Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) is one of the more liberal members of the House of Representatives, and he has no qualms with that. His constituents know his voting record, and he is consistent with his liberal positions. Immigration reform is no different. While Rep. Polis is a liberal, he’s proven himself to be an effective legislator and someone who is at least respectful of his opponents in the House. Sadly, it seems that he may have forgotten about the expectations of decorum in a recent House speech.
“Madame Speaker, the gentle people in the gallery, would not have to be in the gallery, advocating if this House simply took up the bill… Do you think they want to be spending their time here, Madame Speaker? Is that what you think? And you’re saying we’re addressing them, and that’s what you’re upset about Madame Speaker? I want you, Madame Speaker, to address the reason that they are here! They are here because our government is tearing apart their families, Madame Speaker!”
“It’s very simple. It’s very simple. It’s very simple, Madame Speaker.”
I wonder if Mr. Polis walked away from the podium embarrassed with his lapse in decorum. As the video progresses and he calms down, I notice a change in demeanor towards the Rep. Walorski (R-IN) who he calls “Madame Speaker.” In fact, I almost sense a bit of embarrassment at the way he has treated her when she tries to call him into order. She seems so flustered by his attack that she’s not sure what to do and finally just decides to stand there not acknowledging his tirade.
I’ve lost my cool before. I’ve said things that I wish I could take back. But I’m not a member of the United States House of Representatives. My job isn’t to conduct business amicably with several hundred other men and women who happen to represent people with views diametrically opposed to mine. Rep. Polis made a big mistake here, and he should have immediately owned up to it and apologized. It probably won’t hurt him though, as his constituents will likely see this failure as “righteous indignation,” and not a character flaw.
Our representatives should be able to conduct themselves in a gracious and professional manner… this isn’t Canada or the UK’s Parliament, after all; our House is supposed to be in Order.
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