Good words, now let’s walk the talk

I have now seen South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and Congressman Trey Gowdy interviewed twice on their book released this week called “Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope for a Divided Country.” Scott who is Black and Gowdy who is White speak openly of their friendship.

I think it is excellent the two legislators are speaking of their relationship. I am delighted they are getting along well and feel their relationship can serve as a guide to better discussions. Yet, when asked if the same guide could help Congress, Gowdy spoke of the desire to win and the other side lose getting in the way of better relationships.

Frankly, I don’t buy that. I think they need to walk the talk in Congress. When anyone on their team is being uncivil, untruthful or callous, they need to call them out. I actually called each leaving a message with one and speaking with a staffer on the other.

I complimented their efforts and wished them well with their book. But, I said Americans want members of Congress to work together to solve problems. It matters not who wins or loses – it matters if we the people benefit. And, when someone denigrates another, which happens too often from the White House, they need to act like their fellow SC legislator Lindsey Graham did when he called the President on the carpet for his infamous remark about sh**hole countries.

Gowdy is retiring from office as still a young man saying he is tired of this zero-sum game of politics. To be frank, he played that game to the hilt, even as late as January with his role in the Congressman Devin Nunes’ memo which was highly political and sloppy work. On the flip side, while he does not believe the Presidenf colluded (see previous reference to political and sloppy work), he did say if the President is innocent, he should act like he is. Then there is his role in the endless Benghazi hearings, which was referred to by fellow Republicans Condaleeza Rice and Colin Powell as a “witch hunt.”

So, seeing his name with this book was a little surprising. Yet, I will treat his intentions as a sincere effort and applaud both of their mission. They just have to be more than words. Words are cheap – we must walk the talk. We need them and their fellow legislators to walk the talk, as well.

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Good words, now let’s walk the talk

    • Holly, you won’t get an argument here. I love the message of the book, but as I mentioned, given his actions, his co-authoring of the book was surprising. He did confess it is much easier to like the congenial Scott. With that said, I may get the book to see what lessons can be learned or reinforced. Keith

  1. I wasn’t aware they had written a book … what planet have I been living on? I think of Gowdy in much the same way I think of Paul Ryan … I think they want to do the right thing, and they try to when they can, but at the end of the day, they go back to the boot-licking, for while they may be willing to go a little ways out on the limb, they are afraid to go all the way, afraid the limb will break. In the long run, it is easier to just go along. Sigh.

    • Jill, I hope the book is a sincere effort to tell a story of breaking through barriers and get along. Frankly, Gowdy’s past efforts have earned a healthy dose of skepticism. Keith

  2. It takes courage to walk the walk and there seems to be little of that among those in political office these days. It’s all about pleasing those who paid your way into office and making sure they keep the money flowing. But, still, it is good to hear a still, small voice from time to time and to think that deep down some these folks know they need to step up at some point. That point, I suspect, will be when the public at large gets fed up…….soon?

    • Hugh, as you note, a truism I have witnessed is words are easy. Actions and behavior are much harder. Gowdy’s past actions have earned a healthy dose of skepticism with most anything political he does. To your point, these legislators have it in their power to change, they choose not to and not supported to do so. Keith

  3. I don’t know much of the history here, but isn’t the act of writing a book and publishing it during their ‘fifteen minutes in the spotlight’ at least a bit self-serving? Unless they are contributing their proceeds to a worthier cause than themselves? My apologies – these words sound so bitter – I am actually laughing a bit as I write, but even that is a little sad 😦

    • Susan, politicians like Gowdy have a well-earned reputation for being political. I would like to think it is sincere and if proceeds were donated, that would help, but in this election year, my skepticism is on guard feeling this might be a play to woo voters for their party. On the flip side, Republicans who have a very strident view on race relations, need to see their party as embracing of all. Keith

  4. Dear Keith,

    It is hard to sit back to give Rep. Trey Gowdy the benefit of the doubt as he played the GOP partisan game so well, especially with the Benghazi investigations.

    But of late, I have noticed some changes in his demeanor. For example, he did not give his stamp of approval on the final report. He publicly disagreed with his fellow Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee in their conclusion that there is no evidence that Russians attempted to undermine Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and assist President Trump in the 2016 election.

    If he does have the ability to be intellectually honest, then maybe something else is going on that we don’t know about, yet. I have wondered if he knows some thing about the chairman of House Intel Committee Devin Nunes that he wants to distance himself from asap.

    The concept of US congressional members from both sides of aisles treating each with a little more respect, deference and decency is something the vast majority of Americans want but with all the agitators, the minority but very vocal ones out there, this fantasy is not likely.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Gronda, very interesting comment. I wonder if he senses Nunes may be guilty of obstruction of justice. As for your final paragraph, I am of a mindset to get people on the collaborative bus and for those who don’t want to ride, their opinion can be discounted. Keith

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