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Congress is out of control

December 10, 2009

In the world of manufacturing, processes exist to ensure the consistent quality of products rolling off the production line.  Tolerances are defined and as long as the product stays within those tolerances, the process is said to be “in control.”

Congress has a process for enacting laws.  There are tolerances for making laws–the Constitution sets those limits.  When Congress passes laws that are within the limits of the Constitution–as they swear to do upon taking office–then they are in control.

Congress today is totally out of control.

Consider the law-making process itself.  A glance at any American Government textbooks reveals that lawmakers draft laws with the asssistance of their staffs, those laws are debated and refined in committees and finally voted on in open session.  In the 111th Congress, laws are written by outside interest groups with little input from lawmakers.   Details are discussed in party caucus behind closed doors.  The fig leaf of bipartisan support is added after-the-fact if one or two Republicans can be persuaded (or bribed) to vote in favor.

This is democracy in action?

Phone calls, emails, letters and other forms of contact are ignored.  Voicemail boxes are left full.  Townhall meetings are cancelled or access is restricted to supporters.  Peaceful protesters are alternately trivialized and demonized.

How long do they expect the people to stand for this?

Congress was elected to solve problems of unemployment and the economy.  These problems are ignored.  Instead, pet projects of special interest groups such as cap-and-trade, federally-funded abortion, government-run health care, forced unionization and pork barrel spending targeted to support groups is given top priority.  Unemployment continues to climb, the economy still hasn’t begun a recovery and there are deficits unprecidented in the history of the world.

Do they think we are not paying attention?

This group of scoundrels was elected by a coalition of special interest groups who knew what they wanted and by an unsuspecting public who were fooled into believing that any change would be good.

How’s that change working out for you, America?

Poll after poll shows that Americans are frustrated and angry.  If some of us weren’t paying attention before, we are now.  A revolution is brewing.  The tide is turning and it’s time for every patriotic American to stand up and be counted.

Time to get Congress back under control.

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4 Comments
  1. December 11, 2009 1:14 pm

    “Poll after poll shows that Americans are frustrated and angry. If some of us weren’t paying attention before, we are now. A revolution is brewing. The tide is turning and it’s time for every patriotic American to stand up and be counted.

    Time to get Congress back under control.”

    If, as you correctly note, Congress is ignoring us, who is going to “count” us once we “stand up”? That’s my first question.

    My second question is, given the fact that this state of affairs isn’t just due to the baneful influence of the Democrats, but the baneful influence of the GOP as well, would you agree that any “throw the bums out” approach is doomed to failure?

    “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. Won’t get fooled again.”

    My own view is that is rapidly losing, if it hasn’t lost it already, what political scientists call “legitimacy”, the “foundation of such governmental power as is exercised both with a consciousness on the government’s part that it has a right to govern and with some recognition by the governed of that right.” (Sternberger.) As you’ve noted, just look at most polls on how the American people feel about the regime there at Rome on the Potomac.

    If the system is irreformable, what then?

    You’ll find my answer to that question over at my blog. But I’d like to know what you think.

  2. December 11, 2009 1:15 pm

    That is, the *Federal government* “is rapidly losing, if it hasn’t lost it already, what political scientists call ‘legitimacy’.”

  3. December 12, 2009 1:16 am

    You could very well be right. It’s not something we really want to think about. Yet.

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