Wednesday, April 22, 2009

After The Party

After The Party
Kevin Bryant

As the dust begins to settle from all the tea parties held across the nation, one wonders if they actually did what they were meant to do.

Congress has for far too long ignored the people they were sent to Washington to represent. Perhaps we can trace the blind eyes and the deaf ears of congress back to the 94 election when for the first time, republicans controlled both houses. The House of Representatives tried for the next couple of years to live up to its “Contract with America” and do what was right for the people and the nation. The senate played along for a bit, but when it became apparent that Bill Clinton would be elected to a second term, the senate more so than the house began to coddle favors from the President in exchange for voting with him on certain domestic agendas.

When George W. Bush was elected in 2000 by such a narrow margin, many then and still now believe that the election was stolen. Those in congress and the media that supported Al (snore) Gore took every opportunity available to mock, smear or make a sham of his presidency regardless if his actions were right or wrong. To the detriment of America, the republican controlled congress repaid all those snide comments and public Bush bashings by doing whatever they wanted or could get by with. Instead of putting America first, congress established new heights (or lows depending on how you look at it) in partisan politics and with the elections of 2008 it’s still growing at an even more rapid pace.

The past 8 years has been nothing but chaos in congress at the expense of “We the People of the United States”. The tea parties were a display of just how tired we are as a nation of the massive ineptitude of congress to act appropriately and in our best interest.

The media got the tea parties all wrong. Some of the comments were: organized Obama bashing, republicans whining because they lost an election, protest held by racist because a half black man was elected President, Fox News supported anti-government protest to pretty much everything you can think of besides the truth. Truth be told and I think it was apparent to anyone who paid attention, it was a coming together of republicans, democrats, libertarians, conservatives, moderates, blacks, whites, hispanics and people from every walk of life to tell congress and the President that “We the People” have had enough. The President and the Congress work for us.

Will they get the message? Probably not. They are so self absorbed into their own world that they feel they do not need to acknowledge the very people whose lives they are making worse each and every passing day. Sure, they will put on smiley faces and tell the public that they got the message loud and clear, and right there is where I am certain it will end. The message will not be heard until the next election and those currently in power try to figure out just why they were voted out of office.

One can only hope that they understood the true meaning of them and got the message.

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