It Was The Worst of Times

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As we approach yet another United States Government shut-down I am now convinced that America is currently experiencing the worst possible inept comprehensive political leadership in the entire history of our country.

We are living in the Worst of times- politically.

Ben Franklin is reeling in his grave.

It makes me shudder to think what history books will say in the future.

Let’s break it down, shall we?

Our American representatives are simply not willing to practice compromise. Why?

Many are sadly inept– they don’t possess the skills. They’ve never been said ‘No’ to. They haven’t often had to compromise. They’ve slept between satin sheets surrounded family legacies. Did you know that the average net worth of a U.S Senator is over 14 million dollars? (that’s eight digits people) And that’s not counting the enormous assets they have in their spouses and children’s names. Do you think they started from scratch? Do you think they care how they came into these gifts?

Let me be clear- I’m ALL FOR wealth. I love currency (whatever it may be) and the freedoms and choices it allows. I applaud people who have either earned it, or had the strength to hang on to it. Being ‘Rich’ is not a chink in morality but it does come with a Gucci handbag full of ‘ethics’.

Those that have much- should give much. No law. No requirement. Just good karma.

It’s an issue of Respect– for the history, and toil, and the sacrifices that it took someone in making these legacies, and they don’t have it. Respect. They are disrespectful.

It has been my experience that people that don’t have skin in the game don’t care about the outcome, and worse yet- if they live their lives with a strong behavioral history of things being disposable (because you can just get another)- then they don’t value it.

They don’t truly value our lives and our effort. We are disposable. There will always be another election, another constituency, another deal, another opportunity to do the best thing. Tomorrow. Except tomorrow never comes.

Past leaders may have also been wealthy, but they still seemed to have had a sense of contributing to the the history of our country by reaching for the future, making hard decisions and chancing the consequences. 

Many are simply out-of-touch. Why?

They live in Washington, DC too much of the year.

They don’t juggle several jobs.

They have their own special healthcare (a plan you and I don’t have BTW).

They have equally ambitious spouses that are willing to hold-down-the-fort in exchange for lavish fund raising dinners and shoulder rubbing with influence that will help junior get into a choice college. Did you know that the average net worth of a U.S. Congressperson is 5 million?

But this is about EXTREMES, not money.

 It’s about a lack of respect for the Average Joe, a lack of respect for the heritage of America, a lack of historical knowledge.

It’s about an abundance of self-importance. An abundance of hubris. An abundance of special interest group swag.

I don’t usually condone ‘throwing the baby out with the bathwater’ but in this case, I think we should just start over.

Our Congress is full-up with no talent. They are embedded in their own self-interests… 

and have forgotten mine, and yours, and our Country’s.

  • Linda Roy - Word to the sentiment about Congress bowing to the special interest agenda. It’s sickening and has to change. Looking forward to your weekly poop hole rippin’s. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Sue - You should write a column for a national newspaper- please. I was telling hubby we need average Joe’s or Joan’s to run for the offices. People who do not want it for power and lives in the trenches. I want to throw them all out and install leaders with honesty, integrity, and common sense.ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - I’m beginning to agree with you!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Bradley-Colleary - I love that you’re attacking politics, but I am such an ostrich with my head in the sand that I couldn’t possibly comment intelligibly on this subject. However, should you do a thesis on Daniel Craig’s musculature I’m right there baby.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - That would probably require hands- on research and the hubby might object. Then again, what he doesn’t know won’t ……ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - You’ve got politicians on this side of the border who just love endless entitlements and view it as a career on easy street forever. It shouldn’t be.ReplyCancel

  • conniemcleod - Big money has corrupted the system. Until special interests and their $$ get out of the picture, nothing is going to change.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - All ‘interests’ should be considered equally, with a limit as to how much swag a lobbyist can contribute. Influence should be level.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Campbell - The whole political system is so screwed up it’s not even funny. Ugh.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I really can’t think of an way to ‘un-screw’ it. Where are the NEW ideas? Or maybe we should just go back a few generations and take another look at those ethics? Ughhhhh- is right.ReplyCancel

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