Majority of Americans say, “Throw the bums out.” So let’s do it!
We know the system is rigged. We know they don’t represent our best interests. We know politics and big money are in bed together. We know they are not accountable. We know we’re being scammed. We know it’s a giant Ponzi scheme (makes Bernie Madoff look like a small yard sale). So why do we keep putting them back in power? Are we that stupid? That inept? That dysfunctional?
According to a new Gallup survey more than three-quarters of American voters think most members of Congress do not deserve to be reelected – the highest such number in the 19 years that Gallup has asked the question. Makes sense. Even then, 20 percent said most members of Congress do deserve reelection. What? Do you fecken’ believe it (DYFBI)? Where is this 20% living? In the pocket of some politician? Or working for the government? Or in a cave in West Virgina? Or “Wastin away in margaritaville?”
This anti-incumbent sentiment is common across the political spectrum: 82% of independents, 75% of Republicans and 68% Democrats. Once again, the Democrats’ goodie-two-shoes, be-nice-to-everybody attitude stands out like a sore, liberal thumb. The Independents (82%) probably best represent the heart of America because they are not as tied to either of the polarizing ideologies. And get this myopic, subjective fact. 53% of voters surveyed said their own House member deserves reelection. DYFBI? No! Throw them all out. Your guy or gal is no better than mine, they’re all caught in the centripetal force of a political system that does not – NOT – work or represent “we the people.” It doesn’t matter how nice your member is, they can’t, won’t, do what is right for the majority. So change them every election so no one gets too corrupted for too long. The longer you leave them in, the worse they get. No one, not even the most powerful office in the land – the presidency – can change the current system; therefore, we must keep changing the players, every election. Vote the incumbents out, even your own rep. Because the promises and hope that they bring always go up in smoke from the intense and incestuous power of political partisanship and financial corruption.
As The Washington Post’s Ben Pershing notes, Congress is at an all time low of 9 percent, and the 112th Congress has been one of the least productive in many years. The House had passed 326 bills, the fewest in ten years. The Senate has approved 368 measures, the fewest since 1995. And Obama has signed only 62 bills into law, compared to President Bill Clinton in 1995 signing 88 measures (with Republican house).
Obviously, they ain’t working in our best interests. In fact, they’re hardly working at all. And we know what happens in the real world when that happens: “You’re fired!” The big question is: Do we have what it takes to fire them? Surely we don’t need “The Donald” to lead us in such a simple task. What will it take to arouse us enough to overcome our electile dysfunction and actually do it? Where do we find enough political Viagra to arouse the sleeping beast? Or do we roll over and go to sleep for another four years?