Congress and particularly the Republican far right, corporations, K Street, state legislators, the Supreme Court and an apathetic citizenry have succeeded. They, working in concerted effort, under the corporate owned monopolistic media, have destroyed the middle class and our democracy.
The Republicans by failing to control their party’s far right has refused to participate in the governing process having dedicated themselves to making sure that government cannot work through obstructionism. They just say “No!” without presenting any real alternatives. They did not hesitate to shut down the government. In fact they were delighted to not only do that, but also to put our international credit rating at risk.
K Street simply continues to endanger our country by their relentless buying of our elected officials. At least they are honest in their motives. Certainly though they must share some responsibility for influencing congress in much the same way that a person who offers a bribe is as guilty as the person who accepts it.
Our state legislators through gerrymandering have rigged the representation process so that they cannot be challenged in an election. They constantly act in opposition to the will of the people and in favor of special interests who will line their pockets either now or after they leave office. The people have supported in huge percentages increasing the minimum wage to a living wage. The people, includig the members of the NRA have supported reasonable gun safety issues like background checks. The majority support equal pay for women and yet legislatures refuse to address the issue.
The Supreme Court through recent rulings such as Citizens United and Hobby Lobby have given corporations the same rights as people without any of the responsibilities. They have given states with a proven track record the freedom to disenfranchise voters. They have said that racism is dead. I guess the news from Florida and Missouri doesn’t reach their ivory towers.
Our citizizens are happy to get their information from bumper stickers and the entertainment media like CNN.
People get the government they deserve. Unfortunately, all of us must suffer because of the apathy of the majority.