The death, at age 89, of Frank Lautenberg is sad but also frightening. It makes me realize that many more members of the Congress & Senate are aging and will be leaving politics – by death or retirement. That scares me because the younger politicians lack the ability to see the larger picture and realize the value of compromise. I shudder to think how more dysfunctional that body will be when dominated by those who entered politics in the past decade – a time when parties were polarized and unable or unwilling to see any other side of an issue.
I hope that the elder had set an example for the younger members. By example I would hope the newly elected would see the value of respecting each other regardless of differing positions. I would hope that they’d realize the importance of building relationships rather than walls. I worry that the new comers will not learn the lesson and will act in their own best interests rather than in the interest of our nation as a whole.
As we bid adieu to Senator Lautenberg, let’s keep our fingers crossed that in the future we will we again see practical, honorable, reasonable men like Frank in Washington DC.
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