Operation: Clean House - Vote Out the Senate and House Representative Incumbents
It’s no secret that America’s current Congress and House of Representatives have been arguably the most impotent, incapable group of representatives in our country's history. Congress and the House are so mired by political nonsense of their own making that they’ve become completely ineffective as a governing body. Look no further than the "fiscal cliff" fiasco of 2013 or the more recent government shutdown of 2014 for glaring examples of this, or the fact that the 112th congress tried to repeal Obama's Health Care Act a staggering 33 times. If at first you don't succeed, try 32 more times, apparently.
This November we the people have an opportunity, or more accurately an obligation I would say, to affect real change. The only real way we can actually change anything is to change the players in the game. To remove everyone from office. I hereby recommend Operation:Clean House - Vote Out the Incumbents. You want to send a message to let our current representatives know how unhappy you are with their performance? This is the way to do it.
There are currently house representatives that have been in the House for 40+ years. John Dingell, Michigan’s 12th congressional district representative, has served an uninterrupted 58 years! That means he’s been elected 15 times in a row! The top five longest serving representatives have been there 39 years or longer. That's nearly 10 presidential terms.
> John Dingell – 58 years
> John Conyers – 49 years
> Charles B. Rangel (pictured above) – 43 years
> Don Young – 41 years
> George Miller – 39 years
John Dingell alone has been there since 1955. He first joined when Eisenhower was president, and has been there ever since. Clearly these guys are too rich, too complacent, and too far removed from a normal American life to effectively represent the people of their districts. It's these incumbents who are elected to return every term who keep the practices going that renders this whole branch of government ineffective.
Though the Congressional approval rating hovered around 15%, the lowest rating in nearly 40 years, 90 percent of house representatives and 91% of senators who sought re-election won. Why is that? It seems that most voters approve of their own representatives, and feel the problem is the "others". If we continue to vote the same people in time and again, do we really have any right to complain? Is it not our duty as Americans to elect officials to effectively govern? We really have no one to blame but ourselves. And it's clear nobody is going to fix this if we don't.
If all incumbents are voted out, there will be no senior members there to perpetuate these ineffective patterns of behavior. Right now, as it stands, newly voted in representatives get pulled into the fold by senior members who want to ensure they'll "play ball" the way it's always been played. At this point the two parties have become so polarized that they can't even work together to find common ground, which is a basic tenant of governing. There is now such an engrained refusal to work with the other side of the aisle that they've completely rendered themselves ineffective. They've elevated ideals above governing and have been just plain childish in their behavior.
So, is anyone up for making some history? Show the world what democracy is really all about? Show government officials who's really in charge? It would actually be an easy thing to do and it would mean each of our votes can have the maximum impact to effect real change. We just simply change the players in the game. I'm sure new players will eventually begin to fall into the same behavior patterns, but it'll take some time. Those currently in the pockets of influential players would be removed from the equation. Maybe in the meantime this new batch of representatives might accidentally get something done. Plus there'd be the added incentive of knowing they could be voted out just as easily as they were voted in.
We are the bosses determining who the right employees are for the job. This lot has proven that they are not the right group. In any other job, if you or I had performed this poorly in our jobs, we would be fired. And rightly so. It is only right for these incumbents to be fired for failing to do their job. Not rewarded by getting voted in yet again.