A glimpse of what we can be

Congressman’s emotional return a precious unifying moment

The triumphant, miraculous return of shooting victim Steve Scalise to Congress Thursday was a buoyant portrayal of the America that could be – and a poignant reminder of the America that is.

 

The unanimous, bipartisan explosion of love and warmth as the representative from Louisiana walked in gingerly on two canes to address his standing, applauding colleagues was as heartwarming a scene as we’ve seen on the Hill since the 9-11 attacks moved members of Congress to break into God Bless America on the Capitol steps.

It was astounding and inspiring to see Scalise back at work just months after very nearly dying when a radical leftist targeted Republicans at their June 14 practice for the annual congressional charity baseball game. It’s a testament to American medicine and the quick lifesaving actions of those around him.

Even more, Scalise’s fervent welcome by his colleagues of every political stripe and personal background should make glad the heart of an America so often at its own throat. It was a testament to an America that might be – one in which passing political disputes don’t mutate into petty personal animosities.

This was another 9-11 moment for our leaders in Congress, if they choose to grasp it – an opportunity to remember the big picture. That we are all Americans, and that we’re all in this together.

In the midst of another crazy, combative news cycle this week, we caught a glimpse of what we can be.

 

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