Detached and Delusional

Today’s Repman is by Peppercomm president Ted Birkhahn.

statue-of-liberty-ashamedOur brethren in Washington are at it again. Having shut down the federal government in a fight over Obamacare, Congress is solidifying its role as an irrelevant, out-of-touch body that adds little to no value to our everyday lives. In the real world, where shit gets done or people get fired, many of us marvel at the ridiculousness of the rhetoric and lack of real progress made in our nation’s capital. But, for some incredulous reason, nothing ever changes. The private sector keeps toiling away while the public sector keeps getting in the way.

Our founding fathers would be ashamed of our current political system. Partisan politics aside, we are an embarrassment at home and abroad. We are a country founded on oppressions; born out of the desire to lead independently and be treated as equals. Yet, today, the Beltway is a lesson in failed leadership and their actions (or lack thereof) is ruining our image and reputation as a nation of innovators and a land of progress.

What can we do? How can we stem the tide of uselessness in Washington? Here are a few suggestions:

1.) Get rid of the two-party system. Blow it up. Move to a platform where all votes count equally and try to move as close to a meritocracy as possible.

2.) Make lying for all elected officials a federal crime. If you distort the truth— ahem, lie— then you’re out. One strike, that’s it. Speak the truth or else.

3.) Get rid of news organizations whose sole purpose is to be a mouthpiece for one of the major political parties. And, yes, I’m talking about both parties. It’s all about the ratings for the mainstream media, which prevents most productive discourse from taking place.

4.) Make public sector jobs so lucrative that the best and brightest talent in the country— and even the world— want to work in US politics. Right now, it attracts the lowest common denominator and we pay for it in spades.

5.) Make sure the demographics of our elected officials accurately represent the demographics of the electorate. Congress should mirror the background and cultures of the citizen population and it doesn’t right now.

I realize some of these ideas are, well, completely unrealistic. But, perhaps, some of them are not as crazy as the lunacy that we currently deal with and generally accept from our elected officials. We should demand change. Our reputation and future depend on it.  Any other suggestion besides moving to Canada?

5 thoughts on “Detached and Delusional

  1. The more ways that big government finds to redistribute wealth, the more I think of the book “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand.
    A must-read (less than half the size of the ACA), it clearly shows what can happen when private industry says “we’ve had enough” and goes on strike.
    I cannot remember a time when we were more divided as a nation over multiple issues.
    In the 60’s we took our anger to the streets.
    Today, our frustration is directed at each other instead of to the powers that be.

  2. Without getting into a partisan politics discussion, I agree with Dandy that the system is broken overall. The other thing that shouldn’t be overlooked is that the media are a big part of the problem. Without the 24/7 coverage, would the politicians be as eager and interested to act the way they do?

  3. Matt, the problem is not this most recent mess: the shutdown. The problem is that our system is broken. And that is the fault of both parties.

  4. My only problem with the “pox on both their houses” thinking is that in this instance there is only one side – the GOP – that is being intransigent. It’s nothing more that an effort to de-fund Obamacare. Whether you are a fan of the Affordable Care Act or not., there is no reason why it should be coupled with the budget process. Moreover, it was one of the President’s major accomplishments when he ran for a second term – and he won convincingly. The Republicans are fighting a war that they already lost. The media has an unfortunate tendency to create false equivalencies (“It’s everyone’s fault!”). In this case it’s the fault of one party only. I wish they would just tell it as it is, but then they might be accused of “librul bias” or some other nonsense.