"Ground Control to Congress and Senate"........
Just my opinion.....
Perhaps it's because they built the steps to the halls of congress and senate too long and to high above the levels of the people that they "serve " , or that the leather , the velvet and the rarest hardwood paneling and crown moldings make them each feel that they are actually existing on some levels far above the rest of the humanity that they supposedly "represent" ,
Maybe, its the way that they get to ride around in limo's and demand 'special' flights for them to move from one cloud of life to another one . Or is it possible that the six figure salaries , the free government healthcare coverage , the loaded retirement packages or the many other above board benefits and rights that they thoroughly enjoy .
Personally , I believe that its the unspoken benefits that are the greatest elements of corruption , Yes , there it is ........You know the term "Inside the beltway " , we've all heard that one. Well it is the "inside " part that bothers me the most. " Insider trading" , inside decisions , inside closed meetings , insider senate intelligence , insider think tanks" , ......on and on we go and where do we stop?.............On CBS ' Sixty Minutes ', a program about the insider trading of stock futures , and the supposed legalities of having the benefits of knowing things the rest of us don't , thereby allowing congressmen and senators to silently build up the levels ,in monetary terms , of their personal portfolio's . Ahh, there we go again , "Insider " benefits ......... And to say nothing of the strategic maneuvering in the back rooms by lobbyist's for every corporate entity from here to China and the revolving doors that allow the wide open deals between working for the man no matter where he is , say you lose the next election , as a congressman , Okay "too bad so sad ! Oh , what to do now ?" ........ Oh I know , I'll go to work for lets say .....Myself ! I'm a lobbyist now !, walking between the halls of congress to the halls of lets say "the highest bidder ". And guess what ? I can earn ever more money now " I'm filthy rich " ..........And all of it legally acquired ..........
So anyway ! I don't know what we'll do now , but I thought I would write my congressman a poem , a short one , but no less meaningful than the longest ever written!
Ahh yes ....I've seen the latest news
and cant help but get the blues
I've done all I can and can do no more
and watched all my taxes rise as ne'er before
I've voted ...I've vetted ...I've even sung the anthem
I've looked for work in Boston,Buffalo and Grantham
I'll await an act of congress ,let them play their role
Just before I string one up.....a congressman on a pole
I can't take this anymore
.........let lose the dogs of war
Of course , this is written in jest , for now at least ........but I often wonder , How great is the distance between people chanting in the streets , uniformed jack booted troops, tear gassing protesters , pushing and pounding with cattle prods and nightsticks ....slashing their way through with such a conformity called "following orders "..........And the eventual and the total breakdown of order in such a " orderly" society , as America ? .........And all I can come up with is this ........It has happened in probably every country in history ! Will ours be next ?
Will America go , once again , into the cycles of disorder in society , or even into all out civil war ? Or do we catch ourselves at the last step , on the last train , at the end of the pier before falling into the turning seas of history ?