The Government We Deserve

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
I have heard a lot of complaining on the blogosphere recently concerning the state of our government.

Obviously Rep. Cunningham resigning because he took bribes is disgraceful, but these kinds of lapses have always plagued government, ours less than most.

Democrats so far are ahead in the politician as crook competition, but the Republicans may catch them yet. The Clintons are a hard act to follow in terms of corruption and funny business. Talk about a culture of corruption...but that is a whole nother post in and of itself.

I am referring to the incessant complaining of pundits in cyber space and elsewhere that we are not getting the government we deserve.

If only they would cut taxes, increase taxes, increase educational spending, get rid of the Education Department, increase spending for scientific research and development, not use public money to fund research that should be left to the private sector, build a wall on the southern border, maintain our tradition of encouraging immigration and assimilation, not use a litmus a test to pick judges, make sure the next justice overturns Roe V Wade, kill the terrorists, run away from the terrorists, and above all fight back with ferocity when attacked.

I am sick of the people who are sick of government. It seems to me that are extremely self-serving and add little to pubic discourse but rancor.

For as long as I can remember there has been a packing of yipping dogs at the heels of the President, whoever he may be, and while they love to hold the President accountable, they seem to be blithely unaware of the fact that the only power they have is the power to complain loudly and make everyone else tune out.

I am not talking about the opposition party, I am talking about the tiresome opinion makers who have an opinion about everything from immigration to Iraq and who, only occasionaly, have the slightest idea what they are talking about [and yes, that goes for me too]. They just kvetch and leave the heavy lifting to someone else.

So now it is the time to jump on the Republicans. Fine. I voted for Bush, but I am an Independent. So far the overall analysis seems to be: if you are on the left, the Republicans are too far right and if you are on the right, the Republicans are too far left. Either way the majority party is either a big disappointment or the End Times.

I have never yet seen a conservative send back their Social Security check or refuse Medicare and I have never as of yet seen a leftie that would give up a cushy job to someone less fortunate than themselves.

So maybe we are the problem. Maybe we ask the impossible. We wanted campaign finance reform and ended up with McCain-Feingold. Maybe we should realize that the ones we really need to look out for are the dreaded Reformers.


Eric Blair said...

Heh. I think we're getting exactly the government we deserve.

But your point about carping is well taken.

We all have the freedom to run for office.

Maggie said...

What we need are term limits...get them out before they can be corrupted.

Eric Blair said...

Good point.

MeaninglessHotAir said...


I agree. We have term limits on Presidents and that seems to work well. In fact, I've always thought that it's one of the huge advantages of our system of government that the leaders are always being switched. Other countries stick with the same leader, like Khaddafi, for example, and eventually the same leader runs out of ideas and becomes rather useless, if not openly corrupt.

Since term limits work for Presidents, why not apply them to Senators and Representatives?

terrye said...


Because of the money it takes to run.