Congressional Reindeer

Ho, ho, ho!

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On the shore of the Potomac....

On the shore of the Potomac, at least not far removed, sits a revered building currently going through a renovation to look as fine as people remember it.

Inside that building the people's chosen leadership will shortly see its own renovation as the constant ebb and flow of politics sweeps in a new wave of representatives and senators. By the way, it doesn't entirely sweep out those who lose elections. They have the right to appear on the floors of Congress as former members, and often reincarnated as lobbyists!

It being the holiday season, and after countless re-tellings of The Night Before Christmas the thought came that the 2014 and 2015 versions of Congress, popularly labeled as a "Do Nothing Congress," resembled a herd of reindeer who all wanted to ride in the sleigh with the toys, and thus never got anywhere important (besides being fooled into action by something labeled "Not A Tax" which a dozing majority later awakened to find out it is one.)

Now I must admit that many in the 2013-2015 Congress (they get elected in the even years, but serve, if at all, in the certainly odd years) were somewhat dashing but certainly not Dasher-like in getting the things done that needed doing.

Many attended formal balls and dances, such as the Inaugural Balls (that's right, there were more than just one} so they could actually lay some claim to being Dancer-like.

Many resembled Prancer, but in the sense that a horse, or a reindeer I suppose, that is prancing is certainly not at a full gallop trying to get anywhere, although many of them did fly to exotic places on "inspection tours" which added to the public expense of their support in office.

I wouldn't characterize any of the inordinately small percentage of women who succeeded in being elected to the departing Congress as Vixens, or "she-foxes; shrewish, ill-tempered" women, though a few candidates come to mind, including one formerly in the 2014 administration who seems to have traveled even more extensively, almost as if adding countries' names to her resumé for a much more ambitious campaign yet to come om 2016.

As for potential Comets in the crowd, there were many who came and went with only the briefest flares of fading brilliance, in contrast to some other moonbeams who just stay until full retirement, and even then seem to keep coming around.

That leaves Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen to pull the sleigh of government.....three out of eight of the declared and elected "front runners." To hear it told, some of the remaining, as yet uncategorized "leaders" got elected by firing intentional arrows into the very hearts of those running against them for office, cheap but plentiful "shots." Others made thunderous, Donner-like pronouncements that brought little nourishing rain, and Blitzen-like leaders were hardly found because few lightning-quick decisions were made except when it came time to adjourn and stump for more campaign donations.

And what about any leaders like red nosed Rudolphs, you ask?

I will have to admit that there was no chairmen of a finance committee who fell into the Reflecting Pool, or senator who drove off a bridge and was noted for sometimes having a red nose, but there seem to have been an adequate number who, instead of leading, chose to prance around and play in reindeer games.

And as for Santa?

The elected driver of the sleigh never could seem to get all of the reindeer, even the willing ones, in harness at the same time, so he appears to have made executive decisions to use Express Mail to make sure all the presents and toys (gifts, you know) were given to those he considered "nice" each Christmas, while excusing his inaction in a truly festive speech to the reindeer-like gathering each January

Some of the disappointed who didn't get their promised goodies, are waiting to hear him say "....and to all a good night."



"..... and to all a good night."

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PurvisBobbi44 23 months ago from Florida

What a great hub to end the Christmas holiday. I love writing about Congress and their kindergarten and greedy ways.

I voted up ++

I enjoyed this very much and will share it with my Twitter friends. You hit the target on this one.

Bobbi Purvis


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

PurvisBobbi44 - They have made themselves such big targets. I like to play cupid with their balloons. Let's hope that the newcomers can cause a stir or two and get the "tired blood" off their duffs with open eyes, and listening as much as they talk. It's time for America to get moving again....reindeer or not.


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peoplepower73 23 months ago from Placentia California

I love the metaphor you used with the reindeer names. However, I believe congress is more like children and big corporations and moneyed interests are like Santa. Santa showers them with gifts so that they can campaign to their hearts content and keep Santa very happy, so that each election cycle, he can shower them with more gifts. However, the adults never get anything from Santa because they are the elves that work to make the gifts for Santa. Very clever hub, voting up, useful, and sharing.


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

peoplepower73 - I just enjoyed learning what you have added to HP on ISIS/ISIL, certainly more lie the Grinch who wants to do away with Christmas!

We have a brief window to put this next Congress' feet to the fire, and be that burr under their saddles. Don't give up trying. When the 37% who voted finally give up trying, all will be lost.


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phdast7 23 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Demas - This terribly clever, appropriate, and funny. I am really impressed. You have done an excellent job ... and like you I hope and pray that the next couple of years will bring in some serious minded hard-working reindeer and a Santa, and that they will find a way to cooperate and get the sled moving again. Great hub. :)


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Marcy Goodfleisch 23 months ago from Planet Earth

This is a hilarious thought, Perspycacious! We should all send this to the reindeer we know. If you get my drift! I think Peoplepower has a good point, too, about Congress being like children.


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

phdast7 - Thanks! That's my first "terribly clever" comment out of 6,476 comments so far. Then to have added that the Hub was "appropriate and funny" just added to my New Year 2015 standard to beat.


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Marcy Goodfleisch - A New Year visit from Marcy is a treat indeed. By all means do send this to your local reindeer. Tell them to get harnessed and down to work, or you will lead a local campaign to send them out to pastures covered with snow. Happy New Year and have your 72-hour kit handy. 2015 could be a bumpy ride. (Three kits are preferred: home, car, and work.)


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aviannovice 23 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Very entertaining, yet right on target, I dare say.


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Dashing away to the taxes that fund this Ship of State. Ho, ho, no.

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