All of this extreme partisanship has to go. Most Americans are annoyed, mistrusting, or put off by politics because the American Congress has decided to have a national pissing contest instead of attend to the need of citizens. The actual issues on hand are of little significance; the only thing that matters is staying true to my party, even if the particular vote makes no sense. The last year and a half of President Obama’s term has been an example of how a country should not be run. Faced with a Republican led House of Representatives and Democratic Senate, none of Obama’s policies saw the light of day. Conversely, any Republican initiated bill passed their chamber of Congress, but died mercilessly on the Senate floor. Is not the job of Congress to enact laws? If they’re not doing that, what good are they to the country?
A perfect example of the idiocy of partisanship is the case of Attorney General Eric Holder. It has effectively been confirmed that while under oath, Holder lied to House Judiciary Committee about his knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious (the operation to allow thousands of American guns to be purchased by Mexican cartel members in an effort to be tracked … didn’t work out so well). There are memos to clearly contradict his testimony. He lied, and lying under oath is a crime. There is no gray area with this. The vote to hold Holder in contempt of court for not releasing documents requested from him by the Committee passed 23-17. 23 Republicans voted yes, 17 Democrats voted no. I just don’t understand this. If Holder lied and won’t produce what is asked of him for proof, he is in contempt. I don’t care that Holder was appointed by President Obama, those 17 Democrats who voted against contempt are simply just voting along party lines.
The oath that Congress members take prior to beginning their term is an absolute joke considering their role in today’s society.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
Where in there does it say anything about integrity, being honest, not using the position to get rich, and/or voting what is in fact best for the people of the country (not necessarily the political party)? I have a problem with this. Moreover, my biggest problems with Congress are these:
-Members get paid more than 3 times the average US median family income, yet they only work part of the year
-There are term limits for each (Senate 6 years, House 2 years), but there is no limit on the number of terms one can serve (Most Americans don’t follow politics well at all. The odds of the incumbent winning an election, no matter how terrible they were during their term, is significantly in their favor. The same loser could be representing a given state until they die.)
-There is no ability to reprimand or censure a Congress person who goes against the wishes of their constituency
-In the 21st century these people are celebrities; people desire the office for money and fame, not to serve the people
I don’t think my disdain for all things Congress is going to change anything, but hopefully enough people will agree with me that something needs to change. Ironically, only Congress members can make changes, since that’s what their job is! Why would someone with a great salary, benefits, power, and essentially no boss want to change the rules that govern them? They wouldn’t, and that’s the biggest problem of all. Serving themselves instead of serving the public … someone needs to work that into the oath somehow.