Opinion by Patricia L Johnson
Somewhere a line has to be drawn between what you believe in and what is proper and fitting for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
You represent the people in your individual districts and to arbitrarily state that you WILL NOT attend the September 8, 2011 Joint Session of Congress to hear President Obama’s speech is inexcusable. Have both of you contacted each and every member of your district to ask your constituents their opinion on your refusal to attend this meeting?
Whether a person is a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent they need to recognize that the office of the President of the United States is the highest office in this country and appropriate respect should be given to the office and the man, especially by members of Congress.
Would you invite a person to your home and leave before the appointed time of the meeting? That’s no different than what you plan on doing tonight. CONGRESS invited the President of the United States to speak before them at 7:00 pm EDT on Thursday, September 8, 2011.
There is no doubt that everyone in this country feels the economy is the most important issue facing our country. When the President of the United States is going to speak on an issue as important as jobs, before the U.S. Congress, it is your JOB to be there to listen to every word he says. If you don’t want to do your jobs, then you should both resign.
This isn’t a moment in time when you take a stand on how you feel about this president, this is a speech on issues that affect constituents in your districts and you need to be sitting in your seats listening with both ears.
© 2011 Patricia L Johnson