“There is no distinctively native American criminal class except Congress.” – Mark Twain
To be fair, not all politicians in Congress are criminals, however, I cannot find it within myself to defend the innocence of a single one of them that is there now. I will, however, stand to defend the first one who finds the courage to poke his fingers in the eyes of his charlatan contemporaries, especially the members of his party, who are systematically destroying our country. If that person stands up, he or she will be the unique one who has managed to keep hold of his soul.
Do you know how to identify these Politician-Americans – Mr. Twain’s distinctively American criminal class? That man or woman who is more dedicated to the prosperity of the Politician than they are to serving the American? Their focus is status and political power and doing whatever it takes to hold on to both. To that end, they will plant their lips on any posterior, grease any palm, craft tall tales of their accomplishments, claim credit for all that is good and lay blame for all that is wrong. In their noses, imagine large brass rings connected to leather straps. Straps held on to by the special interests that provide them their campaign cash and the special favors that add to their personal comfort and wealth. Out of their mouths come words crafted by focus groups and political pollsters. To the extent that they own even a fraction of their souls, these poor devils must suffer constant internal conflict. Conflicted because they promise what the pollsters tell them they must, all the while knowing that they have to deliver the goods to those who exert Faustian control with sharp tugs on the strap that is attached to their nose rings. It does not matter if the goods delivered to their political masters are opposite of the promises made to hapless and gullible American voters. To them, the means justify the end and the end is retaining their status and political power. American voters buy the promises. The special interests buy the politicians. This is the pitiful and corrupt state of politics in America.
The Politician-American begins every conversation telling you that most Americans agree with or most Americans want the snake oil he is trying to sell. He promises to deliver his badly needed snake oil only if he gets cooperation from his reluctant colleagues across the aisle. This is what the pollsters have told him he should say. He has no more mind of his own. That went along with the soul he sold to the people who control the tension on his nose ring strap. He cannot tell you the truth because his truth is whatever he must say or do to keep his political office. He will decry the politics of old and the failed policies of the past offering hope that he will change both. What he hopes for, however, is that Americans will not awaken to the reality that the politics he practices are the politics of old that produced the failed policies of the past. Both are ageless attributes of the world’s true oldest profession. He will always promise good paying jobs for all Americans as long as we go along with his snake oil formula. The alternative formula for America, he will tell you, is just too bad to even contemplate therefore; we must act now before it is too late for us to come back from the edge of the precipice on which we are precariously perched. Only his way can stave off the next great catastrophe and there is always a looming catastrophe.
The problem for them is that Americans, to use one of the snappy political buzz phrases of the time, are finally connecting the dots, between special interest groups, corrupt politicians and failures in our economy, energy security and national defense. They have, however, delivered on one promise. There is bipartisanship in Washington. Political corruption has no difficulty traversing the aisle.
Now, as the lights are switched on for Americans, the flurry of Congress people who suddenly need to spend more time with their families is like a herd of cockroaches heading for the exits. Ironic as it may be, these Corrupticans and Corrupticrats have done a great favor for our country. They have opened the eyes and hearts of Americans and energized the citizenry into what is shaping up as a ballot box revolution so overwhelming that even the organized voter fraud will not be able to counter it.
Every American owes it to every other American to take a wire brush to the Congressional candidates in their own home districts, hopefuls and incumbents alike. We must send to Washington, Americans who are able to put service before self. We must replace the Politician-Americans with American-Americans.