22 December 2009

One More Thing about the Thing

I was talking to my brother yesterday, after the last post on the "health" "care" "bill", and it struck me during this conversation that there is one other major result of the Senate sell-out. While it may have been true for some time now, it was not yet undeniable.

And that is that there is no more semblance or pretense of representative government in this country.

After all, what are people advised to do when they want to support or oppose legislation? Call your representatives; write letters to the editor; email, write and speak on behalf of your position; show up at constituent meetings; testify before the legislative body; vote in public opinion polls; sign petitions, bring community pressure to bear-- in short, make it clear to those public officials who are supposed to represent you that the majority feels the way you do.

Now, in the healthcare takeover debacle, not only was all this done, but it was done in such groundbreaking numbers and with unflagging zeal and effort that it could not have been more obvious that people did not want this bill to pass. The mainstream media smears and information blackout couldn't stop the success of the protests. Voting in the middle of the night like cockroaches afraid of the light couldn't hide the fact. Despite every disadvantage, the polls reflected unanimously that at least a solid majority opposed the House and the Senate bills. In fact, more people thought doing NOTHING at all was preferable to the bills on the table.

Yet, your so-called representatives, including every Democrat in the Senate, and the nearly every Democrat in the House, ignored you. Out of 216 Republicans in both houses of Congress, only one voted for it, Rep. Cao of Louisiana. These people couldn't care less about what you think. The leader demanded action from his chattel, and they performed.

Now, you are going to pay. You face being forced at the point of fines and jail to buy a product from a private company. Aren't the 5th, 10th, 13th, and 14th Amendments still in effect? I guess not.

The Republic is dead. Enter the Brave New World.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

you should move to Mexico

Joseph said...

Timman,

Cheer up. Did you really expect anything else from these yahoos? If this becomes law, and that's still a big if, it still has to survive the Supreme Court and a future Congress. Several house dems have already said they won't seek reelection and I see one jumped ship today. The handwriting is on the wall.

Also, I always thought a representative's job was to do what he thought was right and leave it up to the voters to decide whether or not he keeps his job. It is not his duty to do whatever the majority in his district wants.

Anyway, I believe next year's elections will show that the Republic is alive and well. What we all need to do is get off our backsides and work to make it happen.

Peggy said...

Yes, we are no longer represented by those who have been voted in to do so.

--There is a tension between an elected official dong what he thinks is right, even if the public doesn't agree; and an official doing what his constituents say. There has to be a well-reasoned analysis and weighing of what is really right and how the constituents feel. The constituents' views are important; so is doing "the right thing." Sometimes those things conflict. Sometimes, elected representatives ignore both. ACORN must be quite ready for 2010.

And if Mitch McConnell negotiates an earlier vote time, he has again demonstrated why the GOP is not going to run away with things next year. The Stupid Party, once again.

Anonymous said...

"Anyway, I believe next year's elections will show that the Republic is alive and well. What we all need to do is get off our backsides and work to make it happen."
Ok Pollyanna, and let's play the Glad Game too while we're at it.

Joseph said...

To 2nd Anonymous,

I guess you're right. Let's just all sit around and whine.