Treating Our Congressmen More Like They Deserve

Posted on August 26, 2010 11:03 am

In my new Pajamas Media column, I describe the problems in our representative government and my solution to better keep Congress in its place. How do you think we can best let Congress know how their rank in society?

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17 Responses to “Treating Our Congressmen More Like They Deserve”

  1. storm1911 says:

    Another good one. Public servants have forgotton they are servants. Time to remind them. It would help if the democrats didn’t fawn over them so much. “That’s a good Wrangle, you only peed on the carpart twice. Good boy. Go for walk?”

  2. MarkoMancuso says:

    But what do ambitious, capable people do in this country? They start their own businesses and lead successful lives comfortably away from the fickleness of the ballot box.

    Frank, I would like to borrow this line when I run for office.

  3. MoogieP says:

    Good column. I still like my idea of doing away with elections and holding a national lottery instead. The idea just needs a little tweaking.

    If the lottery won’t work, maybe we could implement a caste system and make them wear dots on their foreheads. People without dots would command respect; people with dots would be the objects of much finger-pointing and derision.

    Finger-pointing and deriding can be very soul-satisfying.

  4. Mullah Bob says:

    Good column. Dots are good but keep the current process with strict term limits. No more than 8 years of service. Also, every year a vote should be held to determine the worst 10% of the lot. This 10% should be tarred, feathered and run out of town on a split rail. A cuel idea but fair, yes cruel, but fair kind of like the Pirhanna Brothers.

  5. TerribleTroy says:

    Little tiny baby steps….I suggest we require them to wear clothing ala Nascar Jumpsuits at every “official function” with the Names of their largest campaign contributers on patches. The bigger the contribution the bigger the patch at least we’ll know who they are beholding to. (disclaimer) I cant remember where I first ran across this idea, but it wasn’t mine, but I do like it. I could have possibly obtained the the idea from this bastion of enlightened thinking.

  6. Burmashave says:

    So the system we have has basically set us up to be governed by ambitious, useless sociopaths who love to meddle in everything actual contributors to society are doing. So lawyers, for the most part.

    There’s a corollary here. Individual power in Congress is determined by how long a member has been there. The length of service is a function of how sociopathic a person is. Thus, the leaders of Congress are the most sociopthic of the sociopaths.

  7. ussjimmycarter says:

    remember the kid in school that always had his/her lips firmly planted on the teachers butt? then they signed up to do the year book and run for office and plan the prom and such? those are the same dick-heads that run for congress. the guys that we use to beat up and make fun of because they were ass kissers and really good for nothings…

  8. Burmashave says:

    @Mullah Bob: I’m in favor of term limits, too, but it’s worth considering that term limits will throw a lot of power to the civil service because they will become the keepers of all the (biased) “institutional knowledge.” Someone mentioned the BBC show “Yes Minister” the other day. The show is an education in the manipulation that happens when the civil service becomes the keepers of the keys.

  9. ussjimmycarter says:

    When I was in school the only thing I knew was that there was going to be Skullduggary and I was either going to start it or participate with great zest in it. I had no interest in building my resume! Cherry bombs and M80’s flushed down the toilet were always good for great fun as they did their thing to school plumbing! Fake throw-up for the girls, wedgies for the dweebs, getting various animals admitted into the school to roam the hallways… Ahh the good ol’ days…

  10. Carpenter says:

    We are on the verge of another RepublicOn revolution. (Hip Hip Hurray)
    And it will be similar to the electoral success in the 1994 U.S. midterm elections but without a rock solid conservative House Leader already present to take control. That means we will have to build one quick!

    Also, (if I remember this properly) Rush Limbaugh welcomed the NEW sophomore House members in 94. Newt Gingrich and his Slick Willy wrecking crew were happy to accept Field Marshal Limbaugh’s most excellent advice!

    But all of that has changed. There is no continuity on the Right anymore.

    You have kill em all Micheal Savage groups, and the Glen “pro-gay” Beck Fans, and the Tea Partiers, and the Bill O’Really crowd, and the RonPaul-onians, and the Palin-ites, and the AlexJones-iacks, and the Militarize the Border or else groups, and the GW Bush was great crowd, and the Bush was a Fascist Dictator who built FEMA Concentration Camps groups, and the deport all Mexicans now groups, and the BIG L Libertarians, and the little l libertarians, and the pro-gay pro-drugs pro-porno pro-anything goes libertarians, and the overly patriotic God is a Republican Right Wing Christians….

    and they all want different things as a necessary condition of their support. Any failure to give them exactly what they want is a unthinkable heresy. Gingrich had it easy compared to what this new Leader will be faced with. Personally I don’t think they will get a damned thing done.

  11. Veeshir says:

    I have to admit, the column is okay, but there is absolutely nothing about kneecaps.

    And if Reverend Book taught us anything, it’s that the Bible is sort of vague on kneecaps.

  12. Lechteron says:

    The problem is that any of this stuff would have to be passed by Congress. I think I thought of a way to get them to pass at least the first steps though. We put a law before Congress making it illegal to not hit a member of Congress in the nose with a rolled up newspaper whenever they’re in public. We’ll tell them that it’s a bill to help save newspapers. At first only people in DC will have to buy newspapers but eventually the Congressmen will flee DC and go back home. When they get home every one will buy newspapers and the Congressmen will have to listen to their constituents as they get beaten mercilessly like the dogs they are.

  13. Son of Bob says:

    Treating our congressmen more like they deserve? I picture over-sized cans of roach spray being involved.

  14. plentyobailouts says:

    But Frank, if we relegate politicians to jumpsuits, how will we make janitors and trash guys think they are not as inferior as politicians?

    @ carpenter: just to be clear, you are talking about the same solid conservative newt gingrich that sat on a couch with nasty pelousy and lectured about global warming right. The same solid conservative newt gingrich that thinks juan mccain is one of the sharpest senators ever right?

  15. Carpenter says:

    Yes plentyobailouts. And we all know that Newt has his faults. He wasn’t always that bad.

    My point was that the Right has never been so divided. There are literally dozens of different types of Rightists today. Neo-Cons, Paulbots, Birchers, Radical Right Wingers, Right Winged Christians, Rino’s, Reagan Conservatives, Tea Partarians, Anti-War Republicans, Anti-Bush Republicans, BigGov RepubilcOns, 50 different kinds of Libertarians….

    A decade ago there were only a few different kinds of Rightists with the Republicans being the largest group.

  16. shiggz says:

    How do you treat cancer? That is how I think we need to treat DC.

  17. 4of7 says:

    They’re all a bunch of dirty ‘Inner Ringers’!

    – The Inner Ring (Making good men do bad things),
    C.S. Lewis address to the University of London, 1944

    “The quest of the Inner Ring will break your hearts unless you break it. But if you break it, a surprising result will follow. If in your working hours you make the work your end, you will presently find yourself all unawares inside the only circle in your profession that really matters. You will be one of the sound craftsmen, and other sound craftsmen will know it. This group of craftsmen will by no means coincide with the Inner Ring or the Important People or the People in the Know. It will not shape that professional policy or work up that professional influence which fights for the profession as a whole against the public: nor will it lead to those periodic scandals and crises which the Inner Ring produces. But it will do those things which that profession exists to do and will in the long run be responsible for all the respect which that profession in fact enjoys and which the speeches and advertisements cannot maintain.

    And if in your spare time you consort simply with the people you like, you will again find that you have come unawares to a real inside: that you are indeed snug and safe at the centre of something which, seen from without, would look exactly like an Inner Ring. But the difference is that the secrecy is accidental, and its exclusiveness a by-product, and no one was led thither by the lure of the esoteric: for it is only four or five people who like one another meeting to do things that they like. This is friendship. Aristotle placed it among the virtues. It causes perhaps half of all the happiness in the world, and no Inner Ring can ever have it.”

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