Consider this: Congress


Metal detectors were removed from the entrance to the House of Representatives Chamber in Washington on Jan. 3 of this year to little fanfare. This is something to think about.

Now that you know this, I’m not sure how you would (or should) feel. I know that this makes me a bit uneasy. Not that I am for delaying the members of Congress any further than they delay themselves, nor because I am for or against pistol-packing Congresspersons. Though I fail to see the reason to carry in the House.

No, it’s more an issue of trust for me. Maybe this doesn’t bother you, but it sure bothers me. A certain Representative named George Santos has been voted and sworn into Congress this year. What are his qualifications? Can you name one? From all my research, and that of many others, we have not found a qualification he gave his constituents that has been truthful. Some say these are lies, oh, excuse me, “embellishments.”  So where does that leave us?

Well, we could ignore it like many of his colleagues by putting the burden back on the voter and say they voted him in. Though he’s not our Representative, we could call on him to resign like some of his other colleagues and, hopefully, many of his constituents. Flood his office phone with these requests. But let’s think for a minute. Why did he lie as we’ve been told? What reason would anyone want to lie so completely to obtain a seat? Or, better yet, what could he be hiding? It is my hope that somebody or group finds out soon. I would like to know if these lies were of a nefarious nature. And, if so, should we be wondering what that could mean to us?

Are there any other in Congress where this is the case? I do believe that there probably aren’t because we do have a media in this country that likes to get to the bottom of things. But can we be sure?

Let’s go back two years to Jan. 6, 2021.  Not only should this have never happened, but the persons involved should never have gotten in the Congressional Building and so close to the people we rely on to carry out our business. So, in retrospect, should we be pulling out the metal detectors? In my mind, with everything I see going on, it’s not whether Jan. 6 will happen again, but when.

We need to be vigilant. We need to be aware of what happens in our country. Taking down electrical grids should be on our radar. Mass shootings should be on our minds, for empathy’s sake and for the sake of our neighbors’ families. Shouldn’t we be fighting to see that these incidents are reduced and eventually eliminated? As I have said in past articles, we need to take time and research those running for all offices, local and above, to make sure they are doing those things we elected them to do. Whatever that is to you individually.

Now that we are thinking about those that represent us, how can we keep them safe? I look at the federal government first for obvious reasons. The government is fixated on division. I say this because when you look at the House of Representatives, the Republicans are on one side and the Democrats on the other. Why is this? Why does one party have to “reach across the aisle” to work with the other? Wouldn’t it be a shorter reach if they were next to each other?  Wouldn’t it be better to seat them Republican, Democrat, Republican, etc.?

Now, I know, they will say but we need to work within our party much more often than with the other party. Couldn’t group mentality be the problem? Why can’t they be seated that way and, in group meetings, do what they need to do? This may make for additional work, but they may accomplish more. They may bring ideas from others to their group meetings. Is this a bad thing? Isn’t being intermingled a better way to keep one party from taking total control over a session?

Yes, this could cause problems. But we have those already so it’s nothing new. And this may work for any of the states that are divided. One thing is for sure, without socializing, we’re pretty much assured of discord for years to come.

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