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Matt Schellenberg: Founding Fathers Would Not Approve of the Recent House Speaker Fight

The recent debacle in Congress over who would be the speaker of the House is a perfect example of the lack of leadership and tolerance of the system that was conceived almost 250 years ago.

Our Founding Fathers would have been appalled by members of both parties during the recent leadership fight. How is party affiliation more important than actual policy and representing all the people in your district instead of just those who voted for you.?

Prominent leaders like former U.S. Sec. of State Henry Kissinger, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and many others are lamenting the lack of leadership, both domestically and internationally, we’re seeing in the U.S.

Just look at Congress in recent days. It took 15 votes to elect the speaker of the House. Around 20 Republicans held out on voting for Kevin McCarthy because they refused to compromise. That’s not how democracy works.

In 1787, thoughtful and sincere leaders compromised to produce the U.S. Constitution, an amazing document and the foundation of our government. Political parties might have played a role in its ratification but they were not in the room at Independence Hall to intervene or get in the way as the Framers compromised on many issues facing a new government.

Congress should be a shining light for the rest of the world. Unfortunately, its members are acting like children that need to be scolded.

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  • Matt Schellenberg

    Matt Schellenberg was first elected to the Jacksonville City Council back in 2011 and won a second term in 2015. He was term-limited in 2019.

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