Most people don’t read any of these “open letters” that abound on the Internet. Still, prompted by current events, I am compelled to write this one if only for my own satisfaction.
Congress, are you happy with the way Americans perceive you these days? You know, as privileged, contrary and greedy do-nothings. Truth hurts, doesn’t it?
As someone born in 1950, I have observed your change over the decades. The titles of Senator and Congressman went from revered to laughing stocks. Laughing stocks? Again, the truth hurts.
What have you done to make life better in the United States during the past few decades? Lots of infighting, partisan squabbles and even multiple government shut downs. And how about caring for our veterans? If there were a grade lower than an “F” you would have soundly earned it.
You continue to prove yourselves more and more worthless as time passes. You have done such a bad job of running the country that now we face the prospect of a total buffoon, a suspected criminal or someone who’s just a pubic hair away from being a full-fledged Communist becoming our next President. People are so fed up with your inert status quo that they desperately want someone outside your ineffective paradigms. Granted one of the three top contenders is a political insider, set apart only by her gender.
Okay, you understand that the problem is your total incompetence. Now what can you do about it? Sadly, nothing. You are all so in bed with special interests that if you changed you would lose most of your income. If I thought we had a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning, I’d suggest another revolution. As you have control of the world’s greatest military, it would be the shortest revolution in history.
We could try to vote you out, but then you’d just be replaced by someone who plays the same game. I hate to think that our great republic is on the right side of the bell-shaped curve, but that appears to be the reality. You win and America loses.
We have a small chance for redemption. A fish stinks or thrives from the head down. If another candidate for President emerges, perhaps from one of the conventions, there is a glimmer of hope. A strong leader who is a truly good person could be just the thing to inspire greatness from our do-nothing Congress. It’s a long shot but it’s the only solution that comes to mind.
But in this world of bribes, graft, corruption and just plain evil for evil’s sake, is there anyone worthwhile who is brave enough to take up the challenge? For all our sakes, I hope so. God bless America!
© 2016 Steve Bryant