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A List Of Un-American Lawmakers on Capitol Hill!

September 11, 2011

Question: Does disagreement justify boycotting a meeting of responsibility. Much has been written on what constitutes great leadership. Unarguably amongst the host of characteristics that make true leaders involve communication and courage. While skipping an important meeting may seem to qualify for some political capital, it falls far short of doing the right thing and acting in a responsible and mature manner. Especially, when our future is at steak!

Listening skills allow one to make sense of and understand what someone is “talking about.” In 1991 the United States Department of Labor Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills  identified five competencies and three foundation skills that are essential for those entering the workforce. Listening skills were among the foundation skills.

Disagreements between people are an inherent and normal part of life, stemming from differences in perceptions, lifestyles, values, facts, motivations or procedures. However, harmony is necessary in life and in the workplace. Disagreement can damage your effectiveness, self-esteem and relationships. Handling disagreement includes improving communications to create a foundation for a better working relationship and environment.  It looks like that some our lawmakers consider themselves exempt from socially acceptable behavior. Few employers would put up with this infantile and disrespectful behavior. But then again, some congressmen feel they are free agents with no bosses, that is until election time comes around the corner.

We teach our children “walking away” from a difficult situation makes sense some of the time … but not always.  Walking away works as an immediate first response to acute situations that are unsafe — physically, mentally and emotionally. If you can stay present and work safely with a difficult situation, then it might be constructive to stay put. If there’s a confrontation, but no danger, remaining present might well be the best choice, because walking away removes you from asserting your perspective.

Here is the list of those child-like members of congress who lacked the courage and wisdom to attend President Obama’s “Job Creation Speech.” Their reported reasons are also given. While capturing a few headlines, these so-called lawmakers actually abdicated themselves from the political arena and lost our trust in between. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) who is rehabilitating from gunshot wounds is omitted from the list.

• Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) – felt that President Barack Obama was playing politics with the speech

• Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) – political and personal reasons.

• Rep Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) – chose to skip the speech in person “so he had the ability to discuss the speech with his team as the event took place.”

• Sen. Jim DeMint (R – S.C.) – “ I’ve heard enough.”

• Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) – decided not to stop his own presidential campaign to attend the session

• Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) – attend a party to watch the New Orleans Saints’ kickoff game. “I have a Saints party…and I am absolutely going to be there for the big game, kick-off of the Saints, and the whole NFL. As a fanatic, I have my priorities.”

• Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) – will fly to his district after votes are finished Thursday to talk to “the real job creators about creating real jobs.”

In closing, let not a few distort our perspective, for over 98% of the 112th United States Congress showed restraint and respect and for whatever reason attended President Obama’s speech last week.  Let not the childish actions of a foolish few detract us from the hard work ahead.  If only our lawmakers can put down their guns and place our country ahead of their own personal agendas and partisan views, we can arise to greatness once again. The signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution ratified by state not by ideology.

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