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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Words of Hope

Jan 13, 2017
EC from DC

I recently wrote an Op-Ed that was published in USA Today about how we, in Congress, are to behave in the midst of political discourse. Just when I thought my heart-felt words were falling on deaf ears, I received a letter from a citizen. This gentleman took the time to type a letter and send it to my office. He wasn’t in my district and I have never met him but his sincere words resonated with me in a way that made me, well, hopeful. Here’s an excerpt from his letter.

“Thankfully, reading your article gave me a wonderful new outlook, and hope for positive outcomes in the new year. I have pledged to myself to make every effort to follow your advice. I have resolved to take a more active role in the American political process, and to try and engage with, and listen to people whose beliefs and ideas are different than mine. During those discussions, I will make every effort  to promote the importance of The Golden Rule in helping to shape our views.”

                                                                          ...Floyd from Florida

Now, if I could just get more Members of Congress to make the same pledge, I think we may be able to make it through this transition. You see, we don’t have to agree but we must respect one another enough to listen, to compromise and practice civility amongst ourselves. The American people are watching and if they can see that, so should we here on Capitol Hill. The Op-Ed I called, The Golden Rule, can be found here.


Emanuel Cleaver, II
Member of Congress