|Norman Rockwell painting from the Four Freedoms series|
|Michelle Lujan Grisham|
Our House of Representatives was designed to be the "People's House" with citizens serving short 2 year periods in office, representing their local constituents and debating legislation with the rest of the people's representatives to govern our nation in partnership with the Senate. There are hard-working, honest representatives in Congress, in both political parties, who are shining examples of public service with little notice by the media who favor controversial and flamboyant antics of certain politicians who say outrageous things, engage in corruption, sexual misconduct, or are caught in compromising situations. Where people are disengaged in the political process, beaten down by poverty or economic distress, poorly educated, and dished up a steady diet of "fast food" distraction television, democracy suffers. The loud-mouthed "shock talk" radio hosts get more of our attention than do our elected representatives when political issues are being discussed.
Every two years, we see a freshmen class of Congressmen and Congresswomen and hope that they can make a difference to change the status quo in Congress. I personally think that more women in Congress will make a big difference and with 20 women in the Senate now, we are beginning to see "new standards for civility and bipartisanship".
Congress would be better off with more people like Michelle Lujan Grisham elected. This can only happen if the voters pay attention to the issues and the players without having some hyperbolic filter in between pushing emotional hot buttons.