Please, Congress, Go Back To Kindergarten

It is hard to ignore the drama on the reality show we commonly know as Congress.  By the way, in the dictionary, one definition of  “congress” is: the act of coming together, or a meeting of representatives to DISCUSS a subject of COMMON concern.

Nowhere does it say that if one doesn’t like what is being discussed then these are your options:


Kick and scream and throw a tantrum on the floor in the middle of the “store” until you get exactly what you want.


Talk or scream louder than anyone else for hours and hours so that no one can discuss anything.


When the game isn’t going the way you want, well then, pick up the ball and go home. No one gets to play at all.

Remember that great book from Robert Fulghum?   Below is just some of the great wisdom from that book.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don’t hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.

Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. 

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

P.S.  As of this morning, there is a deal to open the government and kick the can down the road.


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2 Responses to Please, Congress, Go Back To Kindergarten

  1. Shelley says:

    I wish you had a facebook option for sharing. I would have posted on my page.
    Very well said–and yes, I own the book, remember it and love it too.

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