One of the biggest issues I have with American politics today isn’t the fact that, as some might argue, the Democrats and the Republicans refuse to compromise with each other, but rather that there really aren’t two distinct parties anymore. All indications from tactics, demeanor, approach, and even conduct make it appallingly clear that there is only one political party in this country–The Political Class’s Status Quo Party–and they are willing to do anything to keep their status quo just as it is. When we look a little closer at the do-nothing Congress we’ve been dealing with since 2012, and even 2010, it becomes increasingly clear that the entire notion of these supposed “arguments” between the parties and their inability to compromise is rooted dividing the nation of voters and keeping deadlocked politicians in office. By feeding the constituents what they want to hear, blaming the “others”, and making mountains of molehills we have a permanent class of do-nothings poised to get re-elected on rhetoric and mudslinging.
While the idea of silver-tongued campaign promises is hardly anything new, in the past it seems that politicians had a better track record of getting work done. Today, it seems that every thought is Tweetable, every photo-op is shareable, but every opportunity to get to the work of legislating and running the country is ignored. Americans are not so jaded as to think that there aren’t dirty dealings going on in the Capital on a daily basis just to get a gavel to order. But this Congress has failed to meet the expectation of the American people to such a degree that they have the lowest approval rating in the history of the Gallup Poll at 7%.
7% of those polled think that Congress is doing a good job.
Clearly, the American people realize that these men and women are not, on the whole, working for the American people that they voted for. Instead, they are participating in grandstanding, yet more finger pointing, and taking to social media every other moment to have hashtags cat fights like High School girls and Kardashians. We’ve come to the point where becoming a politician is a career choice that comes with all the trappings of keeping your job. Unfortunately, as many over regulating working class professionals know, the more time you spend defending your job the less time you can spend actually doing it. In the age of the 140 character tweet, the sound bite, and the photo op our political class isn’t really doing anything other than maintaining its own position as the status quo and the status quo isn’t doing very much in representing the people. They are too busy representing themselves to represent us.