I am not a student of Congress, but it doesn’t take a very bright bulb to realize that it is broken. The question is why, and, although I don’t believe that there is one end all, be all answer, I do believe a preponderance of the problem lies with term limits, or the lack thereof. I don’t think the founding fathers saw political office as a career, nor did they envision compiling fortunes purely through pontificating. But unfortunately, that seems to be the way it turned out.
Every election cycle we have an opportunity to make a change and in some cases, we follow though on our threats. But more often than not, we tend to tolerate another term by returning the same politicians that we hate the rest of the year to their respective seats, and thus, the cycle begins anew.
I read an interesting narrative the other day that at least in part, sheds some light on the problem and offers an interesting perspective. Although it is not directed at government, I sensed several similarities. See if you agree.
First, you place four monkeys in a cage and hang a banana on a string, and then place a ladder under the banana.
When a monkey attempts to climb the ladder and get the banana, you spray ALL the monkeys with cold water. Soon, another monkey will attempt to get the banana at which time you again spray ALL the monkeys with the cold water.
Now, put away the water and replace one of the monkeys with a new monkey. Soon, the new monkey will attempt to reach the banana, only to be restrained from doing so by the other three. Soon, he too will stop trying.
Remove another of the original monkeys and replace them with another new monkey. When he tries for the banana, he too is quickly attacked by the other monkeys, including the previous newcomer because he has learned this is how to get along. Continue replacing the third and fourth original monkeys. Each time you do, the newest monkey will attempt to reach the banana and each time he will be attacked.
At this point, none of the monkeys knows why they cannot climb the ladder, nor do they have any idea why they are attacking any monkey that tries. Since all the monkeys have been replaced, none of them was ever sprayed with cold water, however none will try to climb the ladder.
Why you ask? Because, in their minds, this is the way it has always been. And that, dear readers, is how today’s House and Senate currently operates. So what’s the solution?? It would appear that all the monkeys need to be replaced AT THE SAME TIME!! Just sayin!!