"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys" - P.J. O'Rourke, Parliament of Whores
So, let me get this straight: According to the prez our nation (and the rest of the world for that matter) is facing an economic meltdown of cosmic proportions because of rules he and his friends made (or, rather, unmade as the case may be when it comes to regulation of the financial markets), and which the members of his party signed off on during his first six years in office.
OK, just wanted to make sure we understand the situation.
After a long day in business suits giving 15 minute speeches on the floor of the House and talking about the weekend's college and NFL games in the cloak room, the plan to use $700 billion of our money collapsed like...well, like the Dow on Monday.
After this exhausting failure of a five-hour work day, where the most strenuous thing most of them did was slide a card into a slot and hit the "No" button, Congress today is getting right back to work ...
Wait a minute? What's that you say? They're taking today off? Oh, it's Rosh Hashanah. Well that makes sense. Everyone deserves a day off now and then.
Are you kidding me?
I repeat: ARE YOU REALLY FUCKING KIDDING ME?
I didn't get today off. Pretty much everyone I know is at work, including my Jewish brother-in-law and the Muslim woman I work with, although she is leaving at noon to spend Eid with her family (an interesting coincidence of dates with Rosh Hashanah which I would expound on more if I wasn't so pissed at Congress). I wish her, and all my Muslim and Jewish brothers and sisters, a very happy and hopefully peaceful new year.
Getting back to the object(s) of my disgust and derision.
You're seriously telling me that while one of the cornerstones of America teeters on the edge those thieving jackasses in Congress who allegedly represent us are taking a day off?
That's it. I'm done with them. Every last worthless one of them.
Congress is broken beyond repair and, when something is that screwed up, the only thing to do is throw it away and start anew. If they can't show us the respect we deserve as Americans, then they deserve none from us. Vote 'em all out I say. Every last one of those miserable, lying sons of bitches has got to go.
Not only should we vote them all out, I think it's about time for us to rewrite the rules they work by. A couple of tweaks and some editing of Article I should do the trick.
The Founders never intended the Constitution to remain static, that's why they gave us the power to amend it when necessary. The only way for the Constitution to survive is to evolve and change with the times. The only problem with amending the Constitution is the process starts in one of two ways. The first way, unfortunately involves those same ... I'm running out of nasty names for them, oh, wait, here's one ... bottom feeding scum suckers in Congress (my apologies to catfish everywhere). The second, which you can be sure those in power will oppose, begins with the individual states calling for a constitutional convention.
The best way to do this, I think, is the second through an Article V constitutional convention. It's a lot easier to scare the shit out of local legislators than to do it to the idiots on the Hill.
It's not going to happen soon but, as I read in a fortune cookie once, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." So I say let's all step up and work for real change, not the crap they're peddling on TV these days, throw the bastards out and start fixing this country.