’re in this current mess. There should be no questions since WE dropped the ball seeing as we, the people, were negligent in our duties as American Citizens! Yet we sit here and smugly condemn the Liberals and Conservative as if we’re above reproach. The audacity!
Bayh said he wished that Washington “would work better.” Well, people, it’s NOT going to work better until WE make it work better! Blaming everyone and everything else for the plight of our country isn’t going to fix a darn thing. Concentrating on a problem NEVER corrected it but a resolution sure has. Part of that solution is working TOGETHER because we are in this TOGETHER. We seem to forget that we are the UNITED States of America and we SHOULD want to work together to make her successful.
We can sit back and speculate all we want on how Bayh is resigning because he’s not reelectable or how Chris Dodd knows he’ll “lose” or even that Judd Gregg is only resigning because he’s going to run for President in 2012. None of these assumptions are going to repair our current situation, which is fragile, at best.
However, educating ourselves, getting involved and making sure that we have the very BEST representation in Congress WILL make a difference. I propose that each and every one of us find out about our State Representatives and their voting records. This link will provide you with all the information you need to arm yourself with KNOWLEDGE and with that knowledge you can then set yourself upon a course that is right for your state which will ultimately be right for our country.
Truthfulness and righteousness can be contagious so let’s spread them as they are what we and our country need.