The Republican Party, for the most part, has opined that Obamacare is a “train wreck”. Perhaps, they should know. Most people, outside of Washington, seem to disagree: they suggest that Congress is the real train wreck. Others feel that Congress should be furloughed–permanently.
Just look at anything that Congress has accomplished this year–especially the C. R. to re-open the Government and abort the Tea Party’s efforts to Default on our National Debt. If Men are from Mars, and Women are from Venus, let’s send the guys back on that spaceship that Newt Gingrich espouses.
A key part of the problem with the Discord in Washington appears, at least to me, to be that many members of both the House and Senate seem to regard the “other side” as being hated Enemies, rather than Adversaries. The Males on the Floors of both Houses seem to believe that they will win only by attacking, belittling and destroying the other side. Emasculating, if you will.
The Women seem to realize that the only way that you can get to any agreements is to assume that the Opposing Party has a right to their legitimate views and, by trying to understand them–and find some commonalities–they can Govern. Build progress together, rather than tear each other apart.
Now, if we look at the Oath of Office that all Members of Congress take, at the beginnings of each term, it is: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…”. So, what does the word “constitution” mean?
It is my understanding that any constitution–to include the U. S. Constitution–is basically a framework, for the respective government, and how to pass new Laws or Amendments. Does that mean that some Members can pick and choose which Laws to respect and enforce–such as Obamacare, Immigration, Same-Sex Marriage, etc? That wouldn’t make much sense, however, given the lack of cooperation on Capitol Hill, we just don’t seem to be getting anywhere with the Preponderance of Testosterone!
The Women in both Houses seem to regard others as someone who is operating in good faith and, working together, they seem to be able to find agreement, or at least compromise. As I saw in today’s paper, “Women are the Only Adults Left (in Congress)”.
Kathleen Parker had a great column, in the Washington Post, that pretty much sums-up the entire issue about Women seemingly being the only “Adults” actually functioning on Capitol Hill these days, http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kathleen-parker-behind-every-great-woman/2013/10/22/a901633a-3b47-11e3-b7ba-503fb5822c3e_print.html