House shows immaturity, level of divide

Published 7:36 pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sadly, it is a scenario that plays out more than it should. The winning team and its fans taunting, ridiculing or berating the opposition.

Referees try to intervene. Coaches offer words of wisdom about sportsmanship. Usually cooler heads prevail and there is quick regret.

Unfortunately, the former happened last week but without any of the latter.

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But this wasn’t in a high school gymnasium or professional sports arena.

No, this was on the hallowed floor of our Congressional chambers in our nation’s capital.

Following the vote on the American Health Care Act by the House of Representatives, where Republicans had enough votes to take the first steps toward repealing and replacing Obamacare, the Democrats broke out in song.

Wait, what?

That’s right, the Dems essentially lost a political battle that will impact the lives of millions of Americans and they felt it was in good taste to sing “Nah, nah, nah. Nah, nah, nah. Hey, hey, goodbye.”

Apparently, they believe this vote will symbolize the end of GOP reign in Congress and that voters will oust those voting in favor of this legislation during the midterm elections.

This group — admittedly a select group — also threw away any shred of class, dignity and maturity they had left.

While some may argue this is just a small gesture by a few elected officials, the bigger picture is it shows how deeply divided our country is — something that trickles down to every state and every community across America — and how we have completely lost any sense of unity and ability to compromise.

These men and women showed less class than the average sports fan and sent a message that it’s OK to act like a petulant child.

There was no great outcry by the media. There was no real reprimand by party leaders. There wasn’t even much said by the Republicans, further proof that this is just the state to which American politics has devolved.

Our country deserves better. The American people must demand better.