Mock the Vote

“They say statesmen are politicians who’ve been dead for 20 years. I’d like it if we try to be statesmen right now” – President Jed Bartlett.

Actually Aaron Sorkin wrote it, but it sounded cooler when Martin Sheen‘s voice brought it to life. The quote occured to me during the Presidential wrestlemania, er, second debate. It was riveting tv to be sure, but it was lousy politics and worse discussion. The repeated grousing about time was unbecoming both gentlemen. If you look to that for substance or to make your mind up, it wasn’t to be had.

They obviously aren’t fond of one another. I wasn’t crazy about the Governor interrupting the President or scolding.

It’s a crappy example to set, but so is the foolishness over making hay about the “Binders” comment. Nothing furthers the discussion. Much as been made about the Benghazi discussion where the Governor was factchecked live and proven incorrect. While I admire the President’s buck stops here speech that followed, folks are still getting hung up on things that don’t matter. None of the recent nitpicking on when and what to label it matters and nobody should be making their minds up out of the generalities that made up the bulk of the theater of the absurd.

If you have your guy now, that’s cool. I just wish the candidates would realize that and tell us specifics.  Don’t let media manufactured dreck rule the day.

Talk to us like adults, maybe, we’ll even act the part.

For a moment


Last one on Capital Hill, please kill the lights.

“Congress….please get your collective head out of your collective behind. You could have passed a budget last year, and should have, but elected not to. Now you are shaming us yet again. Please, for crying out loud, do your freaking jobs and stop worrying about who gets the blame when hard choices have to be made.”

When you think about it, this is what we need. This was the most profound thing I’ve seen written or spoken about the likely federal government shutdown.It’s ridiculous that the level of theatrics has gotten to this point. This could have been done some time ago, easily by both sides.

They are all at fault. For the republicans to act like deficit hawks all the sudden after funding Tarp and the Iraq war seems a little dishonest. For the Democrats to act as martyrs doesn’t ring true either as they could have worked a little to have this done when they had the keys to the whole building.

So, they are both at fault. These crybabies are arguing about funding things like Planned Parenthood? Is that the biggest crisis we have? People are going lose jobs, benefits, etc over federal funding of pap smears? National parks will have to close, depriving the government of income that it NEEDS. Families of folks doing important work have to reconsider what life holds, while these guys are still collecting their paychecks for accomplishing nothing.

Nobody is actually watching out for the people and I mean nobody. For all the bloviating, obfuscating, and general bullshitting, nobody is proactively paying attention to the actual “people’s business.”

So, instead of locking them in a room, or anything else, let’s hit them where they really hurt. No microphones for anybody. If military families do without, congress does without airtime. Debate, discuss, amongst yourselves. No running to your favorite media outlet. Wait, let me revise that. Cover it, national media, but without soundbytes. I understand Boehner, Kantor, McConnell wouldn’t drink water if the President offered it to them. I understand Weiner, Reid, et al hate everything the other guys stand for.

They all need to actually work as they are all at fault, instead of jockeying for facetime on national broadcasts. Nobody has anything new to say anyway, so let’s not give them a microphone until they do.