Play nice

You may remember that when you were a child and you got into a fight with a playmate, the mothers on both sides of the conflict would intervene. If they were convinced that you could work out your differences peacefully, they’d usually allow you to return to the playground. Both you and your playmates would give the answers you knew mothers want to hear. Your mothers might say now remember to “play nice.” Too often, it would take only a few minutes for one of you to break the peace. These memories remind me of what’s being said publicly by President Obama and members of the current United States Congress. All sides are giving the answers they think the electorate wants to hear, but when Congress reconvenes, the fighting will begin again. As Mom might say, “play nice.” If they do, this Congress and the President might leave a legacy worth leaving.

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