I don’t know about you, but I always find it disgusting when I have to listen to U.S. Senators or Congressmen refer to each other as “my friend” or “my distinguished colleague” on the floor of the Senate, and then go and bash their “friend” in the media – or, sometimes, with their next breath on the Senate or House floor. Harry Reid in particular is a master at this, throwing his distinguishd temper tantrums on national television for all of America to see.
Reid’s inflexibility and immaturity have been on full display throughout this government shutdown, as he has repeatedly refused to negotiate on any terms but his own, and has purposefully made his terms so inflexible and irrational that he knows Republicans will never accept them. It’s all politics to Reid, as he continues his futile attempt to push the blame for this government shutdown onto Republicans.
Throughout American history, Congress has had what is commonly called “the power of the purse,” or the ability to control budgetting for the federal government. This is all subject to checks and ballances, of course, but Article I Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution gives the House the power to do exactly what they are attempting to do. In fact, if anyone is truly at fault, it is Harry Reid, who for four years has refused to pass any budget out of the Senate, or to take any budget proposal to conference, so that Republicans and Democrats can negotiate the federal budget. Our nation has not had a real budget in four years, and that fault all lies at the feet of Harry Reid, who has blocked every budget proposal to come into the Senate, so that the federal government can stay at the 2009 baseline spending, which was incrediby inflated by President Obama’s stimulus bill.
The most frustrating thing about this government shutdown for average Americans is that it is all political theater for the benefit of the inside-the-beltway politicians, to the detriment of the American people. Though most of the politicians will insist otherwise, this is all a game to them. Republican leadership in the House – Boehner, Cantor, etc. have shown, in their mad dash to offer compromise after compromise (thus proving that the shutdown is not their fault), have now offered so many compromises to the unyeilding Democrats that they have proven that they are playing politics, not standing on principles.
This is why we see Republicans’ approval ratings dropping almost as quickly as President Obama’s own approval rate: Democrats don’t like Republicans because they’re Democrats, and conservatives don’t like Republicans because the party that is supposed to be representing us refuses to stand up for anything we feel is important. Any time someone like Ted Cruz or Rand Paul actually makes a stand for conservatism on an important issue, it generates huge momentum among conservatives, many of whom are still hoping the Republican Party will shape up…but it is extremely demoralizing when idiots like John McCain and Lindsay Graham do everything they can to halt that momentum and berate the young concervatives who could potentially save the Republican Party. Throw in leadership like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, who look upon conservatives with disdain and will sell out any ideal just to win a few political points for show, and it’s not looking good for the future of the GOP.
In the end, all we, the American People, are left with is a bunch of pretentious blowhards making deals that are good for them, but screw over the average American. Regardless of political party, the United States Congress, the United States Senate, and the President of the United States have become the new American Nobility. They condescend and dictate to us, and give themselves exemptions from the very laws that they saddle us with, and if we ever get upset about it, we and those few politicians who agree with us are called anarchists, arsonists, hostage-takers, jihadists, Nazis and terrorists – or worse.
We the People are faced with a government who feels that they know all, and can make decisions better than we can – even when it comes to things like choosing our health care. Accountability doesn’t matter, because they can manipulate the media or gerrymander the districts, while the party leadership picks and chooses which candidates will get the money and win the elections. While Their Royal Highnesses throw their distinguished temper tantrums, we, the serfs and vassals – America’s indentured servants, get kicked in the head by their flailing feet.
There is a reason why our Constitution outlaws titles of nobility in America – and that reason is on display each and every day as the distinguished Senators and Congressmen parade around their Ivory Tower on Capitol Hill, and King Obama sits in his throne in the Oval Office, passing their edicts and playing their games, not knowing or caring about the havoc they’re wreaking on the lives of the people who are forced to work to support the very government that holds them in disdain.