Good day... I am 8 years old- my name doesn't much matter but my message shall be clear. In doing the math, the average age of a congress person is 68 yrs. old. I'm less than a quarter of their age, and please- we don't act like our elected officials. We hear they bicker like 4th graders. Please allow me to explain, I take the responsibility seriously when I state- "4th graders, 8- 9 year olds have mastered the art of conversation. Fair and balanced conversation, my friend talks, and I willingly listen. It is then my turn to speak- I'm given the same opportunity. That is very easy to do, however it is more challenging when it is someone I don't particularly care for, as in 'dislike.' This is where I put my manners and politeness way ahead of wanting to cut them off with words that sting! That said my friends in congress, I allow those I disagree with the ability to say how they feel. Remember I am only 8 years old... more importantly- YOu and I are NOT alike! It is offensive to us when we hear "Stop acting like a bunch of 4th graders!" HUH? We do not act like you all do. We listen to each other, we can be in the same room with one another- even though, in a class of 31 students- we don't all approve nor like each other. That doesn't allow us to leave the classroom and go sit in a room with only those we do like. Imagine the world like that! In a resturant, "I don't like you, you can not eat in the same dinning area as I! Try the movie theater, "See that girl over there, her ideas are different than mine- she must watch the movie in a different theater!" You people are in charge of our laws, making them, keeping them, sharing them, and mostly to set an example of them being in everyday life. Sirs/ Ladies we feel, the children in my class, we manage to get along and put our differences aside to get work done- we think you should take a lesson from the 4th graders. 1} get in a room together 2} Say hello first 3} Be courteous, let each person talk. 4} Quiet if you disagree. If you listen you may learn something you did not know before. 5}Do not act bored, that is mean. Cover your mouth if you must yawn. 6} Do to others as you want done to you. 7}Listen, listen and take notes if you have a question. Do not interupt, you will be able to ask when its your turn.8} Say thank you Mr. so and so, even if your heart doesn't want you to say that. 9} Smile even if it hurts your muscles, because it will be your turn and you want the same. 10} Tell them they did a good job of explaining and that you will have your turn. Ask them to give the same respect you did. Afterwards have pizza together because that makes people smile. And the last thing- please please do not say members of congress act like 4th graders. WE DO NOT ACT LIKE YOU DO>the hallways of congress are the same as our school hallways. We pass each other and smile and say hello. We don't run in the other direction or have other people giving notes instead of talking face to face. I did that 1 time in 2nd grade and it did not go well. I blew it with a boy I liked. Its ok, we are friends now. But I wish I talked to him face to face. Oh yes, don't say you guys act like a second graders then, I made a mistake and learned from it. You all should try that, learn from your mistakes. You only will get smarter, kinder and nicer. Now go talk to each other, in the same room with those you don't like and remember your manners, above listed 1- 10. thank you, my name is Sarah
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