Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Congress Should Live Together, But Not In Dorms

The partisanship in the United States is hurting our communities and our common identity as neighbors. Our political leaders, often in conjunction with the info-tainer side of media, are complicit in, if not outright responsible for, this divisive atmosphere. In response to an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by Senator Ben Sasse, I have a proposal for how our congressional leaders can help us heal, and it was featured in Merion West Magazine. Click on the link for the full piece; below is the intro:

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska recently launched a fascinating critique of the dysfunctional state of the Senate with his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal calling for among other things the abolition of the 17th Amendment. In his proposal to “Make the Senate Great Again” by eliminating the direct election of senators, he suggested various reforms to return a sense of collegiality and debate to the esteemed legislative body. Perhaps the most compelling idea focuses on the need for senators to have legitimate bi-partisan cross-the-aisle relationships to promote real collegiality. Specifically, Senator Sasse believes senators need to live together in order to work together. The suggestion is not only brilliant, but knowing Americans will never give up electing their representatives, the idea of senators living in a single community may be the most feasible aspect of his proposal.

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