According to Speaker of the House John Boehner, “We got some of the smartest people in the country who serve here, and some of the dumbest. We got some of the best people you’d ever meet, and some of the raunchiest. We’ve got ’em all,” he said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
Yup that about sums it up. And his statement describes a microcosm of America as well I would think. With the awful news out of the Panjway district of Kandahar province, and the 1 year anniversary of the Japan quake one would surmise that that stating the obvious from Boehner wouldn’t be all that important. It isn’t but it does give us an insight into why things get stalled in Congress and why it’s overall approval is in the tank. Power in any form is intoxicating and like a drug, one wants more and more. Perhaps one would think the heavy responsibility of being elected would trump (sorry for the pun) personal gain. Not so. Once in power, it is hard to give it up. Governing is a sacred trust and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Humility should be the motivating force, not ego. The way things are going in Washington and on the campaign trail, there is a great need for “cleansing” of the temple of government. The money for access approach is not working for the common good. As today’s reading from the Book of John states:
“He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves,
as well as the money changers seated there.
He made a whip out of cords
and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen,
and spilled the coins of the money changers
and overturned their tables,
and to those who sold doves he said,
“Take these out of here,
and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”(John 2)
There will be a day of reckoning and this “under God” country of ours will go through another changing of the guard. The movement toward brotherhood and inclusion will continue.
and so it goes…