"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


NOTE:
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 ?

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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi there Ed..ahorseback...I believe we ARE on the brink of major change and, possibly, harsher enforcement in order to avoid chaos...one way or the other..you've written what most of us think, suspect, believe, fear....and, intrinsically...KNOW about our representatives (this IS a representative form of government...at least; that's what we're led to believe). Tell you what! Your description of all the perks and the attitudes, deceit, manipulation, superiority complexes and disgusting retirement packages...and the pursuits of these "leaders" once 'we the people' have ousted them...to become lobbyists..well...you've said it and I second it!!! UP Useful Interesting, Awesome for the fact that you have put the truth on paper and...EDUCATIONAL! Take heed, one and all. Love it.


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

Let the pen be mightier than the sword, I say. That is what you have achieved now - a few strokes of your pen and you're there.

So strike some more and keep going - your words hit home and strike a blow for the free mind.


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gmwilliams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Great hub by far!


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Lucky Cats , thank you so much , Why? Do so many of us agree it seems ? and yet we seem unable to control or change it !....How are the kitties?.....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

CHSpublish , Yes ! Lets hope we can keep it that way! And thank you !.....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

GMWilliams , thank you for sharing my friend!......:-}


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Major change? I concur! Something is afoot and there isn't any turning back...thanks for sharing.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Denise , thank you for being here to share with !......:-}


Hubertsvoice 5 years ago

Great article, but backroom deals with all this transparency? Say it ain't so!?


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hubert, I believe it happens every day, And the deals we don't see are the worse ! Time for term limits....?...:-}


Hubertsvoice 5 years ago

I don't feel term limits are necessary. All terms can be limited through the voting and impeachment processes. I do believe that newly elected senators and representatives should not enter office worshipping the older members. We elect them to do a job that they have vowed that they were capable of doing. Do it. I also believe that the so called leadership should not be allowed to deny or block a vote of other elected members on any issue of the peoples' business just because he or she did not get their way. Just like in the White House, there should be no tyrants or dictators ruling in our Congressional houses.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hi Hubert ,Im afraid that our government is too out of control, senate , congress , lobbyists = All corporate controlled , Term limits are a must too save what is left of voters control ,"of the people, by the people ",has become the a joke! I have some crazy ideas about the changes needed. Senate and perhaps even congress ,should be run like a jury system , everyday Americans should be serving .Not career political robots. How much worse could real people do ?!You are right ,fillibusters should be outlawed! So should lobbyists!.....Is it too late now my friend?.....:-}


Hubertsvoice 5 years ago

It is only too late when people give up. You don't sound like you have given up. I haven't given up. As far as the the senate jury system, is it any crazier than what is going on now? At least you are still trying to come up with an idea to help, and so are many others. I still don't think term limits are the answer. There is a system of checks and balances that should be used to control the control freaks in both houses.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hubert , I think that the inexperience of constantly changing these seats to new people couldn't be worse than the inactivity of many long term politicians. We must tweek something , thats for sure.


Hubertsvoice 5 years ago

Something definitely needs tweeking for sure.

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