Article IX. Elections Foster Poor Policy

“You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think.” — Milton Berle

If electoral contests reliably delivered to the chamber of the US House of Representatives congressmen and women who consistently worked together to formulate sensible national policy decisions, then all of the concerns and lamentations in the preceding articles would amount to little more than overwrought handwringing.  But, this is hardly the case.  In spite of the trite promises of election contestants since time immemorial about working across the aisle, election contests invariably fall far from the mark of delivering representatives who work well together.  Instead, congressional election contests invariably deliver members who work recklessly together — either to throw up obstacle after obstacle to prevent the people’s work from getting done; or to authorize invasions of sovereign nations without adequately vetting questionable intelligence; or to bail out the Wall Street sharks who put our national economy at risk for private gain; or to abolish the economic and financial protections of Glass-Steagall in the interests of privileged oligarchs; or to cast a blind eye to Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and numerous undisclosed rendition sites; or to fail to reduce our national dependency on fossil fuels; or to ignore the looming global climate crisis; or to steal from unrepresented future generations to sustain an unsustainable national lifestyle; or to sacrifice the interests of those in need of health care to the interests of health insurance tycoons; or to repeatedly dishonor their oaths of office as they champion causes that benefit the privileged class, while simultaneously excusing those of privilege from accountability to the laws with which all common men must comply; and more.

Such non-stop debilitating Acts of Congress make it clear to all but the most ardent supporters of the status quo, that election contests have never ensured the delivery of members to the congress who worked well together to formulate sensible policies in service to the collective interests of the nation.  Rather election contests invariably deliver a most dysfunctional group of characters — wavering alternately between the morass of group think and frequent repeat trips to Abilene who burden the nation with nonsensical policy choices, at best.

It is telling that a coterie of nationally known comedians is hosting a rally in late October in Washington, DC, to attract attention to the need to restore a semblance of sanity to the public policies which emanate from Capitol Hill.  The concern is not so much that individual members of congress might be insane (although some would surely be well-served by the close observation of well-trained mental health officials), but that a congress which habitually makes policy choices that range so far from reasonable, calls into question their collective sanity.

Is there a way to bring reason and sanity to the manner in which we govern our nation?

Unquestionably, there is.  Stay Tuned.

— iGregor


[Note:  Comments are invited at the conclusion of Article X.]

Published in: on October 27, 2010 at 08:00  Comments Off on Article IX. Elections Foster Poor Policy