As we approach a new year, Moyers & Company asked some of the people trying to change the world for the better to tell us what made them proud in 2013, and what their hopes and dreams are for 2014. Here’s what Sister Simone Campbell, leader of Nuns on the Bus, told us.
After a frustrating year in Washington, our NETWORK community’s emotions currently range from gritty determination to dawning hope.
Congress has been mired in mean-spirited political gamesmanship. And yet, just within the past weeks, they approved a bipartisan budget plan, which, though flawed, at least made us hopeful that some on the Hill finally understand that governing without compromise hurts everyone, including their own reelection hopes.
So what can we realistically expect in 2014? It being an election year, politics will play a role in whatever happens.
I believe there is a narrow window of opportunity for immigration reform to finally move forward. If it is to happen, action must take place in the spring – after deadlines have expired for registrations of new primary candidates. Republicans need to know they won’t face threats from far-right candidates in order to do what the majority of House members say should happen—pass comprehensive immigration reform now.
And finally, my hope and belief are that restoring community and shared responsibility will be another theme in the coming election year. We the People are sick of deeply divided government that only serves narrow partisan interests. Polling numbers for Congress have been at record low levels, and for good reason. It’s time to come together again. Even if Washington pundits drag their collective feet on this critical issue, at least my organization will be all about restoring our patriotic communal roots.