An open letter to congress from a worried American

6 years ago

Dear Congress,

I don’t know what to do with you. I really don’t.

I’m a Democrat, I’ll put that up front right now. I have always leaned left and I suspect I always will. I’m not a radical, but I’m pretty firm in what I believe. But political affiliations aside (as much as one’s beliefs can ever be aside), I am terrified of the future of this country.

I don’t think that a Republican led House of Representatives is a bad thing, I really don’t. I’m a big believer in checks and balances and I think that it’s probably a good thing that at least one part of congress is controlled by a party opposite of the president. I’m not going to lie and say that I hope that both wings of congress fall into conservative hands, but I think that diversity in leadership is a good thing.

What I find to be less good is you, Congressman Boehner, our new Speaker of the House. I’m sure you’re a great guy and the fact that you’re a Republican is not my issue. My issue is the fact that you were quoted this week saying that “this is not a time for compromise.”


Here’s the thing Mr. Speaker, government is always a place for compromise, it has to be. I’m not trying to imply that Democrats have been good at compromise these past two years, because heaven knows they haven’t been, but the fact that you, the leader of the House, a leader in our government, are pre-emptively declaring an embargo on compromise? Well, I’m worried. I think you’re making a big mistake and I’m afraid of the consequences of it.

And Senator McConnell, I think you need to take a moment and consider the state of this country. Because it was you who said that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

Senator McConnell, with all due respect, you are doing it wrong. We are in the middle of an epic economic crisis, we are involved in multiple wars, and your biggest concern for this country is about how long the current president is in office? Seriously? I really don’t have any more words for you. You want to represent your constituents? Listen to what they want and fight for that instead. Otherwise, you don’t deserve to be their elected official.

And democrats. A big SIGH to you too. Compromise means not getting exactly what you want. Compromise means letting the other side win a battle or two. Compromise is not something that only the Republicans need to do. You cannot stand aside and ask the Republicans to give a mile if you’re not willing to give an inch.

Give compromise a chance and perhaps in two years you won’t have an election where the other party wins a crapload of seats from you again. Take note, this election is related to what you have and have not done.

Congress, the bottom line is that something has to be different. This isn’t working. People are not happy, the country is a hot mess and you need to get your shit together and do better. You need to stop pointing fingers, stop digging your heels in and try some discourse. Talk to each other, find out what you want to achieve (besides preventing Obama’s re-election, that one isn’t up for compromise, I don’t think), find out what you’re willing to give up.

This country is relying on you, we are trusting our future in your hands. Please don’t let us down anymore. Please remember that behind all the politics are real people who are struggling, suffering and scared for the future. Please remember that you are here to represent us, and to fight for what we, the citizens of this great country, need.

So go, take your new and old seats and try harder. Do better. Make us proud of our country again.


A Worried American

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