IS IT POSSIBLE... THEY THINK IT'S RIGHT?
AT LEAST SOME OF THEM?
I've been hard on government in my last few posts, so I'm going to offer at least one "glass half full" perspective.
I caught a little of Charlie Sykes this morning while making a coffee run for the newsroom. Actually, it was just for my boss Rob and me. He was buying, and I wanted to leave the building.
Charlie was discussing the health care reform proposal and how some Democratic pollsters predicted passing it would doom many Dems in the mid-terms. He posed the question: knowing this, why would some of them still end up voting for it?
I hope the answer is this: maybe they think it's the right thing to do.
I'm not making a value judgment on the proposal. This is one of the areas where I must draw the line and present both sides, without taking a position. This isn't an endorsement of the proposal, or a slam on it.
All this is, is me saying, I hope there are still some people left in Congress who vote regardless of political ramifications. If you're voting for it, I hope it's because you believe it's best for our Country. If you're voting against it, I hope it's because you believe it's wrong for America.
We the People will hold you accountable for your vote. Reasonable people can disagree on the merits of the proposal. I wish that's what this debate were about... the merits of the proposal, not the politics.
I recall President George W. Bush supporting the troop surge in Iraq, despite declining poll numbers and waning support for the war. That was not a popular decision, but one the President thought was right. On he went.
The people ultimately rejected the politics of the GOP last time around, but history may well judge the troop surge as successful. It certainly appears that way so far.
On a much smaller scale, if State Senator George Petak didn't do what he thought was right, we wouldn't have Miller Park right now. We might not have the Brewers right now. He cast his vote, and they threw him out of office. He knew they might. They did. He still thinks he did the right thing.
There's the great old quote in regards to a French Politician, who during the Revolution noted a large crowd moving through the streets of Paris. He's said to have remarked, "There go my people. I must find out where they're going, so I can lead them."
I'm hardly suggesting politicians should ignore their constituents. Having the pulse of the people is an important part of the decision making process. I am saying, I sent you (Congressman/Senator) to Washington to study this stuff, to research its impact, consider the will of the people, and then do what you think is in the best interests of the majority. Stand for something!
Again, I'm not saying Congress should vote for this. I'm not saying Congress should vote against it. I'm saying individual lawmakers should vote for what they believe is in the best interest of this Nation.
If I disagree... I'll vote for the other guy next time.