When it comes to politics, we all have knee-jerks — times when we react without thinking because someone has hit a particular spot in our psyche (or knee).
And then we have blanket statements: “All democrats are spendthrifts,” “Republicans only care about rich people,” “all Tea-Partiers are rascists.” My great uncle was the king of blanket statements. He had a million sayings, but when it came to politics, his favorite was, “Throw the bums out!”
Maybe Unk had something there. Everyone in Washington is so entrenched in their beliefs, unwilling to listen to anyone else’s opinion, unwilling to compromise, that nothing is getting done. Yesterday we got the decision from the Supreme Court on Obamacare, and everyone is so shocked that Justice Roberts sided with the democrats. If he had sided with the republicans, everyone would have said it was politically motivated. He didn’t follow the party line, so he must have just lost his damn mind.
Or maybe he voted his conscious. Maybe he called it like he saw it — a tax by any other name would still be a tax. He didn’t agree completely with the democrats, though. He limited the power of the Congress to use the commerce clause. He said Congress was allowed to tax, and he left it up to us to throw the bums out if we don’t like the tax. He voted on what he thought was right, without trying to follow a party line.
Wouldn’t that be lovely, if people in Washington did things because they thought it was the best thing for the country?
How did we get to this point where party — both parties — has become more important than country? Where the need to make the other party look bad, unable to accomplish anything, is more important than getting things done for the country. And they both do it. The party that wants power is obstructionist, but the party in power is just as obstructionist. “If only the republicans would let us to whatever we want, everything would be okay.” “Everything the democrats want to do is wrong.” You can’t get everything you want in politics. You compromise — give a little, get a little.
We’re supposed to have balance in government. The republicans and democrats, given free rein, can both go too far. That’s why they need to work together to run this damn country. The “ruling party” shouldn’t make all of the decisions. That’s why I usually get nervous when the presidency, the House, and the Senate are all run by one party. But anymore, if you have divided government, they just don’t get anything done. They don’t work together at all, either party. They’re equally guilty.
And there’s so much that needs to get done. Immigration is a perfect example. Why are people still walking across our southern border? Why are drug dealers still driving right across the river? Why is Texas buying boats to try to stop them when it’s a federal border? Shouldn’t the federal government be protecting that border? But we’re not talking about that. We’re talking about the kids who were brought here against their will. Yes, that’s important. I don’t want kids being forced to go “home” to a country they have no memory of. But why can’t we do both?
Why can’t the government do more than one thing at a time?
I can’t run my house like this. I have to get stuff done, every day, or I lose my house.
Maybe that’s what needs to happen. Maybe we need to let both parties know that if they don’t start getting stuff done — putting country before party — they are going to lose their “houses.” If they can’t quit fussing and get the job done, we’re going to kick them all out, both parties, and find someone who can.
As Unk always said, “Throw the bums out!”