Just typing in a tag for politics made me want to throw up, a testimony of how distasteful I find the subject and why I rarely write about it but today, as I viewed some political stuff on Facebook, I was reminded at how clueless some folks are about how our government works and how we tend to lay blame for many things on the head of a sitting POTUS as if they are personally responsible for shit that didn’t go as expected.
And I wonder if no one remembers or understands that nothing can happen inn this country without Congress signing off on it… or rejecting it. A president can issue Executive Orders that cannot be rescinded except by a president… but, for example, the clusterfuck that is Obamacare didn’t become one because of what the president out before Congress; it’s the changes they made that took something that should have been “easy” to enact and turned it into a, well, clusterfuck.
The current crop of presidential candidates, well, I just don’t know what to say about them except to suggest that if Donald Trump is “the best” the Republican Party can do, yeah, we just might be in trouble. Bernie and Hillary are doing battle on the Democratic side, mud is being slung and all that and it’s questionable at best at which one of them can do the better job if elected.
But I do want to remind folks that our “common enemy” isn’t a POTUS; it’s Congress and their apparent inability to do things in the best interests of the people they represent and not their own selfish, politically motivated agendas. I wanted to remind you that no matter who wins, whoever has the majority in Congress will determine what presidential things get done… or relegated to the trash heap. And if some dumb shit gets passed that you don’t like, do not forget who passed it… and it wasn’t POTUS; our system of checks and balances was designed to not make any sitting president be a king or queen and it does work – even if they like to play “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” a bit too much. Still, compromise, more often than not, is called for; it’s just that when its reached, sometimes that’s not the best thing for America or Americans.
You wanna blame someone for the somewhat sorry state of things? Look no further than Capitol Hill. The candidates will be promising the moon and stars and talk about all the stuff they’re gonna do… but only if Congress lets them; thus, political reform begins not at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – it begins with those people who make up the Senate and the House of Representatives and the need for term limits in those august bodies.
Finally, there is this: If you don’t vote, you don’t matter; it is better to vote – and “guess wrong” than to sit back and bitch, moan, and complain about the state of things and you literally didn’t lift a finger to try and make a difference. Yes, the system itself needs to be overhauled and be as foolproof and secure as possible to prevent fraud, something those idiots in Congress should be addressing, by the way. But voting is our right and whether we win or lose, we should always exercise our right to vote.
Political rant done; see ya again in four years…