My Rant of the Week: Congress
Sometimes I wish I was clueless. Indifferent. Uninformed. Unfortunately, for me, I am none of these things. And my poor husband has been subjected to my ranting all week about what’s been happening in Congress. He is a saint.
All week, I’ve watched Senators posturing, sermonizing, feigning concern for the American people and grandstanding.
I am sick of all of them – both in the House and the Senate. Using my mother’s favorite expression, “they all stink on ice.” Using an expression from a good friend of mine, “they’re all rat bastards.”
I agree with both sentiments. I am convinced, and I doubt anyone can change my mind about this, they’re all in it for themselves. They couldn’t care less for the American people; they’re all concerned about keeping their little fiefdoms and power.
Whether President Trump is trying to drain the swamp, cesspool or sewer, these guys in Congress aren’t going to let their power slip away from their greedy little hands. They’ve made careers out of politics and President Trump, in my opinion, is in for the fight of his life. That’s what it’s all about. The Washington machine is very well oiled on both sides of the aisle and they’re not going to let some outsider from New York come in and turn their world of privilege, power and control upside down.
Clearly, John McCain’s vote this week against the “skinny repeal” bill showed me that he hates President Trump more than he loves Arizona or doing the right thing. I firmly believe that. (Although I wish him well with his current fight against cancer, I doubt he is being treated under Obamacare.) I saw no reason for the Senate to cut this bill off at the knees and salvage, at least, some good will for the President and Republicans, knowing full well it would go back to the House, which would then make further revisions, and a completed bill could be voted upon based on their supposed consciences. But no.
The most disturbing thing about this week’s circus atmosphere is the fact that these same clowns in Congress have been promising the American people for SEVEN years they would repeal Obamacare. In January 2016, Obama, of course, vetoed the bill, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. Sen. McCain voted to repeal at that time. So what changed? Paul Ryan, at the time, said: “The idea that Obamacare is the law of the land for good is a myth. We have now shown that there is a clear path to repealing Obamacare without 60 votes in the Senate. So, next year, if we’re sending this bill to a Republican president, it will get signed into law.” Yeah right. Think again.
An easy answer to all this would be, of course, “term limits.” But our truly brilliant Founding Fathers chose not to include such limitations in our Constitution. Rather, they determined six years for a Senator and two years for a Representative would enable the “people” to vote regularly and frequently and would make those members of Congress responsible to the “people” by being on a short leash.
Unfortunately, I don’t think the Founding Fathers could’ve ever imagined legislators being in Congress for decades, like Maxine Watters, for example, who has, over the course of 40 years represented a Los Angeles Congressional District in which she does not even live, amassed a fortune that enables her to live in one of the wealthiest communities of Los Angeles.
I doubt the Founding Fathers could’ve ever imagined that the populace would become so apathetic, indifferent, uninformed or just plain stupid that a person like Watters, who believes Putin invaded Korea, could be elected over and over and make a career out of politics.
The other day, John McCain, in his speech in Congress, foreshadowing his nay vote, said, “We are not the president’s subordinates. We are his equal.” I hope we all keep that in mind when these self-righteous politicians start losing their next elections and start blaming the President for his “lack of leadership.” Their loss will be theirs, not the President’s.
I do want to finish with one positive note. Even if President Trump doesn’t get one item on his agenda passed through Congress, I will be forever grateful that he appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. I am hoping he will have an opportunity to appoint another originalist during his term in office. After all, it is the Supreme Court which interprets statutes under the supreme law of our land – our Constitution. (I wonder if Rep. Maxine Watters or her constituents even know this.) For me, the Supreme Court has always been the most important part of America’s political landscape and, particularly, in the 2016 election. So, I say “thank you” to President Trump.
I say “adios” to every member of Congress who has put his or her interests before those of the American people. You all stink on ice.
I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.