Senators Jim DeMint and Jon Kyl are no ‘public servants’

Yesterday, Sen Jim DeMint commented on the onerous work schedule Sen Harry Reid is “forcing” the Senate to work.

We shouldn’t be jamming a major arms control treaty up against Christmas; it’s sacrilegious and disrespectful. What’s going on here is just wrong. This is the most sacred holiday for Christians. They did the same thing last year – they kept everybody here until [Christmas Eve] to force something down everybody’s throat. I think Americans are sick of this.

Sen Jon Kyl joined in, saying that meeting Sen Reid’s voting schedule would be impossible “without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians.”

Thousands of firefighters, police and other first-responders work Christmas every year. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors and others who secure our nation work Christmas every year regardless of their faith. And they do it silently and without a lot of the benefits that Sens. DeMint and Kyl enjoy.

In the private sector, thousands work the restaurant, hospitality, transportation and entertainment industries with far less pay and respect than given a US Senator. And their jobs are far more important in the daily lives of Americans than two Senators. If it’s such an issue for DeMint and Kyl, they should just pack up and leave early, enjoy Christmas with their families and come back to work in January. They can afford to do it without getting fired.

I think Americans may be more sick of the 24/7/365 work culture your policies have forced them into. For some, missing work on Christmas means their families make a choice between paying for food or heat.

Perhaps DeMint and Kyl need to be reminded just what it means to be a “public servant.”

NB: For the record, Easter — not Christmas — has historically been accepted as the holiest day of the year for Christians.