Congressional Deception and Arrogance

After proposing her new plan, dubbed “The New Green Deal,” to combat climate change, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made some startling comments that seem to be the norm in the culture surrounding Washington, D.C. She stated, “Yup. If you don’t like the #GreenNewDeal, then come up with your own ambitious, on-scale proposal to address the global climate crisis. Until then, we’re in charge - and you’re just shouting from the cheap seats.” Without focusing on the merits of the unrealistic proposal set forth by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, it appears that there is a disconnect between the elites who hold positions of power and the American people. Suggesting that people who have a difference of opinion should not have a voice or are inferior to the omniscient wisdom of our leaders is not a principle we should embrace.

The arrogance of our elected leaders is appalling, but AOC is hardly the first politician to believe that her opinion is superior to anyone who opposes her. Politicians strive to keep power in any way possible, whether it is by offering utopian socialistic programs to benefit certain groups at the expense of others or taking corporate money with strings attached. Politicians do not care about the constituents that they supposedly serve, and most of them spend the majority of their time attempting to remain in power instead of doing their actual job, which is to research the issues and vote on them.

Back in 2010 in regards to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi uttered the words, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” No, you need to read the bill so you can have a discussion about it and vote on it. If you argue that bills are too long to read in a timely manner, the solution would be to cut back on the number of words and unrelated proposals in the bill. Congress people are derelict in their duties when they do not do the American people the favor of understanding every aspect of the measures that are in front of them.

Bills are far too complex, and this is how politicians and lobbyists sneak through policies without the cognizance of the American people. They also believe that the American people are ignorant and incompetent and require the benevolence of the policies created by the government. Take for instance Jonathan Grubber, the attributed architect of the ACA. He stated, “the stupidity of the American voter…was really, really critical for the thing to pass", when justifying a tax increase on young people through an individual mandate. Apparently, we need to manipulate the people’s thinking in order to do what is best for them.

Although Gruber is not a politician, he did write the bill that became the ACA, and the representatives in Congress who supported the bill used this mentality to their advantage. In the Mill City Press book, The Confessions of Congressman X, the author, a former congressman who chose to remain anonymous, reveals more of the mentality of our supposed upstanding leaders. Quotes from the book include:

“Fundraising is so time-consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on. My colleagues seldom know how the legislation will be implemented, or what it’ll cost.”

“The average man on the street actually thinks he influences how I vote. Unless it’s a hot-button issue, his thoughts are generally meaningless. I’ll politely listen, but I follow the money.”

“It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naïve, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification.”

These people claim that they are fighting for their constituents’ best interests, but in reality, they care only for themselves and staying in their positions. They often become career politicians and tangled up in corporate interests. Do we the people really want these disrespectful, arrogant, and manipulative individuals making our policies? Yet, we live our lives not caring much about politics and allow them to continue the status quo. Can we break from this mold and take back control?

Thank you for reading, and please check out my book, The Global Bully, or my website.
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Published on February 26, 2019 03:22
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