Has the charade of the State of the Union, a pep rally for half of Congress and a protest for the other half, always seemed off to you? Like the spectacle alone suggested that the "state of the union" was continually divided? It has to us.
Members of Congress, for decades, have sat according to their political party. But this year Members are crossing the aisle in a symbolic gesture towards a more civil way of governing.
Sign the petition to urge your Representative and Senators to bridge the partisan divide by sitting together, Democrats side-by-side Republicans, at the State of the Union address. As Senator Udall wrote, "It is important to show the nation that the most powerful deliberative bodies in the world can debate our differences with respect, honor and civility. We believe that it is not only possible, but that it is something that nearly all members of Congress truly desire. To that end, we suggest setting a small, but important, new tradition in American politics."