Written June 14, 2017
“Let us not seek the Republican answer, or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” ~ Former Democratic President John F Kennedy
Originally I had something else written for this quotes, however in light of the Virginia shooting that the Republican Congressmen were playing at, I’ve decided to rewrite this.
I’ve said before that I don’t claim to be a part of any particular party. I vote because it’s my duty and my right to do it as a citizen of our country. When I do vote, I’ve been known to vote for the person I feel is best suited for the job regardless of the candidates political status. That’s how I was taught and it’s how we are supposed to do it, right? I’ve also mentioned how much I despise politics but I find myself drawn to write about the “stuff” I see happening today much of which I also despise. Not so much as a rant but in the hopes that someone, someday might read what I’ve written and say, “Hey, that lady has a point.”
On that point, we, everybody everywhere, need to have an honest open dialogue about certain topics, many of them controversial. We need to do this without talking over each other, shouting each other down, or calling each other names like racist, bigot, etc. We need to remember we all have Freedom of Speech – even if we don’t like what the other person says. And just as we have this right, we also have the right to walk away from the discussion, turn the page of the newspaper or magazine, or scroll past the social media post if we don’t like what we see or hear. We do not, I repeat DO NOT, have the right to silence another person by any means necessary.
Today, Wednesday June 14th, 2017, just after 7am, shots rang out at a baseball field where a team of Congressmen were practicing for an upcoming bipartisan baseball game for charity. On the field were Republican Congressmen. In the shooting, Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot as were 4 other people.
The shooter had numerous negative social media posts regarding President Trump and the Republican party yet positive posts regarding the Democratic party. Now, I’m sure we all know how divisive this country has become and especially our leaders have been in recent months. It has trickled down from politics and into everyday life.
While watching the coverage on the shooting and the various Congressmen gave their accounts to the media that swarmed them, one politician’s comments is the motivation behind my writing today. Illinois Congressman Republican Rodney Davis, after telling his experience during the shooting, spoke about the vicious divisiveness amongst all of us. He called to everyone, from citizen to the highest ranking politician on both sides of the political aisle, to stop the petty, ridiculous, vile rhetoric back and forth.
Shortly after that, Republican House Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic House Minority Leader Senator Charles Schumer of New York in essence echoed Congressman Davis’s remarks. This was later followed by Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and, in a shocking display of unity, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California agreed with Speaker Ryan. And then our 45th Republican President Donald Trump shared his thoughts, pleaded for unity and offered his prayers.
Strange how an incident like this brings together politicians on both sides in Washington DC. who seem to loathe each other. Is this what it takes for us to maybe, possibly, come together as a nation? One can only hope.
In case you didn’t notice, the politicians I mentioned are from both Republican and Democratic parties. All of them are calling for all of us everywhere to come together in unity because we are stronger together than we are apart(due to fighting). They call us to come together before we completely rip our country apart.
At the time of the shooting, Congressional Democrats were playing on a nearby field. A candid picture was taken of them when they stopped playing and huddled together to pray for their Republican colleagues. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That picture spoke volumes. It spoke of unity. It also said, “Tho we may argue vehemently on matters that are important to us, we still have love in our hearts for our fellow colleague.”
Thought for the day: JFK may have said those words decades ago, but today these words apply more so than ever.
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