Business as Usual

…why change when not working is working so well…

“The sincere friends of liberty, who give themselves up to the extravagancies of this passion, are not aware of the injury they do their own cause. As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust, so there are other qualities in human nature which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence. Republican government presupposes the existence of these qualities in a higher degree than any other form. Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be, that there is not sufficient virtue among men for self-government; and that nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another.”

~ James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 53, 15 February 1788


It’s not really much of a surprise that the latest news out of Congress is they can’t seem to agree on yet another piece of legislation.  The irony is it’s legislation that both sides actually want to pass.  The reason they aren’t passing it is that one side wants to tack extra stuff onto it, and the  other side doesn’t want to let them.  So they have all decided to stall legislation they agree is needed.  Talk about an abjectly ridiculous situation.  Surely the Founding Fathers would be extremely proud of our nation’s ability to constructively come together to govern…or not.  The best part is that instead of attempt to find solutions, both sides engage in endless blaming, so nothing continues to get done.  Our representatives are in fact experts at talking a great deal, yet doing very little.

And why would they bother to work it out?  Where is their motivation?  No one pays enough attention to really call them out on their ludicrous behavior.  They are secure in their ability to get re-elected.  So why try to do the right thing when you have all the motivation in the world to keep  up business as usual?  There’s nothing great or noble or responsible about these men; they are just in it to win it and nothing else.  Why keep electing only the fools to lead us?  When will enough be enough?


Res Publica


Documentation without Representation:

James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 53, 15 February 1788

Electronic Text Courtesy of The Avalon Project at Yale Law School

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