Just spoke with Gov Christie. His team has been a tremendous support in this emergency & I appreciate his personally reaching out (again).
Cory Booker is the (Democratic) Mayor of Newark, NJ. Chris Christie is the (Republican) Governor of New Jersey. Doesn’t it feel good when bi-partisanship happens?
Previously in the day, Gov. Christie mentioned how helpful President Obama had been in terms of offering federal support. All this goodwill made me feel safe and proud of my country.
I sometimes ask people looking for a new calling or a general life change: If you were King/Queen of the World, what would you do?
Today, it’s my turn.
If I were the Queen of the World, I would decree the following five things. They would be non-negotiable, because I would be a bossy monarch.
1. All Americans have to listen to this conversation between Alice Rivlin (the Democratic economist) and Pete Domenici (the former Republican senator) regarding the United States economy and the importance of bipartisanship in a democracy.
2. The Electoral College would be abolished. It’s obsolete and makes a vote in Ohio worth more than a vote in Montana.
3. Citizens’ United would be overturned. Our leaders should be chosen by independent citizens, not by corporations or unions.
4- Whoever loses the elections next Tuesday must announce that he/she will wholeheartedly support the winner for the sake of our nation’s future and well-being.
5- Once elected, all members of Congress are required to partner with a member of her/his opposing party for regular meals, outings, and – if they are praying people – prayer. The only agenda for these meetings would be to get to know and care for that colleague and her/his family. It’s harder to demonize someone on the other side when your kids have played soccer together and your spouses have exchanged recipes.
After a terrible storm, people come together in selfless care. Coming together after an election is the least we can do for our country.
Image of the crown made for Caroline of Baden, Queen of Bavaria in 1806. She liked pearls.