Congress needs courage more than ever

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

On Nov. 24, guess what’s going to be auctioned off? The costumes and memorabilia from The Wizard of Oz. Why doesn’t Congress take up a collection and purchase one of these costumes?

They could have it framed and hang it wherever it would do the most good. One of the missing personality attributes many of our senators, representatives and Supreme Court justices have is courage. And courage is what the Cowardly Lion was looking for.

As children we all saw the Cowardly Lion join Scarecrow and Tin Man and lead Dorothy to the Wizard to get him to send her back home to Kansas. The Lion also wanted the Wizard to give him courage.

Now, in Washington, they need a big dose of courage. The American people elect these folks to represent them. But it doesn’t turn out that way. Instead they work only for themselves.

Their main activity is to collect money to keep them in power, to do the job of collecting more money. In order to keep power, they lie, cheat, shut down the government and get absolutely nothing done. The days they are in Congress are getting shorter and shorter. It’s shocking.

Whatever happens on his or her watch gets blamed on someone else. It’s funny how they do this. They count on us to pay no attention and they’re right. We don’t pay attention. They call it politics.

Since Barack Obama was elected six years ago, the party out of power vowed to do everything it could to make him a one-term president. They said no to everything and, in spite of Obama’s major achievements, these opposing forces convinced the media to use the term “unpopular president” when referring to him. Quite cleverly successful of them.

Most of Congress today need courage. Either they don’t know the truth, are afraid of it or won’t speak the truth for fear of losing their job and the money that goes with. Maybe they’re just plain psychotic. No amount of fact checking disturbs them.

So why not let us try ridicule and humor? Let’s get them to hang the Cowardly Lion costume in the halls of Congress. Then, when they enter to do the people’s work they will be reminded to have courage and do the right thing.

Margaret Robben

Old Greenwich

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