Academy Award performance at AHC hearing
Some congressmen and congresswomen were putting on an Academy Award performance at the House hearings on the Affordable Care Act web rollout, and I was very displeased with their behavior.
They were rude beyond what is acceptable, and offered no new information or attempted to solve problems; they just spouted the party line. It was obvious they were just setting up sound bites to send back to their political base. They would ask questions, but interrupt the answer.
They did a disservice to their position as a Representative of the United States, our representatives. There are ways to disagree without being unbelievably offensive, which they most certainly were. The ACA has its flaws and they should be working to make it better. It is now the law and they should work within the system to make changes, not continue the misguided use of misinformation. You use misinformation on you enemy, not the American people.
Congress swore a solemn oath they would represent the American people, not political parties. I would like to look up to those in Congress, but I am really struggling to do so. I want to honor their position, and ask that they honor the position of those with whom they disagree; to please act with courtesy and decorum which their position requires.
Because we want our children to act with respect, responsibility and reason, I suggest we can no longer let our children watch C-SPAN when the Congress is in session. It will teach them to be arrogant, rude, and misinformed at best; or as evidenced in the hearings and government shutdown, prevaricators for political self-interests. We should demand better behavior from our elected officials.
Fix the problems. Act like adults. Respect is earned and can be lost by bad behavior in an instant. Disagree without being disagreeable. Don’t interrupt. Words matter. It looks like they need to go back to kindergarten.