Congress has been enjoying a two vacation in their districts. And by ‘enjoying’ I mean, subjecting themselves to what can be the most difficult part of their jobs; answering to their constituents by way of Town Hall meetings.
Here’s a visual:
And this one, too:
(both via Crooks and Liars)
I’m torn between smirking from the hilarity of watching the likes of Paul Ryan sneak through small town Wisconsin and disgusted by the behavior of adults. I understand anger with politicians and I’m pretty sure most people have honestly thought of hurling something at the television during the Sunday morning talk show circuit. But there’s a fine line between the first amendment and the joys of democracy and being a total shit head who should be arrested.
It might be tired and a cliche but very true that if you aren’t angry then you aren’t paying attention. I think we’ve gone well past angry to livid especially in the face of unemployment and a giant ‘fuck you’ from the GOP to seniors and the poor by way of erasing Medicare and Medicaid. I nod when I see the passion in the voice of these people attempting to get their most likely well-off and employed member of Congress to understand their plight. We also live in a time where this hysteria and displeasure towards our elected officials can lead to the worst possible situation. A terrifying scenario that was once a ‘yeah right’ is now a distinct possibility.
So, in a time where uncertainty prevails and passions run high, how do we go about traversing the tenets of democracy without falling off the deep end? I’m not asking because I have a response but because I really want to know how we got to this point and how we get back.