Here is a prime example of just what is wrong with our Congress. The lack of cooperation, inability to pass a simple piece of legislation, the constant descent into chaos, and the continued partisanship all stems from a simple lack of respect.
Here's our good friend Mr. Boehner, stalwart speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress, telling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to "Go f**k yourself." Let me say that again: John Boehner tells Harry Reid to "Go f**k yourself"
In any normal work environment, that kind of outburst could very easily get you fired. It would at least require the person to go through some kind of reprimand process and apologize. But in Congress, it seems, such behavior is acceptable. By the way, I posted two different links to stories on this so that you can see the comments. What other people are saying about this tells you a lot about the culture of disrespect that our political world has fostered.
Imagine what would happen to our Congress if by some miracle they actually started to respect each other. They could have conversations, real meaningful debate, and maybe even compromise. Imagine! It would be like having a functional government again!
It's such a slap in the face to see our Congress being so disrespectful to one another. They're supposed to be the model of our civility. It doesn't take much for Americans to spit in each other's faces as it is. But when we have role models like this, it definitely doesn't help anyone.
You don't have to agree with someone to respect them and their opinions. Respect is a big part of life, and you have to respect others to receive respect in return. I know Boehner's comments are not the first of their kind on Capitol Hill, and they won't be the last, but they are a striking example of where our issues are rooted. Until we can pack away the insults and start working together, we're not going to get mcuh further with solving our problems.