Quote Of The Day: The Fallibility Of Our Elected Representatives

Mark Twain:

Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

The thought enunciated by Mr. Twain in the 19th century is so prescient for today, given the latest episode of foolishness wrought by Senator Larry Craig.  Mr. Twain, the ultimate story-teller and satirist of his time would be proud of Gilmore, the author of the Pretty On The Outside blog who has given us:

The Metamorphosis Of Senator Craig

Whether Senator Craig is gay or not is of no concern to us at BFD in terms of his ability to perform his responsibilities as a member of congress, however, the idea that he may, in fact, be a liar and a hypocrite, should be of great concern to his constituency.  The fact that apparently quite a few of our elected representatives may be liars and hypocrites in their all consuming desire to obtain and retain political office is of great concern to us.

It seems that all too many of our politicians will say or do almost anything to attain elective office.  What ever they think the constituency of the moment expects, what ever the biggest lobbyists, with the biggest bucks expect, what ever the ” base” expects, rather than to speak of their true beliefs, rather than to do as their hearts and minds tell them, just for a paycheck.  Just for a paycheck, because that seems to be all that elective office seems to be these days, a means to a career and a paycheck, open to the highest bidder.  We don’t think this is what the Founders had in mind, back in the 18th century when they achieved our liberty and gave us our constitution.

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One Response to Quote Of The Day: The Fallibility Of Our Elected Representatives

  1. lynette says:

    a means to a career, yes, but the primary goal is the career after the one of congressional representative. the connections made while serving in congress lead these liars and cheats to post-congress jobs as lobbyists and participants in manipulative “think tanks.” we so desperately need reform in these areas.

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