Stating (what should be) the obvious

October 19, 2011

See, this is why I (and thousands of other people my age) want to get into the political discourse, because the media are so jaded and they’re under such pressure to sound a certain way that they don’t bring up the obvious issues. I was just listening to pundits arguing over the jobs bill, which was not even brought up for debate, let alone voted upon. The Senate voted 50-47 to bring the bill to the floor, and now that it’s just a given that Republicans will filibuster anything, the majority who voted in favor of it abandoned it even though it won.

The liberal on the panel argued how outrageous that was, that our government is so dysfunctional that they can’t even bring something with majority support to the floor. (The 3 non-votes would not have been enough but were in favor of it.) Conservatives said that the Democrats should be happy it didn’t get onto the floor, because it didn’t have enough votes to pass—about 5 Democrats said they would vote against it, and it would have failed 47-53. So the fact that it didn’t go to the floor was a good thing, because it didn’t show the dissent within the Democratic Party.

Now, at this point I think to myself, how is that not absolute, irrefutable proof that the entire system is completely fucked up? Remember, it never even got to be debated on the floor, and they’re establishing as fact two things: 1) if 90% of Democrats favor a bill, it’s an embarrassment to the party because they lack cohesion; 2) they knew the exact vote count BEFORE IT WAS EVEN DEBATED.

So what that means is that there is absolutely zip, zero, NO interest on the part of government to even talk about politics anymore. They had no interest whatsoever in listening to anything anyone had to say. The whole “debate” part, the thing that Congress was specifically designed to do, is a complete sham so that politicians can have video of them saying something on C-SPAN. If you ever actually watch C-SPAN, you’ll see this confirmed by the fact that during “debate” the entire Senate chambers are completely empty. The only people who even bother to show up for work anymore are whoever is in front of the camera. The entire U.S. Congress is a publicity stunt.

Beyond that, it has become a given that nobody is expected to think for themselves. The fact that only 90% of Democrats agree on the jobs bill suggests that, according to the beltway media, “many” Democrats are against the bill. In other words, SO MANY Democrats are against the bill, that four of them are actually going to express their opinion.

So, again with the obvious, but shouldn’t ALL of our elected representatives be expressing their opinion? Is that why the Republican Party is so much more powerful, just because they’re so much better at getting their delegation to blindly agree with everything? Is that why the Constitution specifically built a body of 535 Congressmen from across the country, so that all of the power is given solely to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi on one side and Eric Cantor and John Boehner on the other? Four people who, if they ever agreed on anything, would be more powerful than the President, Supreme Court, and all 50 states combined?

Maybe it’s a good thing, then, that they’re completely unwilling to talk about anything. Maybe it’s a nationwide conspiracy that, rather than taking that 1% risk that our country becomes a Communist State or Theocracy (depending on who wins), we’ll just have no government at all and just sit and watch as America bleeds to death.