Someone asked me during the break if I saw the statement of Congressman X. His name is not all that important. What he said specifically is not all that important.
The statement commented on some issue or other.
In the old days a statement was that of the person who said it. Now it is so much less. It is the message of “a party.” And that’s why all the statements in the world of politics are the same.
It never used to be that way. It was always a politician looking out for the needs of the people in his district. Now, somehow we have gotten to the point where the need of the party supersedes everything else. Sil Conte and Ed Boland knew there was a time for being a partisan and being an American and sane. It is most unfortunate that most people who are reading this never knew them.
And that’s why all these TV Stations have all these beautiful graphics about what the particular politician has said. It could be one graphic with 100 different names.
So if the party is more important than the politician, why not just get rid of all of them?Instead Congress could get rid of almost everyone. You put for now, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell in the same room and have them solve problems. Then tell POTUS what they have decided and we will go from there.
We can do that on the state level as well. Two people from the house. Two from the Senate and the Governor. You could get so much done it would be mind boggling.
Is it crazy? Yes. Yes it extreme? Yes. Bizarre I will admit to all of that.
But are you really happy with the bickering? Are you happy with the lack of progress? Are you happy with the malaise?
If you are happy with nothing happening...you have the system in place for you.
Most of us aren’t in that category.
“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
JFK said that.
Wonder if anyone in DC remembers.
(picture with thanks JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)