Can you even imagine the quality of legislative sausage that might come out of our Congress, if there were a hundred characters like you and me there posing questions, listening to each other, negotiating with each other, and striking compromises?
One hopes for those days to return. It used to be (I’m 62) that major bills would pass both houses with some crossover support from the other party, and end up in conference committee, where serious legislators would each have their lists of “negotiables and nonnegotiables”, and would somehow find a way to come up with something that everyone would agree on.
There are many events that led up to the current condition of logjam, and the “sides” will never agree on who did what to whom first. But at some point, warring factions have to decide to cease recriminations and lay down their weapons. Optimistically, there were comments from both sides during the debates in the first 100 days that started to admit that “yea…our side is partly to blame for this mess, too”.
Too, I celebrate your committed Muslin woman reality. I married just such a committed Muslim lady back in Iran in 1978, and this year we are wrapping up 38 years together during which, as you might well imagine, we’ve had many, many discussions such as you have provided me, and our readers, this morning.
Ah, that’s interesting. How’d that go down with her parents? :-)
Good that you got that in under the wire before things went to hell in a handbasket in 1979.