By Alexander Wheeler
"Just do it," is a slogan that, regardless of one's particular interest in sports, inspires.
Whether it's about starting a new diet, closing that major project or finishing that last grueling mile, "Just do it" is simple, yet powerfully forceful in pushing us to achieve ever greater accomplishments.
Pan the camera to Congress. We all know the abysmal polls and in-the-gutter approval ratings which mar our legislative branch. Why so bad? Because it just won't "do it." What is "it"? Anything except gridlock.
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Lawmakers balk at passing any meaningful legislation simply because no amount of time before the next election cycle is long enough to feel insulated from the potential backlash.
Consider three stories dominating TV news: the Ray Rice domestic violence case, Ebola and ISIS. Each symbolizes much deeper questions that face our nation.
Let us see both the House and Senate discuss potential legal changes to federal law concerning violence against women. Let us see this debate led by the women in the Congress (because while men are vital to solving this issue, I am tired of seeing men run the discussion on the federal response to such issues: see contraception).
What we don't need more coverage of? Showing the video over and over and discussion of how the incident would affect mid-term elections.
Ebola? Let's not just have a helicopter shot of an American being brought to a hospital to be treated. Let us see Congress debate the United States' role in global health. We proudly display our military might in promoting global security but have not asked whether containing and combatting a virile and deadly virus falls under that category.
Let us see Congress debate what our current federal response would, or should, be in the face of a national outbreak. And debate the larger issue of international aid.
What we don't need to have coverage of? Pundits saying this is a bad disease.
And lastly, ISIS. A rabid group of animalistic "Islamic" fighters terrorizing a broken Iraq and Syria. Let's not just have a of a map with cities they have taken over.
Let us see our representatives debate on how exactly ISIS poses a risk to our homeland beyond a vague "they can get us." Let us see them debate how we as a nation should combat them and what exactly are a president's powers in using our armed forces.
What we don't need to have coverage of? Individual congress members saying how much they hate ISIS.
So it is time Congress takes some advice from Nike. Get to the capital and debate. Let us all see where our leaders stand. Let us know our government still functions.
Most importantly, stop me, an ardent worshipper of the Constitution, from simply wishing the president would bypass Congress because it won't discuss, debate or do anything.