According to an article in a February issue of the National Journal, the United States Congress is more polarized now than ever before. The author, Josh Kraushaar, comes to this conclusion by closely analyzing legislative voting records. And the bad news is he thinks it's going to get worse before it gets better.
Well, I'm going to do something completely out of character. I'm going to defend the men and women of the United States Congress. They are victims, pure and simple.
As a people, we've become almost impossible to represent. We have way too many divergent interests. And our social and fiscal beliefs don't fall along nice, neat party lines. Throw in years of redistricting and it's easy to see why our legislators have a tough time agreeing on anything. We've set them up to fail.
It reminds me of a famous quote from Pogo, the comic strip character, where the philosophical possum says, "We have met the enemy and he is us."
This huge political divide is our fault, you and me. But don't worry, Pogo also puts things in perspective. He also said, "Don't take life so serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent."
That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emailed comments from viewers:
I can't believe you stand up for congress. With the US being broke, Congress is pledging a billion dollars here and a billion dollars there. If we have all these billions why don't we use it in the US? They say humanitarian aid, what about our homeless and hungry people? Why not help farmers? I have watched your segment alot and usually agree, BUT I think you are so far off the mark that it is ridiculous. Your point about being hard to represent is valid. I agree if congress is going to represent us we need to learn to agree ourselves. We need to get out of our own way. Thank you .
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