Hi, everyone. It’s been a while since I did a video but I wanted to update you on what I’m doing. I am down at the Capitol right now, and I have just completed an entire week of school as a new legislator. I told my teenagers that I’m just like them, I’m back in school and learning a lot… and I did learn a lot.
I learned a lot about taxes. I learned about education. I learned about transportation. For example, did you know, we have 126 airports in Idaho? Something I picked up in one of my many, many classes I took.
One of the most important things that I want to share with you was something that I learned in a class on civility in discourse. There was a statistic that was shared; it said that in 2016, after that election, one in six Americans stopped talking to a loved one or family member because of their political beliefs. That hit me right in the heart. I thought, “Oh, that is horrible.” As Americans, if we stop talking to the people that we love and admire because they differ in opinions from us.
I really paid close attention to that class on being civil in our discourse and in our disagreement and the importance of listening. I understand my views may not be the same as everyone’s, but I’m going to make a promise to listen to everyone’s side and to learn and to be civil in my discourse.
As I represent you, I want you to know that you can count on me to be fair and to be a listener. Anyways, that’s my update from the Capitol this week and I look forward to being back there on January 11th.