I’m feeling positive lately. Perhaps it is the news that solar power may create peace in the Middle East. Or perhaps it’s the latest news that Democrats and Republicans are going to finally put partisan differences aside in the name of historical preservation.
That’s right — Republicans and Democrats on the same page. Take a screen shot. Mark the time. Get James Carville and Karl Rove together for a beer, because we may be embarking on the unthinkable: bipartisan agreement.
The proposal that has support from both sides of the aisle is the declaration of Fort Monroe as a national monument. Fort Monroe was built almost 200 years ago and is best known for being one of the only military institutions in the South that was never occupied by the Confederacy during the Civil War. The fort is also known for Gen. Benjamin Butler’s decision about the "contraband of war," a term to describe escaped slaves, who instead of being forced to return to the South were instead enrolled as soldiers or laborers.
Now, reports indicate that President Obama is likely to use his presidential power to designate Fort Monroe as a national monument. Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb and Republicans Gov. Bob McDonnell and Rep. Scott Rigell — all of Virginia — agree with Obama's plan.
Even the American public is wholeheartedly behind this plan, according to National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, who pointed to a stunning result from the government’s public comment session on the plan. “I think there's almost 2,000 comments, of which — from what I understand — it's like unanimous, which is almost unheard of,” said Jarvis.
Sure, this seems like small potatoes when you consider the atmosphere in Washington of late, but perhaps it's is a good example of what can happen when politicians focus on issues that people agree on.