The ongoing circus that passes for America’s government these days continues to amaze and dismay much of the public. Congressional approval ratings, currently in the single numbers, and the fact that Obama’s ratings are at the lowest point in his White House career are a clear indication that the newest manufactured crisis may have finally been enough to alert our citizens to the fact that our elected representatives are not doing their jobs.
Let alone the self-serving bureaucracy that has taken over so much of our government’s functions.
It is tempting to pronounce that our political system is “broken”. And yet, the system is actually doing what it is supposed to do, which is to provide a platform through which agreement can be reached on how to solve the problems that our nation faces. Unfortunately, to be able to decide on a course of action requires compromise through bipartisan agreement and at the moment that is not happening.
Th House of Representatives passed a bill to continue funding for the National Institute of Health so that current medical trials could be continued. The House voted to reopen national parks. The House voted to fund veterans’ benefits. All of these and many other bills were opposed by both Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid who pressured their Party members not to vote for relief of the “hardship and cruelty” imposed by the so-called “shutdown” (instigated by Republicans, they maintain) of a fraction of the government. 57 of their colleagues have broken ranks, but that is not enough to counter the obduracy of the Democratic-controlled Senate led by the malignant gerbil Reid or to goad the imposter in the White House into some sort of attempt at the leadership that he was supposedly elected to provide.
Compromise and agreement are exactly what our elected representatives are supposed to produce and Senators such as Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are making an honest effort to do their job. Whereas the “mainstream” members of Congress such as Reid and Republican John McCain (who really needs to retire) continue to insist that progress is being blocked by the “radical” Tea Party and other elements of society who loudly and increasingly insist on fiscal responsibility and ethical behavior from our Permanent Political Class and its bureaucratic counterparts.
In regard to those expected responsibilities, I would highly recommend a perusal of the information contained at http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-announces-list-of-washingtons-ten-most-wanted-corrupt-politicians-for-2012/ (thanks, Jason Cutler) which may provide an eye-opening example for some as to the extent of the corruption behind the facade of “government by the people”.
Then again, there is a corps of dedicated Obama-worshipers out there who will refuse to accept the fact that their god prances on feet of clay and no amount of reason, facts, or examples will divert them from their demonization of those who exhibit the temerity to disagree with their adulation.
All of this maelstrom is indeed, in great part, the fault of the voters who reelected all of those who wish to rule, not represent, and of the people who refused to vote during the last election, all of whom thereby contribute to enabling the system with which they are so disgusted.