TEXAS, May 19, 2013—Imagine a basketball game in the NBA, where the players on both teams casually dribbled down the court, passed the ball around, and talked trash to each other for all four quarters of the game. Where, when a player finally took a shot at the basket, it was half-hearted, and easily blocked. Imagine that the game resulted in a zero-zero tie. Would you appreciate having paid money to watch such a farce?
Not only would you not appreciate such a game, but you would probably be so upset that you would demand that the vendor give you your money back; and if he didn’t, you might even become a part of a class-action lawsuit to force him to do so.
Most people wouldn’t take that kind of thing lying down. Most people, if nothing else, at the very least, would demand their money back.
But while we would be intolerant of a “do nothing” NBA basketball game, we seem to be very tolerant of a “do nothing” Congress.
In order to save itself, the NBA would get rid of the players who are not performing to the standard expected of them. Shouldn’t the same logic apply to Congress?
Yes, the September 11, 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya was a tragedy. Four people lost their lives, and ten others were injured. Should there be an investigation into the actions of all concerned to determine what really happened? Absolutely. Should the investigation consume congress to the point that all other government business comes to a halt? Absolutely not.
No matter what the tragedy or the scandal, the duty of Congress is to tend to the business of, and act in the best interest of, the American people. This means it still has to, among its other responsibilities, “lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States”. Its members should be performing their duties in a manner that acquiesces to the will of the people who sent them there, and the common good of all.
But what they seem to be doing is pandering to special interest, trying to discredit the President or a possible future presidential nominee, or jumping on the bandwagon of every new “hot-button” issue, before they’ve even ascertained what it’s really about. I lay the responsibility for changing this at our own feet.
We have many very serious problems that need attending to in this country, and we should hold the proverbial feet of the people we sent there to solve them, to the fire. Immigration reform; healthcare reform; gun control (or not); tax reform; giving private businesses incentives to allow them to hire more; and many others. There are just too many to list, too many for us to just standby, and allow Congress to bog itself down on a single issue. And then, end up doing nothing.
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