Healing America: Perhaps Dems, GOP Should Mix Teams in Congressional Baseball Game

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | June 14, 2017 | 2:35 PM EDT

Congressional Baseball Game 2015 (Flickr Photo/Labeled for Reuse)

Following President Donald Trump’s shocking election on Nov. 8, 2016, America has been bombarded with incessant vitriol spewing out onto social media platforms, onto television and radio shows and from popular so-called celebrities, comedians and talk show hosts, but today America was reminded of its need for healing.

This morning, GOP congressmen, staffers and security personnel came under fire, and according to the eye-witness testimony of Rep. Mike Bishop, it was “by the grace of God [that] one of the folks [t]here had a weapon to fire back,” giving them time to “find cover” and eventually make it “out of there.”

The facts surrounding the unnerving shooting event that shuttered many awake this morning are still unfolding, but bipartisan calls for prayer have been heard already throughout the day.

From Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) offering prayers for his GOP colleagues and the police officers involved and Nancy Pelosi’s prayer’s for safety for U.S. leaders, including President Trump and his family, to St. Tammany GOP officials calling for “prayers” and “patience” and President Trump’s prayerful support and call for unity, it appears harmony is achievable.

Perhaps today’s shock will help our leaders on the Hill to continue to come together going forward.

But how?

Nearly every year since 1909 U.S. House and Senate leaders have gotten together to play what has been called “America’s favorite pastime” in The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, and according to the website, the current standings have the Democratic Party and the Republican Party in a tie at 39-39-1.

Locked in a tie, neither party stands to lose a thing. Indeed, it’s for charity to begin with.

“The Congressional Baseball Game has been solidified in the history of this country, a bipartisan tradition enjoyed by politicians and citizens alike,” reads the history page of The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity website.

So in a show of true statesmanship, true leadership, perhaps Democrats and Republicans should come together, mix the teams for the big game and play united as one in an effort to begin the healing process for an undeniably divided America.

After all, isn’t that what leadership is all about?

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s not about winning or losing; it’s about how you play the game.” And while in sports and in life we know it really is “about winning or losing,” after today’s events, it’s about how they’ll play the game.

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