Friday, October 4, 2013
Dear Members Of Congress
Dear Members of Congress:
These are busy days, scheduling television and radio talking head appearances and face time with local constituents at fundraising galas, I know, but I'd like to beg a few moments of your time to talk about something I still consider to be important: your jobs.
You know, the ones you aren't actually doing these days.
The job for which you were elected, while promising to faithfully serve the interests of your constituents while secretly, in your greedy little heart, thinking about how that very same job could serve the interests of you and all of your political posse of hangers on.
The jobs we, the American voting public, are paying for with our own hard-earned tax dollars.
I'd say we aren't exactly getting value for our money out of the lot of you in Congress, wouldn't you agree? Worse, I'd say that the bulk of you took your oath of office without pausing to even listen or consider the words that you were mouthing, with your hand placed solemnly on a Bible while cameras clicked away to remember your moment for all eternity in commemorative fundraising brochures.
Be honest, with me and with yourself, you were standing there thinking about the style of font and color of paper for that fundraising brochure, weren't you? And, moreover, how much money you would begin to raise with those very first shots for your next election cycle.
This is what we have become: a nation of leaders who don't lead, and voters who are voting for empty placeholders who do nothing but chase campaign coffer money down the next election cycle rabbit hole.
What ever happened to working together toward building that "more perfect union?" Isn't that the point of a responsible elected body which is put in place to work for the interests of the governed? Last time I checked, all of you were working at our -- the American people's -- sufferance, and boy, are you making us suffer for electing you.
Here's a thought, one that I have been having a lot lately: how about you all get off my television and radio and, instead, go back to actually doing the work for which we, your public, are shelling out our money for your barely earned paychecks? You could pass an actual budget. Sit down and negotiate real solutions to the nation's problems instead of just carping about them on a talking head parade. Honestly negotiate and deal with one another the way that the legislature was intended to function instead of coming up with new and better ways to be a blockade mechanism to anything getting done.
Who knows, we might all benefit from it if you actually tried to DO your jobs instead of posing, preening, and parading around mouthing words that are only designed to help you KEEP your jobs. Don't think that some of us don't see through your kabuki show to know exactly what you find most important -- yourself. Over and over again, one thing has been made perfectly clear to this disgruntled voter, and that is your willingness to do anything, say anything, make a fuss about anything that will get you re-elected. And that this is the sole thing on most of your minds 100% of the time.
Try something new: govern.
Or you might just find that your re-election hopes and dreams have disappeared along with the nation's patience. How's that for some incentive.
Your disgusted constituent,
Christy Hardin Smith
(Photo of the lovely reflection pool before the Lincoln Memorial via anpalacios. Seemed appropriate, given Lincoln's actual commitment to justice and good government. Seems quaint, now, doesn't it? SIGH)