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10 January 2013 @ 08:46 am
If 'pro' is the opposite of con', what's the opposite of Congress?  

Ever wonder why your congress critter never seems to really understand the problems you're facing? This may have something to do with it.

“The principal difficulty lies, and the greatest care should be employed, in constituting this Representative Assembly. It should be in miniature, an exact portrait of the people at large. It should think, feel, reason, and act like them.” — John Adams

I would like to note that the next Secretary of State, Lurch... sorry, John Kerry... Senator from Massachusetts, hand selected by our 'rich people are evil' president who is currently soaking up the sun in his taxpayer provided seven million dollar Christmas vacation in Hawaii, is worth a quarter of a billion dollars.

Just sayin'.

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Judy Collins - "Send In the Clowns (Don't bother, they're here)"
Fritters: TT Raven Ehhhrrr by ellonwyefritters on January 10th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
How do we fix it when it costs so much to run?
thudpucker: Political-Electorate scorned-chambodiathudpucker on January 11th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)

Hell if I know. I'm not sure if it can be fixed. But certainly term limits would be a good start; at least then we have a revolving door of crooks, none of whom can stay long enough for the major league graft that most of our current representatives currently enjoy.

Frankly, I think selecting random schmucks off the street for a term of office would be better than the present "stupid party vs. evil party" setup.

Benbenicek on January 11th, 2013 11:54 am (UTC)
I like that Adams quote. Not many women in politics either, anywhere in the world. I've never understood how the entire range of political opinion in a country as diverse as the USA can be squeezed into just two ruling parties.
thudpucker: Political-Vote Libertarian-iconsnthingsthudpucker on January 11th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)

Adams was a pretty remarkable person - and probably one of the first national American figures who let politics trump principles, both with his support of the Federalist's Alien and Sedition Acts and his frankly pretty underhanded attacks on Jefferson during his unsuccessful bid for reelection, causing a rift in their friendship that took years to heal.

Basically, he was very human.

We were never, originally, even supposed to have political parties. That lasted about ten seconds after the Constitution was ratified. The last time we had a new party that actually worked was when Lincoln and the abolitionists created the Republican party, and that was before our Civil War - or, as my Grandmother put it, "the recent unpleasantness." We could certainly use more choices.