I don’t know how many readers ever look at the quotes I rotate through the header of RJsCorner. I try to change them weekly but sometimes that task falls in the proverbial crack. In the current header is a quote from Thomas Jefferson about staying too long that seems especially relative to the folks in Washington DC.
Too many in our national congress have overstayed their time there, especially in the leadership roles. I truly believe that the GOP leader in the senate is one of the basic problems with that institution’s gridlock. What will it take short of death to cause a shift in leadership?
Yes, I do believe that wisdom comes with age but there needs to be a time when even the wise turn it over to someone more youthful. Someone who agewise more closely represents their electorate. After spending decades in congress it is inevitable that scars are formed from the battles that take place in those houses. I think most who initially go there have noble but probably naive purposes. They want to do right and make things better for their constituents.
Speaking of Mr. McConnell in particular he seems to be the most scarred. He has spent so much time in the last seven years trying his best, or maybe I should say worst, trying to defeat anything the first black president might have accomplished. The epitome of that was to destroy the American Care Act. I’m sure this last defeat in that area will not be the final time he tries to take away healthcare to millions of us primarily due to his spite for the previous Oval Office Holder and the party he belonged to.
I’m sure the GOP thinks the same thing about Mrs. Pelosi as I do about Mr. McConnell. She has stayed too long and has too many scars herself. To a degree I agree with them. I’m not saying that “fresh blood” is the total answer to gridlock. Ted Cruz and those like him are as toxic as anyone there.
I guess it takes a big ego to even think about being in politics today. Of course that is especially true of the current person sitting in the Oval Office.