“So now if my colleagues will permit a little advice from an old bull, work together, play nice. In a world where enemies are real, the kind who seek to destroy others because of their religion, it is important to remember there is a lot of real estate between a political opponent and a true enemy.” ~ Senator Christopher ‘Kit’ Bond (Republican, Missouri) (born March 6, 1939)
The above quotation is from Senator ‘Kit’ Bond’s farewell speech from the Senate, made very recently. Senator Bond spent nearly 40 years in public service, including three terms as Senator and two terms as Governor of Missouri.
[Source: I heard part of this quotation “…work together, play nice….” on NPR, December 20, 2010. Verified quotation through accessing KMOX.com December 20, 2010. Date and biographical information from Wikipedia, accessed December 20, 2010.]
Finally, it is good to hear this advice from Senator Bond for his fellow and incoming Senators. Wouldn’t it be marvelous for the Senate to return to collegiality and bipartisanship? Our Nation’s business – the People’s business – demands it!
On a personal note, I have been generally very happy with the work of the “Lame Duck Session” of Congress. It is critical that the Senate ratifies the new START Treaty with the Russian Republic!