Dear members of Congress,
Congratulations! Chances are, if you were just elected, or you are serving another term, your constituents have faith in your abilities to represent them. That is a tremendous responsibility.
However, the road ahead will not be easy. The last Congress certainly did not set a proper example of how elected officials should work together.
What the last Congress did not understand was a little word called “compromise.” It is not a scary word, I promise. It is a word with which every member of Congress should be familiar.
Sadly, Americans are accustomed to reaping the bitter crops of a divided Congress. Failing to pass a balanced budget plagued the last Congress, all to the suffering of taxpayers who elected them to do just that.
This is my challenge to you: learn to compromise.
Yes, I realize you do not have to listen to anything I have to say. After all, I do not have any impact on your jobs at all. However, I am a registered voter, and it is my civic duty to elect leaders who will represent my vote.
Here is the problem with a divided Congress: no progress is made. An effective Congress does not exist only when one party controls both houses.
Fret not! We understand. You do not agree with everything regarding the policies of the president, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House majority leaders. We do not expect you to support every decision they make. However, we expect you to represent us and be cooperative.
Think about it like this: we elect officials to represent us in our nation’s capital because we have faith in what they promise. But a divided Congress does not accomplish anything. We have many tough issues approaching your review, including marriage equality, balancing the budget, reducing the deficit and reforming the U.S. tax code. Please do not make tensions worse by failing to act as a unified body of government.
All I ask is that you work together and play nice. Is that not what our teachers in school tried to teach us?
As voters, we elect you to represent us, and that includes our positions on various economic, fiscal and social issues. As politicians, you do not have an opinion. We are your opinion. If your constituents hold a view that is opposite your own, that is a problem. But it is not all bad, right? The rest of us still support you. In fact, after the next election, we will send you an impressive gift basket on your way out of the Capitol.
An unimportant registered voter