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BIPARTISANSHIP: Congress’ Kumbaya moment

Letter by Lyle Laws, Puyallup on Jan. 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm with 46 Comments »
January 28, 2011 2:03 pm

What a warm and fuzzy moment to remember it was when President Obama gave his State of the Union address on Tuesday, and some of the most hardnosed conservatives and liberals sat together for a “Kumbaya” (holding hands around the campfire) show of bipartisanship.

It was not a little unlike the moment in a boxing match when the referee calls the combatants to the center of the ring to shake hands before they go back to their corners and wait until the bell rings before they come back and try to beat each others’ brains out.

The charade reminded me of the old story about when a worldwide gathering of religious leaders of all of the major faiths came together to see if they could end the rancor that divided them.

After going out of their way to be nice to each other during the conference, the leaders agreed that it would be great for everyone to come together and end the hatred that caused so many problems in the world. So, at the end of the gathering the minister who had organized the meeting came to the podium and said. “Now that we all agree, it’s time for all of us to come together, unite and become members of one worldwide Baptist church.”

Translation? “My way or the highway.”

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  1. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Why would a patriotic conservative member of Congress want to sit with the anti-American socialist democrats??!

  2. eagle_beak says:

    interesting letter Mr. Laws. yes some of the congressmembers did not look too happy or engaged. but it brings to mind a thought that it is at least a start. i think it is good to start mixing things up a bit. when we separate ourselves it is harder to find what we may have in common. i liked it much better than “the bride’s family sits on this side and the groom’s on the other” way of doing things. i truly hope that with the infusion of some new members it may not go on as “business as usual” in washington d.c.

    God bless America and help us keep our country great!

  3. Fibonacci says:

    the3rdpigshouse is a closet communist.

  4. So any Republican who set with a Democrat must not be a patriotic conservative.

    Or they are patriotic enough to want to help the country.

    Even if it means working with the other party.

  5. olbluedoc says:

    “Why would a patriotic conservative member of Congress want to sit with the anti-American socialist democrats??!”

    Because most of them want to stop or at least reign in the rhetoric that breeds hate. It’s quite obvious that you have enough hatred in your head to post a comment like that. Calling someone “anti-American” simply because they’re a Democrat is ludicrous. It’s high time that this type of ranting stop and it can begin with our leaders sitting down together and displaying the type of behavior we should all embrace. I’m thankful for all the members of the House and Senate serving and working together. I’m also thankful that our patriotic Congresswoman Giffords is recovering.

  6. some of the congressmembers did not look too happy or engaged.

    The Us v. Them football hooligans in the stands were oh so much more interesting in the past…….but not really the best thing for unifying our country.

  7. Republicans probably won’t do this next year. Many of them were confused about whether or not to applaud at certain times. In the past, they all could follow their cult leader, but it was obvious Boehner was in a fog somewhere. I saw several start to applaud and then look at Mitchell who was not applauding, so they stopped. Even though the Tea Partiers are Republicans, a few of them seem to be pretty independent and maybe they will think for themselves and represent the needs of the US and all the people in their districts instead of following the mantra of destroying America so they can make their ideological points.

  8. Unfortunately the option to agree to disagree, to have passionate, lively yet respectful debate is usually ridiculed as a Kumbayah moment.

  9. Roncella says:

    The ability to have honest debate should not be stopped. Its one reason we have the Constitution we have, and why the American experiment has been so successful.

    Olbluedoc, Everyone is praying that congresswomen, Giffords recovers quickly and fully.

    The insane shooter who shot twenty that day had noting to do with debate or Palin, or Limbaugh. He had mental problems that too many ignored in his community.

    After all the mean attacks starting with President Obama’s criss/crossing the country during the midterm elections calling teaparty folks extreme, hateful, and Pelosi, Reid and so many other democrats calling folks racists and other hateful names, now they want to play nice, as they lost control of the House in the Congress, Go Gigure.

  10. How is it Mr. Laws and a few oher writers have letters published every other week?
    I thought there was a 30 Day reg.. Has that been changed?
    Or does the TNT have a shortage of letters?
    Does someone have the answers?

  11. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Why is it that when the democrats controlled the House that the Republicans were told to sit at the back of the bus and reminded continuously by the socialist democrats that “they won” the last election?!!! When the healthcare debate was being debated where was the socialist democrat party in working with or even recognizing suggestions from the resonable members of Congress?? The socialist democrat party has demostrated nothing but an anti-American socialist & big government agenda since the disasterous election of “OH-Bummer” – why, in the interests of supporting our nation would anyone compromise and attempt to work with those who have such an agenda??!!

  12. I think it’s sweet Tuddo how you notice these things about Republicans but fail to notice the same behavior among dems. I guess even you can’t be expected to be objective.

  13. nwcolorist says:

    Olemag, for those on the Left, laws are not binding – they’re only suggestions.

  14. It appears to me, olemag and nwcolorist, that any letter that is sent to the letters to the editor blog are posted, online.

    Now, I cant go back and check this out, but it seems as though they will only publish (print) one letter, from any one writer, once a month.

    Does that make sense?

  15. thethirdpigshouse is a true blue patriot and those who oppose what the democrats are doing to the U.S.have the right idea.Unfortunatly we have those that Democrats can do no wrong and Republicans can do nothing right.Too bad they got the parties reversed.

  16. Beerboy, ‘to have passionate lively debate’ is only the first step towards compromise which leads to passing a bill that both sides can agree on. However, the party of the right views compromise as a sin and will not accept any position but their own.
    3pig, when it comes to history you are blind and deaf. Unfortunately you insist on inflecting our myth conceptions about what actually happens. The president and the dems in congress offered to work with the repubs who refused. The current flock of repbus in the house are so not bi-partisan that they have appointed a czar (Paul Ryan) to unilaterally set budgets for all federal agency.

    Nwcol; for the right wing the enforcement of laws is based on wealth and social status.

    Sincere: the ‘true patriot’ would not want to replace “of the people, by the people, for the people” with ‘the elect of God, by the grace of Jesus, for the Mega Corporations”.

  17. sozo, I don’t think I have ever seen the Dems in lock step like the Republicans have been. That is either a plus or a minus for them. Dems still have a big tent and even allow Lieberman in while Republicans punish strayers. The party whip for the Dems said that getting them to agree on anything is like herding cats while the Republicans have a meeting and even the cantankerous and independent ones like Olympia Snow (I love that name) change what they said they would do and vote against their consciences and constituents to heel to the party line.

  18. sharkie69 says:

    “He had mental problems that too many ignored in his community”

    Read more: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/letters/2011/01/28/a-kumbaya-moment/#ixzz1CXYLILkJ

    What a case for heath care reform.

  19. Roncella says:

    Tuddo, you once again are missing in action.

    The democrats walked in lock step on the bankrupt Obama spending bills. The democrats walked in lock step on the bankrupt Obamacare bill, the dems. told the republicans that they should sit in the back of the car, as the dems won and they were in control, for the past two years.

    Where oh where have you been tuddo ?

  20. sharkie69 says:

    Who walked lock step on the Bush bankrupt bills?

    How can Health Care reform be bankrupt when no money has been spent?

    What happened to Obama sitting down with the Republicans only at their meeting in Baltimore?

    Where oh where is honesty and reality?

  21. Roncella says:

    shark, The bill has been proven by many medical experts and others to be bankrupt before it begins.

    The meeting you mention where President Obama was to get input from some republicans was nothing more than a T.V. show for obama. He reminded McCain at that same meeting that He Won the election. Paul Ryan gave Obama alot of written and oral suggestions at that meeting, not one of those ended up in 2500 page mess that ended up bing called ObamaCare.

    President Bush was far more respectful to democrats and always willing to listen to their concerns while he was President.

    He to this day has never critized President Obama about any decisions he has made, yet Obama has blamed Bush for almost everything possible including the weather in New Orleans, before and since becoming President.

  22. sharkie69 says:

    Tell us one time when Bush met with the Democratic leadership on their turf in a televised meeting.

    “shark, The bill has been proven by many medical experts and others to be bankrupt before it begins.”

    But the Congressional Budget Office says otherwise. I don’t have an accountant check my blood pressure, so I won’t ask a doctor to handle financial matters.

  23. sharkie69 says:

    “He reminded McCain at that same meeting that He Won the election.”

    McCain was acting like a spoiled child. Obama was being the Boss, which he is.

  24. Roncella says:

    shark, get your rose colored glasses off and lay off the Obama koolaid as its affecting your reasoning ablility.

  25. ………said the pot to the kettle.

  26. Roncella says:

    Polago, Thanks for the intelligent input to our discussion, you can always be counted on to add important facts, or opinions.

  27. The pot keeps seeing his reflection in all the shiny kettles……

  28. nwcolorist says:

    I could be pointing fingers at tuddo and shark, and start name calling – but in the interest of harmony I will just remark how interesting it is that people can look at the same scenario and come up with completely different explanations.

    Reminds me of talking with my girlfriend.

  29. I don’t know why any self-respecting conservative would want to sit with a demokrat. This whole circle jerk was initiated by the dems so they wouldn’t appear to be in such small numbers in the chamber. At best a childish attempt to cover up the whuppin’ they took in november. The best part of the State of the Union address was not seeing Pelosi jumping up and down whenever Obama got to the “pause / applaud” line on the teleprompter.

  30. nwcolorist and others, the reason I can look at things and say the things I do is because I use facts, not emotion and hogwash to make my statements.

    For example, Roncella, the House voted 219-212 for the health care bill Republicans were unanimous in opposition, joined by 34 Democrats.

    Use a little facts and history for your opinions, and you see the Dems have been correct on the economy every time since the destruction caused by Reaganomics, while the Republicans have sent us middle classers down the rapids when they are in power. When Eisenhower was in power, up until Reagan, I was a Republican, because the economy fared better and decisions were made that helped the country, not hurt it. I then became an Independent, but have had a hard time supporting too many Republicans because of the total nonsensical actions they have taken.

  31. Roncella says:

    Frosty, I watched a democratic congressman from Illinois who was asked by the reporter which republican he was seated next to mins. after the SOU speech by President Obama and his teleprompter, and he did not remember his name, and we pay these guy thousands and thousands of dollars to serve in the congress.

  32. De nada, Roncella.

  33. Roncella

    you should remove your blinders. the republicans were given every opportunity to come to the table. they choice not to. so you have only them to blame for setting in the back of the bus.

  34. sharkie69 says:

    “nwcolorist says:
    January 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm
    I could be pointing fingers at tuddo and shark, and start name calling – but in the interest of harmony I will just remark how interesting it is that people can look at the same scenario and come up with completely different explanations.

    Reminds me of talking with my girlfriend. “

    Such respect keeps you single, I’m sure.

  35. sharkie69 says:

    This is what you get for spending time with the Republican leadership:

    “At one point, Corker said Obama was using lunch with Republicans as a “prop.”

  36. sharkie69 says:

    “Roncella says:
    January 30, 2011 at 11:39 am
    shark, get your rose colored glasses off and lay off the Obama koolaid as its affecting your reasoning ablility. ”

    Says the commenter well known for misquoting Jefferson.

  37. Roncella says:

    shark, Thomas Jefferson, new before his time what to alert most folks to in the future in order to keep respect for the Constitution in force.

  38. sharkie69 says:

    Roncella, if you respect Jefferson, why not quote him accurately instead of misrepresenting his actual quotes?

    As to keeping the Constitution in force, why do the Republicans want to change the 14th Amendment? Was that just a moment of stupidity in 1868?

  39. “Roncella says:
    January 30, 2011 at 9:38 am
    Tuddo, you once again are missing in action.

    The democrats walked in lock step on the bankrupt Obama spending bills. The democrats walked in lock step on the bankrupt Obamacare bill, the dems. told the republicans that they should sit in the back of the car, as the dems won and they were in control, for the past two years.

    Where oh where have you been tuddo ? ”
    Above is the very definition of revisionist history.

  40. new before his time

    Well…..I guess that’s better than being old before his time.

  41. ItalianSpring says:

    The repubs HAD BETTER grapple with the socialists, or they will be out on their bottoms next election. Fail not, at your peril, turncoats.

  42. the3rdpigshouse says:

    I see all the socialist dullards have descended on this article! “OH-Bummer” issued the warning when he deliberately uttered the still being defined terms “Hope” and “Change” – the ignorant electorate reacted by not insisting upon definitions and elected a socialist/marxist as President of the USA! Thinking he had approval to turn a great capitalist country into a socialist armpit of dependency, he commenced implementing his anti-American agenda!! In 2010 a large number of Americans began to realize where this socialist/marxist was taking the U.S. and issued a resounding rejection of “OH-Bummer” and his socialist minions in the U,.S. Congress! The American people must remove this maggott and his socialist congressional supporters from office before the damage to the nation is irreparable!!

  43. Roncella says:

    Publico, You really need to get in the real world, nothiing said in my post of 9:38 could qualify as revisionist, its truth and factual, which you seem unable to accept.

  44. Roncella, I looked at the facts again to see if there was anything there that might support your statements,a nd I find, once again, your comments have no basis in fact. The only “big spending” bill I could find where all but one Democrat voted for it was the 2010 appropriations for Veteran Affairs, where 248 D voted for and 1 D voted against. Of course for the R’s it was 167 for and 2 against, so it was a popular bill all around. Domestic spending, agriculture, omnibus spending authorizations all had R’s voting against, joined by 12-15 D’s. I found many, many bills where every R voted against, but they were joined by at least 10-12 D’s, usually more. Homeland Security and Defense Authorizations usually ahd bipartisan support, but there were a sprinkling of R’s voting against and a handfull of D’s.

    One bill, the Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs bill did get 5 R’s to vote for it, mainly in those states in the South that ahd some targeted impact, but 167 R’s voted against it.

    I found enough to satisy any fact checker that “lock step” is a good term to use for the Republicans most of the time. I will make sure I say “almost always” in any future comment. However, I could not find a single instance of Lock step during the Bush years for the Dems or during the past wo fiscal years of the current administration, so your statements are obviously non supportable.

  45. Roncella says:

    Tuddo, would you describle the vote on Obamacare as voting in lock step by the democrats ?

  46. Roncella, since 34 democrats voted against it, no, I would not.

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