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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

The Bipartisan Train

Mar 25, 2016
Civility Message

Dear Friends,

Two D.C. Federal employees who commute back and forth from Philadelphia each day, sat next to each other one cold winter day after work. The one who sat by the window in the aisle seat spoke to her seatmate asking, “Will you please open the window?” The other woman spoke with indignation, “Absolutely not, I have a cold and if I opened the window, it will kill me. Don’t be so insensitive!”

“If I don’t open the window, Ms. Selfish, I will probably choke from lack of fresh air.” Hearing the brouhaha, the ticket taker, in an attempt to settle the dispute, stood in front of them and said, “Look, the train is full so try to get along, please.”

An older woman, sitting across from the two disputants said to the ticket taker, “Hey buddy, open the window for an hour and that will kill the one sitting by the window and then close it for an hour and that will kill the other and the rest of us who paid to go home can have some peace for an hour.”

That reminds me of Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives. We always seem to be on opposite sides of everything. The American public, like the older woman on the train, is willing to have both sides die in hopes of getting some peace.


Emanuel Cleaver, II
Member of Congress