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Right or Wrong, Right or Left, etc.
Right-wing politics -euphemistically called 'conservative- does not easily support change, especially so-called 'progressive' change.
That is largely the case with the current threat of shutting down government unless 'ObamaCare' is repealed.
Wishful thinking at best by those more interested in silly political posturing!
I hope Congress does the 'right' thing, and they probably will, eventually.
However this exercise turns out, it is an example of putting selfish interest above the common good, at least in my view.
A representative democracy is generally accepted as a proven way -if not the best way- to insure that the will of the people is reflected in law and policy.
But, this is not guaranteed; it depends upon those elected doing their best to the benefit of not only their 'constituents', but the entire population.
Unfortunately, not every elected representative has received this memo, much less honored it both in spirit and deed.
That is not a new problem and is likely to be unresolved unless we make known our expectations of those we chose to represent us.
Freedom is not free, especially unrestricted freedom. Certain constraints are necessary in the name of fairness, equality and civility.
But, they weren't perfect in defining which people are to be included; which is why our Constitution has always been subject to change by adjustment to include non-property owners, blacks and people of color, women as well as those with diverse beliefs, religions and lifestyles.
Are today's elected representatives much different?
Yes, and no.
While our current Congress is more diverse, there remains a large contingent who are very wealthy and many others who seek to become so in currying favor from the hordes of lobbyists and 'special interests' who crowd Washington, DC. In such an environment, the temptation must be strong to represent selfish interests above all others.
But, that has become increasingly problematic with the ideological stances being taken lately by those who seem to value their own election/reelection goals above those of the good of the entire population.
Is this happening?
Will it likely happen without continuous effort?
How will this effort be generated?
If our current government does actually reflect its current citizenry, what does that say about us?
Are we so occupied with distractions that we allow our representatives to act as they are, then play the blame game when things don't go to suit us?
Doesn't it seem that the rich and powerful have much more clout than they deserve in our government?
As Pogo said, 'the enemy is us.'
That includes providing the US Government the adequate means to maintain its essential services, despite any ideological obstacles that arise.