We like to imagine ourselves as the United States of America, but as the bonds that once held us together are dissolving, we are rapidly becoming the Corrupt States of America. Pride, greed, envy…. our people are becoming inured to every imaginable sin.
You may say I exaggerate. Perhaps, but please explain. On Thursday I saw this article in The Washington Times.
Nearly a dozen Republican freshmen urged party colleagues to avoid tactics that risk another federal shutdown, while a leading Democrat said Wednesday his party will not “burn down the House” in pursuit of a stopgap spending deal, as congressional factions jockeyed to avoid political blowback and meet next week’s deadline to fund the government.
A “Dear colleague” letter warns fellow Republicans of the pitfalls that accompany a tea party bid to reject any spending plan that doesn’t defund Planned Parenthood in the wake of videos showing its officials, among other things, haggling over prices for harvested fetal organs.
While not invoking Planned Parenthood by name, the freshmen say they don’t want an “unnecessary and harmful” repeat of the 16-day shutdown that followed a 2013 bid to defund Obamacare. (continued here)
Then I found this news in the paper today.
A bid by Republican Senate leaders to strip funding from Planned Parenthood failed Thursday when eight Republicans joined Democrats to filibuster the move, dooming conservatives’ hopes of forcing a shutdown showdown with President Obama over the fate of the abortion provider.
Supporters mustered 47 votes for their bill — well shy of the 60 needed to overcome the filibuster — and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, quickly pulled the Planned Parenthood fight from the floor and proposed a “clean” bill to fund basic government operations into the next fiscal year without any ideological strings attached. (continued here)
“Without any ideological strings attached.” What a sickening way of putting it. Can you imagine our great and glorious Republican leaders voting their beliefs — at least what they say they believe.
How did funding for Planned Parenthood get into the bill in the first place? The answer is that too many of the people WE ELECT just don’t care. When they talk about doing it for the children, what they really mean is doing it to them. Children don’t vote, and they don’t donate money to political campaigns. That’s why government programs that supposedly exist for children always end up putting the lion’s share of money into the hands of the unscrupulous.
And we know this. We like to blame the politicians for being corrupt, but Satan tempts every human soul. Satan seeks after every human soul, not just the souls of politicians. As our leaders know well, even the poorest and least powerful among us can be tempted. In fact, it costs relatively little to find something that might tempt someone who has little.
Therefore, when those who would lead us run for Congress, they seek to bribe us. They call their bribes Social Security, Medicare, a free education, food stamps, and so forth. And with each dollar they spend on “social programs,” or, bribes, they must either take money from someone who worked for it, or they must borrow money and increase the debt load on future generations. Future generations — young people and children, even those yet to be born.
What happens when we elect people who have offered us a bribe? Others bribe them. Some of those who bribe our leaders are our fellow citizens, the rich. Some are foreign nationals, perhaps even foreign governments. Thus, the policies of our government go on sale to the highest bidder and become weird, even self-destructive.
Consider that Congress controls the budget, but the leaders of the Republican Party pretend to shiver in terror at the mere thought of a government shutdown. If President Obama wants something, like this funding for Planned Parenthood (Aborting babies and selling their parts has now become a prime function of government,), he just threatens a temper tantrum, and Congress meekly gives in.
Why is that? Why would Congress render itself useless? What happens during a government shutdown? Does the problem have to do with the special interests the GOP represents? Do these special interests stop getting fed at the federal trough during a government shutdown? Is that why the GOP ignores its core constituencies? Those constituencies have nowhere else to go, but the special interests (the donors) could just as easily hand money to Democrats.
One last thought. A little assault on conventional wisdom. We make much of the so-called loyalty of elected Democrats to their core constituencies, but such loyalty doesn’t exist. Democrat voters just want their government handouts. With what belongs to others they are easily bought. Democrat special interests just want their place at the government trough. With what belongs to others they too are easily bought. Democrat politicians just want to spend other people’s money; that is what we elected them to do. Sadly, it has become clear that many Republican politicians just want to spend other people’s money too.