Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Dysfunction of Congress

Is it possible that Congress could be more dysfunctional?  

It is clear that Republicans, for the most part, will have nothing to do with President Obama.  They dislike him personally.  They say it's not about race, but race keeps coming up from Republican supporters.  Crazy, mean, vicious stuff.  

The Democrats seem clueless.  They appear afraid to confront Republican idiocy.  They keep trying to work with them even though the Republicans obviously are not interested.  

Meanwhile, nothing substantial gets done in Washington.  The country goes without leaders.  Important legislation is abandoned.  Division grows everywhere.  Blame is shifted from one party to the next.  Even as we continue with two wearisome wars, an oil spill that threatens human and animal life, and an economy that remains so anemic it barely functions except for the ultra rich and connected.

Lao Tzu, the sixth century B.C. philosopher, wrote, "In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present."

We need to make this required daily reading for all in the Congress, the White House, state and local governments, and even in the media.

Whatever ideas or philosophy or values they're all following, are clearly not working.   

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