Re: This Congress could be least productive since 1947
As with the other well-wishers that have welcomed you here, I do as well. It’s always nice to read posts by people who realize that disagreeing is not a crime. By the way, I’m the JW that Bellicose referred to in his welcome reply. I don’t know why he did it, but I’m taking it as a compliment.
Originally Posted by Beau Stockard
People all over this blue cosmic rock CLAIM all sorts of rights—both absolute and relative. But the fact is that claiming a right doesn’t net squat; if it did, most of the world would be well on the road to achieving self-fulfillment and happiness. But, they’re not.
I believe that the adage to which you refer more properly stated over the years reads, “The only rights we have are those we’re ABLE to defend.” I don’t know its original author, but I’ve always taken some literary liberty by modifying it to read, “The only rights we have are the ones we’re both WILLING and ABLE to defend;” one absent the other renders both useless.
I’ve been on this planet for 73-years. I became eligible to vote in 1961 and I have not missed an election cycle since: national or local, including school board elections.
Until about 25-years ago, I could always take comfort in the fact that no matter how diligently the loonies on both sides of the political aisle tried to screw things up, the aggregate of shirtsleeve Americans was always able to force the politicians into reasonable compromise by demanding that cerebral logic dominate the status-quo rather than surrender to visceral gut-feel as the dominating force behind our national agenda.
While the chambers of the U. S. Congress have never been blessed with a liberal sprinkling of individual omniscience, in the aggregate, they’ve always been able to come through with good solid working compromise for the good of the country.
This seems to have changed radically over the past 4-years in particular. This crowd—both sides of the aisle, both chambers—has demonstrated beyond a doubt that the decisions of deliberative bodies do not correlate to the average intellectual IQ of that body; they correlate to the average emotional IQ of that body.
And, to this extent, a random selection of 453 kindergarten children chose from across this nation would have resulted in a higher average emotional IQ than our body CONGRESS has demonstrated over the past 4-years.
And, of course, we’ve inherited the added whammy of a news media that now must bow to the god of ratings for survival. And, to this end always ends up catering to the lowest common denominator.
Even if the pessimists are right, in the end, the optimists will have had a much more enjoyable trip through life.