To the Editor:
“When they go low, we go higher.” (aka: take the “high road”).
This sage guidance was recently provided by former First Lady Michelle Obama as she articulated her vision for the value system of the Democratic Party; a party that I have been a member of for 40-plus years. I wholeheartedly support this value because I believe it demonstrates the leadership, strength and inclusion we so badly need now from our elected officials.
Unfortunately, it was far from the behavior displayed by Democratic Congress members during the State of the Union Address. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore up her copy of President Trump’s speech on worldwide television, it reminded me of the fifth-grade class clown making faces behind the teacher’s back, much to the delight and giggling of fellow classmates.
When members of Congress refused to stand for the entry of the person in the Office of the President of the United States, it reminded me of the child in the playground hoarding the baseball because they didn’t get to bat first.
Maybe this melodrama was cute and felt good, but where was the “high road?” What problems did it solve?
I cannot can’t help thinking that if someone like President Obama would have found himself in that same position, he would instead have very effectively addressed the issues in the Democratic Response to the State of the Union Address, showed a plan for us to move forward successfully and got to it – “high road” leadership. Why can’t the rest of you do that? Is it because “he started it?”