‘Sully’ and other problem-solving citizens advise Congress on gridlock – CSMonitor.com

As the new Congress begins in January, leaders take their seats in America’s cockpit at a time when many see flashing red lights across the dashboard. Constituents want a course correction. And he has a few ideas about how to prioritize the challenges at hand, address them with persistence and discipline, and maintain courage and confidence even as the warning systems sound. 

That requires a leadership that serves a cause greater than oneself, and to remember – like that planeload of people he piloted to safety – we’re all in this together. “When we share common values, and common humanity, there’s little we cannot accomplish,” he says. 

A long-term optimist but short-term realist, Captain Sullenberger sees grave threats to American democracy, including politicians questioning the outcomes of elections for their own gain.

“We’ve all gotten a real wake-up call,” he says. “We’ve had the biggest civics lesson of our lives.” 

‘Sully’ and other problem-solving citizens advise Congress on gridlock – CSMonitor.com

This is the first time in over 100 years that a speaker for the house did not happen in the first round of votes. Back in 1923, the nation was heading into a civil war, and it took a long time to get a speaker of the house, several months in fact.

No business of the US can be done without first ‘electing’ a speaker for the House, so the nation is in effective gridlock at the moment, and no government business can be done.