Shearing the Sheep

Posted by Clara Beyer on April 10, 2015 at 2:42 PM

Growing up on a farm taught me that teamwork isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. None of us kids could flip a hay bale or shear a sheep alone. If my siblings and I didn’t work together, things didn’t get done. It’s a simple lesson I learned early on that has stuck with me my whole life.

But as any American can see, it’s a lesson Congress seems to have forgotten. Politicians are trying to shear the sheep alone, and our democracy is paying the price. This Congress is on track to be the least effective in our nation’s history. Bills that previously would have passed without a ripple are now stirring up hurricanes. Is this because we, as a country, have become more ideologically divided? Have we crossed some invisible threshold where our beliefs are just too different to make government by compromise feasible?

I don’t think so. Democracy isn’t weakened by contradictory opinions—it’s strengthened by them. What weakens democracy is when politicians refuse to even start the discussion. I want to go to Washington to remind Congress what it has forgotten: that democracy works when we work together.

 

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