Thursday, the boys and I sat down to watch C-SPAN online as Congress read the Constitution. The boys read along with a print-out as those powerful words were read. It was amazing.
At another point Rep. John Lewis read the 13th Amendment and I couldn't stop crying. Crying for the tragedy of what it was, crying for the beauty of what it is, and crying for repentance for what our country did. I keep checking Youtube for a clip, but still can't find one.
When the reading was finished, the session started with a request for a budget cut. A 5% budget cut. Rep. Hal Rogers said that the Appropriations Committee would see their 5 and raise them 4...they requested a 9% budget cut. It was clearly said that these budget cuts were just the beginning. While it would cut 35 million from the budget, that was not even close to the amount of debt that increases daily. Our debt is now over 14 trillion. The budget cut passed by a landslide. I'm anxious to see what comes next.
Ethan walked over to me later that afternoon and said, "Thank you for letting us watch the reading of the Constitution."
Me: "Are you sucking up?"
Ethan: "No, it's just that it has occurred to me that when everyone starts talking politics....I don't have a clue what they are talking about. It's time to change that."
Well, for one, I felt pretty lousy because it's my job to explain this stuff to him and I have not done my job. I also felt a great deal of empathy because for most of my adult life, I've felt pretty clueless about politics. I'm just beginning to learn, which tells you that anyone can learn. It matters. It really matters.