The buzz on social media the last couple days has been all about the recent elections. Those on the Left are in an uproar, because the Right has the majority, and those on the Right are gloating about how things are finally going to change. Those on the Left are bewailing the stupidity of America and cautioning people to remember, when their rights are taken away, how quickly they voted to take away the rights of others, while those on the Right are crowing about how it’s about time.
Here’s the thing: Nothing has changed. When the Left had the majority, the Right did everything in their power to stop things from going into effect, and the Left got all in a tizzy because the Right was filibustering and dragging their heels and standing in the way of progress. Now that the Right is “in control,” the Left will do the EXACT SAME THING, and still, nothing will get done, and nothing will change.
Meanwhile, Congress is chasing itself around in circles, each side trying to outmaneuver the other and the other side trying to prevent whatever the one is trying to accomplish. So, in the end, the only things that really get done are things that benefit Congress. They create laws that they’re exempt from. They give themselves raises. They go on hiatus and vacation. They sneak extra caveats into everything, so even the most straight-forward of bills that on the surface seems like something everyone should agree on has some insidious fine-print, and thus the other side strives to knock it down, and there’s an uproar about how “They” are bad and “We” are good.
This happens on BOTH SIDES. Neither are all good or all bad, and none of Congress seems to be working for the actual good of the people any more, they’re all working for the good of Congress, or to bash the other side.
I saw a meme the other day (and since it was a meme I can’t vouch for the accuracy, but I imagine it’s probably pretty close) that said Congress has about an 11% approval rating, yet has a 94% reelection rate.
And I’ve never seen anyone who says they think Congress is doing a bang-up job. Everyone I’ve talked to or seen posts from, from the most staunch conservatives to the most vocal liberals, thinks Congress is failing miserably. They no longer represent the people. They no longer govern with the people’s interests in mind. Right or Left, it doesn’t matter. They are not working for us. They are not representing us. They are not looking out for us. They are not interested in helping better the country, they’re only interested in making their own lives as cushy as possible.
It needs to stop. Whether you lean far to the Right or to the Left (or, as is the case with most of America, you land somewhere in the middle), Congress is not making things any better for you. If you lean Left, even the Democratic members of Congress are only pushing an agenda, and as much as they may say they align with your ideals, their actions prove the opposite. They’re more concerned with getting re-elected than with accomplishing anything, so they say what you want to hear, and then they go right on doing only what helps them. The same is true of the Right. They are no different, except that Republican members of Congress tout Republican ideals right before they do exactly what they want to do with no thought for any actual Republicans.
It has to stop.
Congress is out of control. We all agree on this. And yet we don’t do anything about it. We don’t insist on change, we just vote along party lines. We vote against the “other guy”, and we all end up losing. This government was designed to be FOR the people and BY the people. Here’s the thing: YOU ARE THE PEOPLE!
YOU are the people.
You ARE the people.
You are the PEOPLE.
We need to stop letting Congress walk all over us. We need to impose term limits. We need to insist that they are subject to the laws they write. We need to stop allowing them to increase their own pay while letting veterans and the homeless and countless other PEOPLE suffer.
Congress needs to go.