Congressional Patriots–NOT

What ever happened to congressional patriotism? To our congressional paragons of egalitarianism? Some in this legislative body have acted like turncoats. How embarrassing. You don’t have to be a Republican or a Democrat to know Congress has behaved shamefully. Many citizens have been made to suffer. Our soft underbelly has been exposed to world markets.

We voted with the hope of electing people of reason. Instead, we’ve gotten spoiled, cranky children.

Some years ago, our senators and representatives lived in Washington. Outside of work, they became friends. Not so these days. The minute the gavel comes down, members rush to catch planes home. No wonder they can’t negotiate. They barely know each other’s names.

Actually, we knew they wouldn’t let the country go into default. In the meantime, some important, governmental agencies were shut down for sixteen days— for instance, WIC (Women, Infants and Children) a government agency that support low-income women and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk, by providing foods to supplement diets. How do you suppose congressional folly felt to one of those needy mothers?

So—eventually, they came up with a way to pay the government bills, but is it only temporary? Will we face the same problems in January?

Congress needs to get its act together.

2 Responses to Congressional Patriots–NOT

  • maril crabtree says:

    I sense your frustration. It’s where so many of us are. Yet there are still strong voices of reason and hope all around us, too, and I’m trying to listen to those. Robert Reich is certainly one of them. His recent column urged us not to give in or give up the government to those who are all too eager to take over and impose a different perspective. Tomorrow I’m going to see the movie “Inequality for All” and I expect to be — hope to be — strengthened in my resolve.

  • Maril,

    My wish is that a larger percentage of us will take an interest in the people who represent us. My hope is that we can separate the wheat from the chaff–those who are willing to consider the greater cause of even the lesser or us.

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