Plea for congressional unity

Plea for congressional unity

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My fellow Patriots,

It is not only our minds, but also and perhaps more importantly our hearts and souls which we must lean on to bring this great country back together. As I reflect on what I have read in the past few days, I feel it appropriate to share 1 John 4:6-20

"16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen."

My belief system does not perfectly align with any religion or denomination I have yet encountered, so I do not claim any particular religious affiliation. I share this context for transparency, because I reference the Bible in a most sincere effort to connect with the hearts and souls of America. I therefore choose to lean on a shared mental model and universal language, which I hope may help translate concepts which are challenging to convey in written word; the Bible beautifully and succinctly captures the essence of my current sentiments. 

I ask that you please sign this petition as a form of support for the collective heart and soul of the United States of America, which is currently compromised; it is composed of and reliant on us all. This petition is a call for love and unity within our nation.

In lieu of any monetary donation for this petition, I ask that you please write a personal letter to your Senators and/or Representatives. Share your hearts, bare your souls, and urge them to do what we require of them to heal in these trying times. 

Thank you, peace, and God Bless America.

Petition:

Dear, Honorable Congress,

It is with a heavy heart and through much soul searching that I draft this petition today. Our wonderful and unique states need you to represent them. The United States of America needs you to demonstrate grace and bring unity. The world needs an example of flourishing democracy.

I beg you to please refrain from any party-driven political maneuvers. Now more than ever, we need a governing body to make decisions and take actions consistent with the will of the people and based on the decision-making strategy our Founding Fathers relied on us to uphold: majority rules.

We, the people, have humbly delegated much of our collective decision-making authority to you in order that you may enable functional governance. We need you to represent us, to collaborate as the Senate and the House, and to enact Laws that uphold, support, and further strengthen the Constitution and its 27 Amendments.

There is much anger and misunderstanding right now. If “out of many, one” is to be the persistent outcome in our great United States of America, we cannot condone through silence lies that yield a nation polarized by politicization of public health; fiscal responsibility; voting districts which should, by definition, exist to aggregate and capture accurately the voice of the people; and protection of the environment. These ought to be considered among many common goals, and they are by no means mutually exclusive. I beg of you, release the very paradigm that begets the phrase “reaching across the aisle,” and instead recognize that there is no need for any dichotomous division! Such a two party system was warned of by our Founding Fathers, and we are experiencing the predictable symptoms of such a system. In 1980, Alvin Toffler wrote brilliantly of possible paths forward in the context of challenges we currently face, which may be conceptualized as an agricultural paradigm (first wave, self-consumption-based) and industrial paradigm (second wave, market-based) colliding with a theoretical third wave based on integration of these paradigms. Thoreau was a brilliant mind of the agricultural era; Alexander Hamilton was a brilliant mind of the industrial era; you and your colleagues need to step up and be the brilliant minds of today!

I know you are up to the task, because if you were not, you could not in good faith and conscience find it tolerable to sit in your Congressional seat today. Be an integrator. Be an innovator. Explicitly and concretely confront barriers to unity and progress.

We need you, we respect you, we appreciate you – please, be your best self and do so right now; for our families and children, for our state, for our country, and for the world.

With all sincerity and great appreciation,

Your Constituents

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