Baby Boomers are scratching their heads wondering what has happened to the attitude of service our founding fathers had in mind some 246 years ago.
Washington politicians seem to think we are here to serve them.
As a member of the U.S. Congress what is your job? What were you elected to do? You are here to responsibly run the Nation’s business and serve Americans who elected you who pay your salaries and support your cushy pensions.
Instead – you sling mud on one another across the halls of Congress and act like a bunch elementary school children who need spankings. The world is laughing at us. The world no longer has any real respect for the United States because we haven’t demonstrated we have earned it. It is time for real change in Congress and an atmosphere of common decency.
What about that?
Back in the day, it was considered a great honor to be elected to Congress. As a junior member of Congress, you showed respect and honored those who came before you – those who had paid their dues. A certain protocol had to be followed to carve a path to success and stay the course if you planned on a lifetime of service.
Over the past two decades, there has been a troubling “Spy vs Spy” pattern in the two houses of Congress void of any spirit of cooperation and compromise. This pattern has only grown worse in recent years. It is all about bipartisan one-upmanship, revenge – and “We The People” be damned. You people possess an attitude of arrogance and seem to feel you owe the American People nothing.
Remember – if you can – you were elected to serve us.
Let’s get that straight.
You pass bills with no real meaning for the American People and do your victory dances. The Inflation Reduction Act has not controlled inflation. It is all eyewash to me and has accomplished nothing. I am not an economic scholar; however, I believe inflation has never been controlled via government intervention. Inflation tends to be about supply and demand. When there isn’t enough of it, it gets expensive and when there’s a lot of it, prices come down.
Raising the Fed doesn’t stop it either. Raising the Fed only hurts consumers with higher lending rates and tanks the real estate market.
Meanwhile, life on Main Street has grown tougher and tougher for Americans who were struggling to begin with. People seem to forget the gorilla in the living room – COVID. The pandemic turned everything upside down. All this political infighting has done is stall the recovery and any progress. Can’t get a darned thing through the Senate because the dominate party won’t have it (this goes for both parties). Self-absorption in a nutshell. Seems you folks perceive believe having complete control of The Hill would make the Nation a better place.
This has never been true.
A balance of power works. Absolute Power does not.
There’s hasn’t been a balance of power on the Hill in ages. There’s a need for a real balance of power on the Hill for us to get anywhere. It is the only way to achieve some level of compromise. Instead, it is all useless meaningless chatter – noise…
To Capitol Hill’s “old guard” – those of you who’ve been on the Hill since I was a teenager – do us all a favor and retire. Go home. You are no longer of value to the American People. Time for you to step aside and make way for those who want to affect positive change. Part the ranks, go home, and make way for young people who have the energy and positive drive to serve Americans.
Where is George Carlin in these troubled times when we need his voice and his wisdom because he had you folks pegged long ago. The United States Congress is a closed corporation – a private party – that believes it is not accountable to the American People. The United States Congress is bought and paid for by big business – not the American People. As long as elections are driven by big money, Americans will never have a voice in Washington.
It is time for major change on the Hill – and elections no longer driven by Super PACs. Think about it this way, the United States Supreme Court voted to allow unlimited campaign contributions. They understand where their bread is buttered.
Anyone on the Hill determined to accomplish anything – ANYTHING – is demonized and run out of town if they don’t walk in lockstep. The House Floor – especially – is disgusting. You have foul-mouthed representatives who make incendiary remarks and spread bad information that gets people maimed and killed. This is not what we are supposed to be. Our founding fathers would be appalled.
Those who’ve tried to get anything accomplished have elected not to run again. They are done. They are people who chose to serve – and I mean actually serve the People who elected them. They learned quickly that Capitol Hill is the “old boys” club and those who wish to serve the People are not in it.
In the time most of us have been alive, the United States of America has become the Divided States of America by design. We have leadership that has engineered it that way. Divide the people, limited education and funding, and dumb down society.
Have you looked at us lately?
We’re no longer the post-war America that mentored and shaped us.
2 thoughts on “A LETTER TO WASHINGTON”
The entire concept of learn something, get good at it, pay your dues, work your way up is lost. Younger types want it now and it’s a rude awakening when living on Daddy’s money and the truck he bought and the world is your cake slacker mentality dries up, all the sudden they’re in their forties selling mattresses. Or fresh out of a two year clerical degree they’re asking their VP boss with two MA degrees “How do I get your job” and don’t want to hear “Years, education and work.” Our elected officials are the worst possible role models.
I agree Phil. There’s no substitute for hard work and time invested. I am stunned at the foul, disgusting mouths on Capitol Hill. Those who’ve served before would be shocked at Greene and Boebert. Both need to be voted out of office. Boebert just proved the voters of Colorado approved of her mouth.
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