Lackluster Loons

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Editor:

Why does it seem like the majority of the lawmakers in our state and the ones we send to Washington, D.C. to represent us are so dysfunctional, uncompromising and egocentric? Do their apparent traits truly represent the voters that elect them? Very few of the hundreds of “private citizens” that I know have the personality disorders that too many of our lawmakers seem to exhibit.

Are we electing people unlike ourselves or do these “ordinary” candidates that are voted into office morph into self-centered-I’ll-do-anything-to-get-re-elected-office-holders once the final ballots are counted?

I’m disappointed, dismayed and disgusted with the entire lot of our state and federally elected officials. My disdain for the entire group can only be assuaged by voting against every incumbent in subsequent elections.

Richard K. Meszar

Comments

Rex Hinshaw 6 months, 2 weeks ago

The answer is simple,Mr. Meszar. You are liberal and they are conservative.

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Ronald Hamric 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Mr. Meszar, Might I offer this reality in answer to your question, specifically"....do these “ordinary” candidates that are voted into office morph into self-centered-I’ll-do-anything-to-get-re-elected-office-holders once the final ballots are counted?" If you recall in 1994 a group of GOP members went to Washington with the Contract with America that was authored by Newt Gingrich and Dick Armey. Along with those two were about 22 newly elected Congress critters. In the intervening 4 years after that election, most of those newly elected representatives had been duly absorbed into the Congressional Good Old Boy's Club and immediately began running for re-election. Those that did not, served one term and then left, fully understanding that a few right minded representatives of the "people" have little to no chance of ever changing the "system" established and developed over decades by those Congress Critters that actually insulate/protect career politicians from those that would come to Washington to "make a difference".

The scenario works like this. During their "indoctrination" of the House and Senate "Rules" they are pretty much told that they come on board with the current leadership and their positions, or they will be confined to some closet in the Rayburn Building with minimal staff and few if any "perks". They will not be allowed to offer any legislation or sit on any committees of importance. That is their fate if they even give any hint that they are going to "make a difference" or attempt to fix what is wrong.

The "system" is stacked in favor of the political elite and against "the people". That system simply cannot be changed or altered to any significant degree via the ballot box. We exercise our right to vote as good citizens are admonished to do, but as anyone with more than a third grade education can adequately discern, it only gets worse and the separation between the "representatives" and the "represented" grows even more. I don't offer a viable solution, but it is important to at least recognize the reality of the situation.

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