Mr. President, Members of the House and Senate:

Get a grip. Do what you were elected to do. As a Democrat, Liberal, Republican, Conservative – whatever label – we can only hope the reason you won your last election is that the constituents who voted you in bought into that label. So you are correct to lean into the agenda that comes with it.

Get real. We in the trenches of everyday life – whatever label – are forced to live with compromise. We all want everything to go our way but live with getting what we can and dealing with it. I believe most of us want the other worker bees to get some of theirs too – even if they want something we might not, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. The majority of us know we can’t have it all our way, and are willing to live and let live.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

Grow up. For the last four years and more all of you have been playing hardball “My Way or the Highway” with each other, resulting in very little of what we needed and wanted being taken care of.

Compromise! Play nice with each other and get into “Give and Take” mode. We don’t expect you to get us everything we want. We don’t expect you to prevent those with different wants than us from getting something they want. Start working together, without the bullying rhetoric, without listening to just those who contribute the most to your next election, and get some meaningful, positive work done. Work that will get more people at least some of what they need and want, and keep all of us and our country moving forward.

Remember all of us. It’s not all about you.

Thank you.