I was proud to learn that the entire Massachusetts Democratic congressional delegation had voted in favor of the Senate bill drafted to avoid going over the fiscal cliff (“House approves deal,” Page A1, Jan. 2). While this bill is far from perfect, and doubtless many in the delegation held their noses as they voted for it, they saw the wisdom in compromising. It’s the way things get done in government — of the way they used to get done.
Later, I found an email in my inbox from MoveOn.org, dated Dec. 30, urging me to call my representative to tell him not to vote in favor of this bill. In a take-no-prisoners approach, it went on to rail against this bill as just another example of caving in to all the wrong interests.
Well, I did call my representative’s Washington office — to tell him that I was very pleased with his vote. Then I unsubscribed from MoveOn.org’s list.
I am a lifelong liberal Democrat, but not an ideologue. Like many others, I recognize that governing means being willing to listen to differing views on major issues and then engaging in meaningful, thoughtful debate to come to agreement in order to move forward. I am sick of the stonewalling by Republican and Tea Party extremists, and I want to support those in my party who exemplify the opposite of this behavior.
Hurray for Massachusetts’ Democratic congressional delegation.