As you are no doubt aware, our congress is completely disoriented. Each side is more preoccupied with being perceived as right than doing what is right. The adversarial posture is apparently thoroughly entertaining to those who continue to financially support the reelection campaigns of their contender.
This posture, however, has rendered congress dysfunctional; so much so that countless people, many in congress, are completely ignorant of the constitutional function of congress. Consequently congress has loosed two pernicious entities which are more antithetical to democracy than communism: (1) a clueless generation of voters and (2) a judiciary that has rejected the precepts and constraints prescribed in the United States Constitution.
This congress is a far cry from the drafters of the Constitution, who said,
“It is obviously impracticable in the Federal Government of these States to secure all rights of independent sovereignty to each, and yet provide for the interest and safety of all. Individuals entering into society must give up a share of liberty to preserve the rest. The magnitude of the sacrifice must depend as well on situation and circumstance, as on the object to be obtained. It is at all times difficult to draw with precision the line between those rights which must be surrendered, and those which may be preserved; and, on the present occasion, this difficulty was increased by a difference among the several States as to their situation, extent, habits, and particular interests.
In all our deliberations on this subject, we kept steadily in our view that which appears to us the greatest interest of every true American, the consolidation of our Union, in which is involved our prosperity, felicity, safety–perhaps our national existence.” (http://constitutionus.com/#transmit)
These men understood that individual ideologies were subordinate to the best interests of the collective. They considered ideas on the merit without regard for the ideological implications.
Our congress is oblivious to the fact that neither party has ever enjoyed sustained public approval appreciably greater than the other; when it is dysfunctional, both sides get low approval. No one, except major campaign contributors, cares who wins the battles over ideology; we want a congress that is productive; that puts in an honest day’s work everyday, like the rest of us.
Santa, if you can fix this congress, great. If not, please leave some 2014 candidates, as learned and wise as the original drafters of the constitution, under the tree.
P.S. Please do not leave any who say their primary objective is to reduce the size of government; that is broad, ambiguous and untenable. Instead leave those with ideas to increase the efficiency of government; increased efficiency will result in smaller government.