There’s no greater horror for legislators than doing their jobs. At least we agree on something. The notion of them working also repulses the public, as a busy legislature is one usually finding a way to infringe on rights for the purported benefit of those they laughably claim to represent. Please stop helping us.
They should get busy just this once. As a numerical matter, this mob could gang up on its foe at the other end of the street. But all 535 of them would rather be stuffed into lockers.
It should be easy to bully a president, especially one so universally loathed for his unique commitment to rudeness. Congress could absolutely keep the executive pouting on the sideline, which should be the whole fun of the job. Yet they meekly defer to his whims in the exact sort of deference he’d never show. He doesn’t get irony, either.
Countering his wishes should be beyond easy. The clown collective doesn’t even have to invent a reason. Maybe that change of pace frightens them. They hope nobody discovers the rulebook. Congressional powers are all written down, which may surprise people ostensibly elected to defend the document.
Even the media cycle’s in their favor. It’s easier to focus on one guy, which says wonderful things about our attention spans. Pardon me while I search for a video of a dog whose behavior resembles humans, as long as it’s under seven seconds.
Congress could simultaneously stand up for itself and the nation. Instead, its as if the biggest branch enjoys being shoved around. It’s like they didn’t learn anything from Back to the Future. The collective can only be pushed around if it allows the bullying, which suggests they’re as masochistic as we expected.
Party adherents are big fans of dictators as long as the goons display the proper labels. The urge to dominate is all about benevolence. Barack Obama was cool as he turned America into a collective, which made his despotism inspirational. But cuss about similar goals, and that particularly bossy party is suddenly cool with checks and balances. As with everything else Democrats believe, it’s only true in theory.
Oh, look: there’s a way to stop this pouting ghoul everyone says is on a rampage. Command economy enthusiasts claim they are suddenly not into letting one person determine everything since Donald Trump is Rude Hitler. Only certain people are allowed to tell us how to live by fiat.
Because of the other elected branch’s inveterate fear of going on the record, Trump will use the Space Force to wage a trade war that everyone will lose. Everyone’s opposed to patronizing tariffs. Conservatives note government protecting us from what to buy helps in the same way that pushing grandmas in front of buses saves brake pad wear.
Meanwhile, Democrats embrace open commerce because Trump doesn’t, which is a silly yet effective way to get them to believe in something useful. The only other common interest is a refusal to stop a president who’s being as impractical as he is autocratic.
Who wants to be a firefighter? It should be a fun job, what with saving the day and getting to chop stuff. The current chance at heroism is something that you’d think attracts job applicants. The techniques exist to extinguish a blaze rumored to be consuming the Constitution. But those who volunteered for the brigade let the conflagration continue. They claim work rules prohibit them from turning on hoses.
All it would take is nerve to stop the flames, so forget it. Legislators can’t make sure they get first approval, as they would then be accountable. That’d be a horrid example for us.
None of the courageous stalwarts want their names attached to anything, even if it’s one of hundreds. John Hancock would box their ears. The notion of actually doing something is as frightening to them as people getting to spend their own paychecks. It’s bad enough they allowed taxes to lower as if money doesn’t belong to the collective. Now, they’re supposed to go along with or stop an executive’s ambitions? That doesn’t sound like our system.
If nothing else, Congress provides a bad example from which to learn. Their inherent cravenness offers a reminder that government embodies everything America doesn’t. Personal responsibility is antithetical to centralized power, as seen by how those who embrace the latter duck the former.
The legislature doesn’t want to legislate, as that would mean doing something. Work is the only thing they avoid more than liability. If stopping a coarse wannabe tyrant won’t inspire them to sweat through a shift, nothing will.