Sunday, July 26, 2015

Drain the Swamp. End the Washington Cartel.

Today, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Orrin Hatch(R-ish UT) took to the Senate floor to chastise a fellow Senator for exposing the Senate Majority Leader's duplicitous ways. You see, in Washington DC, exposing the cartel that is the US government is strictly forbidden. What many in the parts of the country that actually produce and sell things see is a government for the government, by the government and of the government(with a few large corporate lobbyists thrown in for good measure). The people spoke during the election of last year that they wanted Congress to go in a different direction. All that Republican control has done is go along with most of Lord Obama's agenda. The Regime has been able to do most anything they wanted with very little push back from a Congress led by the opposition party. I suggest that a Congress that does nothing is most favorable compared to a Congress that does poorly by the voters that sent them to the cesspool that is Capitol Hill.

Senator Ted Cruz(R-TX), on Friday, July 25th, 2015 made a momentous speech from the floor of the Senate. He called out the Republican leader of the world's "most deliberative body" and laid out what the Senator said and then what the Senior Senator from Kentucky did. Senate Majority Leader(term used loosely) Mitch McConnell is just as big a problem in the effort to establish constitutional government as any of the Democrats are. Sen. McConnell has shown himself to be just as vindictive as his predecessor, Dingy Harry Reid(Commie NV). Sen. McConnell has shown no tolerance for conservative thought and his treatment of several freshmen representatives that voted with the will of their district is abhorrent. I can't do Senator Cruz's speech justice so I've included the link here. This is the best use of 20 minutes that anyone who is even just a little bit concerned about how our government is running can spend.

I don't care about the people calling for decorum in the Senate. I find the weak and mostly absent leadership provided by the Majority Leader and his counterpart, House Speaker John Boehner(R-ish OH), to be sorely lacking in intestinal fortitude and moral courage. These men have seen fit to make their time in government about them. They have forsaken their duty to the people that voted for them. Most Congress critters are only concerned with how they keep the lobbyists that direct campaign funds to their coffers, happy. The only thought they have to doing what is right is shortly before an election so they can go back to their districts(I hesitate to call them home districts, since many make their home in the Beltway) and say look at what I did. Most know that the idiot voters that are just concerned with pork barrel spending and welfare checks will keep voting for them just so long as they keep bringing home the bacon. This has to stop. The time for a Constitutional Amendment that mandates Congressional term limits is now.

Since most of our Congressional Representatives and Senators are in no hurry to vote themselves out of a job, it is up to the states to suggest such a remedy through the only vehicle we have left to reign in the federal government. An Article 5 Convention of States is our only legal recourse left. Opponents say that we should just elect better people. We have tried and once the beltway juju is applied, most elected officials that were thought to be of strong mind and body collapse like a cheap tent in a windstorm. Here is a list of the most senior(read mostly rotten to the core) Senators and Representatives:
RankSenatorSeniority dateFirst tie-breakerSecond tie-breakerCommittee and leadership positions
1Patrick Leahy (D-VT)January 3, 1975Ranking Member: Judiciary
2Orrin Hatch (R-UT)January 3, 1977President pro tempore
Chair: Finance
3Thad Cochran (R-MS)December 27, 1978[n 1]Chair: Appropriations
4Chuck Grassley (R-IA)January 3, 1981Chair: Judiciary
5Mitch McConnell (R-KY)January 3, 1985Majority Leader
6Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)January 3, 1987Former Representative (10 years)Ranking Member: Appropriations
7Richard Shelby (R[n 2]-AL)Former Representative (8 years)Chair: Banking
8John McCain (R-AZ)Former Representative (4 years)Arizona 29th in population (1980)Chair: Armed Services
9Harry Reid (D-NV)Nevada 43rd in population (1980)Minority Leader
Democratic Caucus Chair
10Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)November 4, 1992Ranking Member: Intelligence
11Barbara Boxer[n 3] (D-CA)January 3, 1993Former RepresentativeRanking Member: Environment
Vice Chair: Ethics

1John ConyersDMI-13January 3, 1965Dean of the House
Ranking Member: Judiciary
2Charles RangelDNY-13January 3, 1971
3Don YoungRAKMarch 6, 1973
4James SensenbrennerRWI-05January 3, 1979
5Hal RogersRKY-05January 3, 1981Chair: Appropriations
6Christopher SmithRNJ-04
7Steny HoyerDMD-05May 19, 1981Minority Whip
8Marcy KapturDOH-09January 3, 1983
9Sander LevinDMI-09Ranking Member: Ways and Means
10Joe BartonRTX-06January 3, 1985
11Pete ViscloskyDIN-01
12Peter DeFazioDOR-04January 3, 1987Ranking Member: Transportation and Infrastructure
13John LewisDGA-05
14Louise SlaughterDNY-25Ranking Member: Rules
15Lamar SmithRTX-21Chair: Science, Space and Technology
16Fred UptonRMI-06Chair: Energy and Commerce
What these two charts show is the need for new blood in the body that is supposed to protect the US Constitution and work within its limits to govern these several states. They have failed. 4 Senators and 11 Representatives have been in office for over THIRTY YEARS!!!!!!!!!! Sorry for shouting, but this can no longer be allowed. Members of Congress should receive no pension. A small severance could be paid to help them while they reintegrate into private life. There should also be a 10 year ban on lobbying for all members who leave office. The swamp needs to be drained.

Senator Ted Cruz is correct. The Washington DC Cartel needs to be broken up. This will not happen with out a great deal of pain but sometimes what is needed most hurts. Think of this as physical therapy for a broken country.

Listen to more of what Senator Cruz said below:

Sen. Cruz with Mark Levin

Sen. Cruz with Rush Limbaugh on the EIB network

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