This doesn’t often occur to U.S. residents, but the road trip is highly romanticised by people outside of the U.S., and is fairly unique to our country, where you can drive for many days on easily-traversed highways with fairly inexpensive gas, no border checkpoints, and a good chance you won’t have to change languages or currency.
What I’m getting at is that maybe instead of traditional swearings in before a flag, we need to switch to mandatory road trips, and this is the key to repairing the Congress and our very nation. (There definitely would be more support for infrastructure bills.) Possibly at the end, you shake hands in front of a yellow school bus (these also much adored from abroad, considered to be a critical symbol of the USA in the same way we like London’s double-decker red busses).
“Bipartisan ‘Bromance’ Blossoms As 2 Texas Congressmen Make D.C. Road Trip” by Jessica Taylor, NPR’s Morning Edition
My favorite part is how invested other members of the House got in whether the road trippers would arrive make it in time for the vote, with majority leader Kevin McCarthy holding a parking spot right on the capitol steps so they could run in with minutes to spare.
My other favorite part is how obvious it is that members of congress have no understanding of copyright or the necessity of clearing music for broadcast.
Keep on extending that protection, kids. Currently 95 years past publication. I’m still not allowed to sing anything from the 1930s without tracking down the rightsholder, and my friends’ youtube videos of their kids dancing get pulled down by bots because of what’s playing in the background. (Bots reject the very idea of fair use.) But you go on, you rebroadcast that 70s stuff. I’m sure it’s fine.
(Despite my snippyness, I’m pretty sure neither of these guys were in office in 1998 when the most recent copyright extension act passed.)