Tuesday, August 30, 2011

U.S. Senator Mark Warner paints a messy picture of Washington politics to new citizens

U.S. Senator Mark Warner says our government is messy.

As part of the naturalization ceremony for 45 new United States citizens Virginia’s U.S. Senator Mark Warner gave them a lesson in Washington DC gridlock. “Where I work right now it is kind of crazy,” Warner told the new citizens who took their oath Friday at the Poff Federal Building.

Warner explained that in the past months “it seems like the politicians in our country are spending more time bickering then getting things done.”

Sen. Warner has been making the rounds to all corners of the state and was winding down his whirlwind tour at a NASCAR race in Bristol on Saturday. In Roanoke he explained to the new citizens how a poll taken recently showed that 87 percent of U.S. citizens “were pretty angry at congress … I’ve not found the 13 percent that were not,” chuckled Warner.

The point he was trying to get across was how important it was for them to be “active and informed citizens.” He called this one of the most important things they could do to protect the country. He told them how unique America’s form of government was compared to the countries they came from.

One of the most unusual things about the America’s form of government was that “it is kind of messy.”

Warner explained that the President, House of Representatives and the Senate have to work together and compromise to set national policy. “It is one of the most unique forms of government than anywhere else in the world,” said Warner.

As a result though he said sometimes working through the process to get to common ground and get to a solution can be kind of messy. “Right now it is really messy,” he told them.

With their new citizenship status comes responsibility he told them. Warner challenged each of them to “become part of the debate – to be respectful and to be willing to listen and be willing to hear different voices.” Even voices they didn’t agree with.

He said, “if you watch FOX news turn on MSNBC. If all you watch MSNBC turn on FOX news and realize there are different voices.”

Warner said that if we are to remain the greatest country in the world they as new citizens “have to understand that neither political party has a monopoly on the truth, a monopoly on patriotism or a monopoly on all the right answers.”

He welcomed their new voices and personal experiences into America’s melting pot of a messy process of trying to get things right. This “will be the most valuable contribution you will make to our country,” he said.

Warner concluded by thanking them for giving him the strength to go back out to a lot more town halls and get yelled at knowing that they believe in what America stands for. “Please make sure your voices are heard,” he said.

Several new citizens were encouraged to speak. One new citizen from Mexico said while holding the small American flag in front of him that, “the journey doesn’t end when you become a citizen.” He believed it had just started for him and said he takes the responsibility seriously.

Each new citizen had a story of sacrifice and thanked God, their parents, family and friends. Most of all they were thankful for the kindness of the American people.

[NOTE: I wanted to title this – “U.S. Senator Mark Warner scares the bejeezus out of new U.S. citizens.”]

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Comments (9)

Jack Mcguire

August 30th, 2011 at 1:19 PM    

Ya know there is that “word” again, he even put it in for this event..a Dem talking point. The word is compromise.
Did the Dems “compromise” on Obamacare? Hell no..they rolled over the Republicans with every dirty trick in the book ,including parliamentary tricks and buying votes as in the “Louisana Purchase”.
Now the Reps have one house which they took in record setting numbers so we hear the word “compromise.” Compromising is for losers.
The Reps should stick their guns and do what they were sent there to do. Cut spending and reduce size of government.
The day Warner bought in or pretended to buy in the idea that Obamacare would reduce the deficit, it was obvious that he was just another partisan doing what he is told.Guess the hope for committee chairmanships outweighed his need to tell Virginians the truth.


August 30th, 2011 at 6:18 PM    

You looking for another Civil War Jack?

You know darn well it is the Republicans (at leas some) who won’t budge.

The health care bill turned into a big mess because the Democrats compromised it to nothingness.

On another topic we talked about earlier: Education costs – a Pell Grant in the 80s saved me and I repaid that assistance 100 fold at least.

Jack Mcguire

August 31st, 2011 at 12:01 PM    

Boy if you call govt. takeover of health care “nothingness”
then I can only assume that you wanted even more of a govt. takeover such as the failed single payer systems used by some countries today.
And as far as Reps. not budging, that is why we voted them in, to stop Obama and the socialist turn this country has been taking, and to repeal Obamacare with its economy crippling mandates and 10 new taxes associated with the bill.. One reason employers don’t hire now is the uncertainty about employer mandates. Even the people who voted for the bill don’t really know what is in it. And the speaker of the house even said so. What morons would vote for a bill when they didn’t know what it contained? Hopefully this bill will be found illegal as it already has been by several courts, or simply be repealed with the expected huge Rep. win next fall.
BTW, even Obama may decide not to impement certain parts of this bill till the economy(and his presidency) get back on their feet. Be interesting to see if Obama breaks any new ground with his plan, he better start thinking out of the box if he wants to remain in office. I voted for him last time, and like many others, will not again.


August 31st, 2011 at 4:00 PM    

On healthcare the mandate screwed it up but I still think it will hold as constitutional.

Obama has caved in continuously … he will win in 2012 and I hope he finds his spine then. Even better take back control of the House.

He squandered the two years when Dems had the House and Senate.

I agree he better have BIG plans in his speech on the economy but from what I hear it is baby steps.

Jack Mcguire

August 31st, 2011 at 4:42 PM    

Well Val, I certainly hope the govt cannot start ordering us to buy things. A dangerous precedent, what will be next?


August 31st, 2011 at 4:57 PM    

If it is broccoli then “I OBJECT!”

You may find a comment on Smitten on Clinton just posted that is interesting.

Jack Mcguire

August 31st, 2011 at 7:58 PM    

You think authoritarianism is funny, I don’t.


August 31st, 2011 at 11:09 PM    

I think what you want and what I want could matter less to either party. It is all about control.

They fiddle while Rome burns.

Jack Mcguire

September 2nd, 2011 at 6:25 PM    

Well, dawlin’.. can’t disagree with you there.

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