Dr. Richard Carmona echos a popular theme. "we need both sides to start acting more responsibly." The polarization in government has become cliche.
I for one am disappointed that the good Dr. doesn't drill down a little bit further into the cause of this disparity. Does he think he can resist the forces that have stolen the souls of almost all the other politicians? Those forces would be the money that drives the elections and buys policy. Does he think he can achieve and retain an office without spending the bulk of his time fundraising? And cowing down to special interests, which are of course, mostly corporate interests? Fully 79% of all voters and even 68% of Republicans (Hart Research Assoc 2011) favor a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling of the Supreme Court that gave corporations the rights of a human being. It literally turned government "By the People" on its head and instituted government "by the corporations."
How is this related to dysfunction in Congress? Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said "We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both." In the words of President James Madison, "The day will come when our Republic will be an impossibility because wealth will be concentrated in the hands of a few. When that day comes, we must rely on the wisdom of the best elements in the country to readjust the laws of the nation." Abraham Lincoln said it like this. "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era or corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war." In a letter to William Elkin less than five months before he was assassinated.
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