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Posted by on Nov 19, 2011 in Politics, Society | 2 comments

Searching for Something Human in Washington

Another Congressional “Perils of Pauline” episode unreels with the Supercommittee jalopy dangling over the edge of a cliff as members try to freeze the frame beyond next week’s deadline while ideologues left and right gabble about bad Grand Bargains, sequesters and the like. From the cheap seats in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney accuses Democrats of a “Faustian bargain.”

Meanwhile, Sarah Palin throws both sides under her bus, appealing to ends of the political spectrum, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, to oppose Congress’ “corruption and cronyism.” From the safety of presidential sidelines, she rails:

“Politicians derive power from the authority of their office and their access to our tax dollars, and they use that power to enrich and shield themselves.”

Her screed appears in the Wall Street Journal, one of the Rupert Murdoch media from which she is drawing non-tax dollars to “enrich and shield” herself beyond any member of Congress’ wildest dreams.

The rational mind reels at this cockpit of self-interest, self-justification and hypocrisy in the name of patriotism and searches for signs of human life in the debris.

What emerges is the image of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her astronaut husband Mike Kelly appearing on TV this week to talk about their lives and her ongoing recovery from being shot in the head last January, a story of love and courage.

Yet, even here, there is no escape from Washington meanness. Kelly writes in their book about the couple’s disappointment that three months later, when Giffords was in rehabilitation in Houston, John Boehner came down for the NCAA basketball finals.


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  • RP

    “Searching for Something Human in Washington”.

    This title makes it sound as if it is difficult to find something human in Washington.

    Just look around and you will see something human all around. The negative human! What you will not see is the characteristics that years ago were considered desirable. You see the characteristics of those raised in the “me” generation or raised children to consider “me” number 1. You will not see those characteristics where “you” and “your” rights, freedoms and happiness drives actions. If they were, you would see democrats and republicans working together to solve the problems we face, not the individual actions that promote the politician’s individual well being.

  • DaGoat

    Glad somebody mentioned the Palin column. I thought it was notable that Palin actually had something intelligent to say, and I agreed with her. It’s too bad the focus has to be on Palin’s hypocrisy instead of the content of her words, but I guess she’s made her own bed. Taylor Marsh had a pretty good take on this in her blog that I was hoping would show up here.

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