Heavy handed police activity at the Capitol as of late is the culmination of months of frustration with the Solidarity Singers who have gathered as individuals to sing songs of protest. The Solidarity Singers are choosing a positive action for months of not feeling as though our current state government is willing to hear their stories and life as citizens of this great state.
Articles have been circulating on both sides of the political fence for the past two years calling for some healing: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-saturday-evening-post/healing-americas... and http://wistax.org/blog/lessons-in-reconciliation-for-political-leaders.
Wisconsin is long overdue for political conversation in a respectful, caring manner. This can be achieved much like family therapy is taught. Once the two sides sit down, and sit down they must they need to take the following steps:
1. S--Sense how each side is feeling. If one side gets too overheated (7 or more out of ten), call a time out.
2. T--Time out for only 20 minutes and agree to get back together.
3. O--Outlet. Find something to get feelings back down to a 5 out of 10 by using relaxation, taking a walk.
4. P--Process. Paraphrasing each other and using UNSTUCK to solve problems through brainstorming.
It is time we act like a family and enjoy our great state again. To do that we must minimize outside influences and clean up our house.