Getting The Pigs Out Of The Water
Time To Say Bye Bye?
Maybe you can tell by the headline where this Hub is going or maybe you can't. There is an old West (By God) Virginia hill billy saying that goes like this, "You can't get the water to clear up until you get the pigs out of the water." You see pigs love to wallow in water, and the longer they continue to wallow the more it looks like a cesspool.
The problem sometimes with getting the pigs out of the water is that they often outweigh you. But remember this as I write along, you are the one that allowed them to be there in the first place and your apathy in the process of getting them out of the water and cleaning up the cesspool may allow them to stay there because as you are to see, they will not leave voluntarily in most cases. Once in that cesspool they think they know best.
There was much outrage when Nancy Pelosi once again got caught with her hand in the government cookie jar. But the pigs have a tendency to protect their own so nothing will probably be done. Obama made it a point to call out insider trading in Congress and asked that a bill be sent to his desk to outlaw that practice in Congress. However, the Senate is pushing it a bit further and desires to have it outlawed in the Executive Branch also. It seems that has upset Obama and he doesn't think it is right to do that. He has yet to explain adequately why what is good for the goose is not good for the gander. There is a pattern there if one looks closely.
The proposed legislation is called the STOCK Act which is a worthy piece of legislation. There were two amendments attached to that act that were voted down by the pigs in charge of the sty. The first I will cover today and the second tomorrow. Same pigs just a different day. The first was really a non-binding sense of the Senate that there needs to be drafted a Constitutional Amendment to have term limits enacted stating how long members of Congress can serve as "public servants." The amendment was introduced by Senator Jim DeMint from South Carolina who I happen to have the greatest respect for. Well, I reckon you can already guess what happened to that amendment. It was rejected by a vote of 24-75. The link below allows you to check just how your Senators voted on an amendment to help clean out the cesspool that the pigs created with your assistance.
How They Voted To Drain The Swamp
- Senate Conservatives Fund — Term Limits
The vote was on whether Congress would adopt a Constitutional Amendment limiting the number of terms for Members of Congress. The conservative vote was
So lets examine briefly the arguments about term limits. I've written about this subject before just not on the Hub and the debate is usually lively. First, there is the argument that that is "what elections are for." Senator Dick Durbin pushed that line during the debate on the amendment. He used the Constitution as the vehicle to support his theory that the voters make that decision. That's all well and good but he left out part of the story. The Constitution was "amended" once already to ensure that an executive branch dynasty will not occur by placing term limits on the time a a person can serve as our President. Again I forward the goose and gander argument to those who just opposed term limits on Congress.
A lot of the pigs in the pond won't leave unless they are forced to leave. Why? Politics in this nation has become about "power" and power is an aphrodisiac. The "power" isn't about service to the public, it is about egos and party politics. Lets look at the power of money. That's the force that drives their train. Power also begats corruption and we continually are seeing that in our Congress and the punishment is usually a slap on the wrist and a warning not to get caught again. The forces of special interest groups which fatten up those campaign reelection war chests give the incumbent an advantage against a common man who decides to oppose the power.
Here's what Senator DeMint had to say about the corruption and bribery seen on Capitol Hill, "All of the cases of corruption and bribery that I've seen, unfortunately, come from more senior members. No offense to any senior members, please. But this is one of many reasons why we should have term limits in Congress." I've always said, based upon just observation, that the longer you allow those fannies to warm those seat cushions the more corrupt they are likely to become. It's about power and the maintenance of that image that they are the rulers of the people. They lose sight of the fact that they were sent there to serve "We, the People.." and not "They, Themselves..." and some political ideology. If you give someone the opportunity too often then temptation sets in and we see what we see.
DeMint looked at the amount of time that the Senators who voted on the proposed amendment had served and it speaks for itself. The Senators who voted against putting it before the people have an average tenure of 13.6 years. The Senators who voted putting it before the people have an average of 6.4 years, just over one term for a sitting Senator.
The term limits amendment went down by a vote of 24-75. All the Democrats in the Senate opposed putting this issue before "We, the People..." and they were joined by 23 Republicans.
We have very few, if any, statesmen that go to Congress to serve the people. It evolves into serving themselves and some political party apparatus without regarding the people who sent them there. I've written my own representatives and gotten back one of those "thank you for writing but I know what is best for you better than you do" letters in return.
Politics, as we know it, has become the cesspool that will be the death of our country as we know it. Any time term limits is mentioned in our Congress you can hear the crickets chirping in the chambers. The issue belongs before the people, not the self-serving political pick pockets who call themselves career politicians. Regardless of Dick Durbin's line of thinking, the founding fathers who wrote the US Constitution never envisioned that a person would want to make a livelihood out of sitting in Washington DC for decades on end. Term limits were placed on the Chief Executive by the vote of the people. It is now well past time that the people themselves decide whether term limits need to be applied to the members of Congress.
One should never let the pig itself decide whether it's time to leave so the water will clear up. They'd rather just lie there in the filth.
The Frog Prince