Who's to Blame? Politicians or We the People?

How many of the Reps and Senators in Washington, DC, do you think can claim to live up to this wise injunction?

James Madison

“If we resort for a criterion to the different principles on which different forms of government are established, we may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior.”
James Madison, Federalist No. 39  (H/t PatriotPost)
But then, we really have no one to blame but ourselves. We elected them…and keep reëlecting them —

Corrupt Congressman Charles Rangel

No matter how badly they behave, e.g.,

And no matter how long they’ve served. The late Demonrat Sen. Robert Byrd has the distinction disgrace of having served been the longest in Congress — 57 years! Below is a list of 14 currently serving reps and senators with the longest tenure in Congress, 10 of whom are Demonrats:

  1. Rep. John Dingell (D-Michigan), 55 years
  2. Rep., then Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), 51 years
  3. Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), 46 years
  4. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York), 40 years
  5. Rep. Bill Young (R-Florida), 40 years
  6. Rep., then Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), 38 years
  7. Rep. Pete Stark (D-California), 38 years
  8. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), 38 years
  9. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), 36 years
  10. Rep., then Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana), 36 years
  11. Rep., then Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), 36 years
  12. Rep., then Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), 36 years
  13. Rep. George Miller (D-California), 36 years
  14. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-California), 36 years

Poor James Madison. If he could see us now….

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9 years ago

We the People are to blame.
In a representative republic, people get the government they vote for, and thus get the government they deserve.

9 years ago

Term limits are the answer.