What is required: settlement on targets vs. egocentric adherence to particular person preferences; cooperation versus fistfights on the ground of parliament; verification of credentials when deciding on candidates vs. embarrassing discoveries of forgery; and the choice to comply with the rules laid down within the Structure vs. rhetoric and actions that mislead voters and serve solely as speaking factors on social media.
This can be a probability to show our nation to integrity. We will not let it slip by way of our fingers.
The Home has elected a speaker, however we must always not ignore the truth that lower than 5 p.c of voters managed to defeat the desire of the opposite 95 p.c over 4 lengthy days. A easy change to the Home guidelines would forestall this from occurring once more. The primary poll for speaker ought to use the present format, but when no candidate will get greater than 50 p.c of the vote, there must be a runoff with solely the highest two. Not solely wouldn’t it produce a profitable candidate, however it could additionally eradicate the undemocratic habits of a small minority that we witnessed final week.
Sandy Harlow, Timonium, Md.
Precisely two years after the best modern-day desecration of the Capitol and all it symbolizes, the distinction between how Democrats and most Republicans behaved on that notorious anniversary was beautiful.
It was a break up display screen on January 6 at reverse ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. Whereas President Biden presided over a ceremony honoring the heroism of cops and election employees throughout and earlier than the rebellion, a chaotic vote on the election of an unprincipled subordinate speaker was underway within the Home of Representatives. With rising affect and visibility, election deniers and enablers have uncompromisingly wielded energy that guarantees to dismantle and disrupt the functioning of presidency within the new Congress. Conversely, on the ceremony on the White Home and on the steps of the Capitol — the place Democrats gathered on the identical day to pay tribute to legislation enforcement heroes on Jan. 6, 2021 and reaffirm their religion in democracy — Republicans had been conspicuously absent.
A majority of People simply voted to reject extremism, recognizing the true significance of the January sixth assault on our democracy. Republicans in Congress and past ought to take discover.
Roger Hirschberg, South Burlington, Vt.
It has been onerous to observe the battle unfold within the GOP and perceive that if he needs to grow to be speaker of the Home, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is making offers together with his opponents that finally diminish the speaker’s function. Though Mr McCarthy has inherited the Home, he’ll make a hole sound.
Ellie Berner, Kittery, Maine
I learn with curiosity the Jan. 8 front-page article, “Subsequent within the Home: Fiscal Showdown,” particularly about Republicans’ obvious unwillingness to default on our nationwide debt. We should always imagine what they are saying. However there’s an alternate choice: proceed to repay the nation’s money owed and basically ignore the debt ceiling legislation till Congress lastly reaches a deal to boost the ceiling or change the legislation.
Selecting to disregard the legislation is a horrible choice and precedent; nevertheless, the choice of intentionally tanking our economic system and damaging nationwide safety is way worse. Thousands and thousands of People can be financially damage and Russian President Vladimir Putin can be ecstatic as worldwide ethical and financial help for Ukraine would undergo. Applicable funds had been licensed and appropriated by motion of Congress and signed by the President.
Whereas I am not a lawyer, I do not see anybody being harmed or disloyal and subsequently having the correct to sue. And if somebody sues, after months or years of litigation and the courts rule in favor of the plaintiff, what occurs? It’s not clear to me who might be held accountable. Then again, if the US defaults on its money owed, the American and international economic system and our nationwide safety can be considerably broken. Aggressive intervention by President Biden and the Democratic management is required to eradicate the potential of failure. And the aggressive transfer is to easily ignore the debt ceiling legislation.
In “The Image of Dorian Grey,” the protagonist sells his soul to the satan for everlasting youth. In the identical vein, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) additionally bought out his get together to the Free Republican Caucus with out good outcomes for him, the Republican Celebration, or our nation.
Michael Carberry Early, Easton, Md.